If you have been arrested and are now facing criminal charges in Cook County, where should you turn? In a large county like Cook, you have many options for legal representation. Okabe & Haushalter is truly one of Illinois’ premier criminal defense law firms. Not only are attorneys at our firm knowledgeable of effective defense tactics and courtroom procedure, they have an intimate knowledge of Cook County specifically. In fact, our firm has former Cook County state attorneys on staff. Okabe & Haushalter is also frequently featured on state and national media news outlets such as CNN and Fox News for legal commentary on prominent criminal cases. This coincides with our involvement in many high-profile cases such as the Michael Jackson case and the OJ Simpson case. Our firm stays cool under pressure and knows how to deal with even the most complex cases.

Our firm has been nationally recognized for our excellence in the field of criminal defense. Recently, attorneys at our firm were rated by Newsweekmagazine as Leading Criminal Defense Attorneys for 2012. Other awards and recognitions include Super Lawyers®ratings, 10 out of 10 “Superb” Avvo ratings and “Top 40 Under 40.” Okabe & Haushalter truly stands out among the rest for quality and effectiveness. As a criminal defense law firm, we handle all types of felony and misdemeanor cases such as drug crimessex offensescomputer crimeswhite collar crimes and more. Our track record indicates that we are often able to get our clients’ charges reduced or dismissed. While past case results alone are not enough to indicate future success, they are a good measure for overall quality and consistently skillful effort.


Chicago is the County Seat of Cook County. This is one of the most populous counties in the nation, coming in second only to Los Angeles County in California. In fact, Cook County has more residents than some U.S. states have. In an area this populous, your search for a skilled criminal defense attorney can be overwhelming, but our firm stands out. If you were arrested in or near Chicago, Oak Lawn, Northlake, Evanston or any other city in Cook County, know that Okabe & Haushalter can handle your case.

Crime rates in certain areas of Cook County are higher than the national average. For example, crime rates in the city of Evanston indicate that this area scores a 25 out of a possible of 100 in regards to safety. In other words, the crime rates are higher than in 75 percent of other U.S. cities. A large majority of the crimes are property crimes, but in Evanston there are on average more than 100 violent crimes per year. The city of Chicago has one of the statistically highest crime rates in the nation. Chicago has a crime rate higher than 92 percent of other U.S. cities. Annually, there are anywhere from 25,000 to 28,000 violent crimes committed in Chicago.

There are various courts in Cook County. Where your case will be held will depend on the nature of your alleged offense as well as the location. The First Municipal District Court is located in Chicago and handles felony preliminary hearings, misdemeanors, fugitive warrants and more. The Circuit Court of Cook County’s Second Municipal District serves the communities of Evanston, Northbrook, Winnetka and more. To learn more about where your case might be held, speak directly with a Cook County criminal defense lawyer from Okabe & Haushalter.


If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in Cook County, please do not hesitate to contact our firm. The attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter have years of experience with the criminal justice system, the criminal codes of Illinois and court procedure in Cook County. At our firm, we have a comprehensive understanding of the law and know how to creatively apply it to each client’s unique case. A criminal conviction can severely taint your reputation and result in severe penalties such as fines, community service and imprisonment. Okabe & Haushalter provides free case evaluations, so it costs you nothing to get counsel from our firm and in no way obligates you to utilize our legal services. When your freedom is on the line, place your trust in the hands of qualified lawyers.


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