Okabe & Haushalter provides skilled criminal defense representation to individuals who have been arrested and charged with crimes in Lake County, Illinois. Our firm has been advocating for the rights of the criminally accused for years, and we are familiar with the criminal justice system in Illinois. We have former Cook County state attorneys on staff, which not only gives us insight into the Illinois criminal justice system, but also affords us knowledge of the other side of criminal cases. Our legal team is also skilled in other areas. For example, some of our attorneys have been included in the list of Super Lawyers®, a designation reserved only for the top five percent of attorneys in each state annually. Others have been rated 10 out of 10 “Superb” on Avvo and have been recognized by Newsweek magazine as Leading Criminal Defense Attorneys.

With accolades like this, you can be confident in choosing our firm. There may be many law firms you could choose from in an area like Lake County and the greater Chicago metropolitan area, but we encourage you to consider the difference of Okabe & Haushalter. Our awards testify to our quality, but our firm has also been recognized as a legal resource by major media news networks such as CNN and Fox News. We are frequently called upon to give commentary on high-profile and prominent cases across the nation. We have even handled these types of cases first hand as you can see from our involvement in the OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson and Dream Board cases. When it comes to criminal defense, Okabe & Haushalter truly stands out as a top defense firm in Illinois.


Situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, Lake County is populated by over 703,000 residents. Nearly six percent of the Lake County population is below the poverty line, and the per capita income is roughly $32,000. Lake County was previously part of McHenry County, but the two were separated in 1839. Some of the more prominent cities in this county include Waukegan, North Chicago, Zion and Highland Park. The entire county encompasses 18 distinct townships including Waukegan, Vernon and Warren.

The crime rates in Lake County vary by city and community. For example, the city of Waukegan is rated 27 on the crime index. This means that crime happens more frequently that it occurs in 73 percent of other U.S. cities. In the city of North Chicago, crime rates are higher than in 62 percent of other U.S. cities. The trend in Lake County seems to indicate a crime rate that is somewhat higher than the national average. By and far, crime statistics indicate a much higher occurrence of property crimes than violent crimes.


As a criminal defense law firm, Okabe & Haushalter handles all types of both felony and misdemeanor cases. Some cases we frequently handle include white collar crimesfederal offensessex crimescomputer crimes and much more. Our attorneys are trial ready and are equipped to handle cases in both state and federal courts. If you are interested in procuring some of the best legal representation you will find in Illinois, call today and speak with a Lake County criminal defense attorney from our firm. Consultations are free!


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