If you were arrested and are now facing the possibility of a criminal conviction in or near Waukegan, get in touch with a criminal defense attorney from Okabe & Haushalter. Our firm is vastly different than any other criminal defense law firm in Lake County or in the entire state of Illinois. First of all, our attorneys have won a variety of prestigious awards and recognitions. Some have been included in the list of Super Lawyers® on one or multiple occasions. Super Lawyers® is a legal rating system that nominates only the top five percent of attorneys in each state annually. Our firm was also recognized by Newsweek magazine as having “Leading Criminal Defense Attorneys” for 2012. Other awards include Top 40 Under 40 from The National Trial Lawyers and 10 out of 10 “Superb” Avvo ratings. Considering these accolades, the difference our firm is substantial.

For our notable legal knowledge and involvement in many high-profile criminal cases, Okabe & Haushalter’s attorneys are often sought for legal commentary by national news networks such as CNN and Fox News. Our firm was involved with the Michael Jackson, OJ Simpson and the Dream Board cases. When the media spotlight was heavy and the case was complex, Okabe & Haushalter stepped up to the challenge. Our firm never backs away from a case simply because it is politically-charged, seemingly complex or controversial. Our knowledge and experience allows us to handle these types of cases with professionalism.

As a criminal defense law firm that represents clients in Waukegan and beyond, we are able to handle any number of criminal cases. Okabe & Haushalter takes on felony and misdemeanor cases including computer crimessex offenseswhite collar crimesfederal crimes and more. Our attorneys are ready to do what it takes to present a strong defense and secure favorable results for our clients, in state and federal court.


Waukegan is a city within the Lake County jurisdiction. The population makes it the ninth-largest city in the state, coming in at just over 89,000 residents. This city is situated on Lake Michigan alongside cities like Chicago, Milwaukee and Green Bay. For its diversity, the city of Waukegan is often referred to as “mini Chicago.” The city is home to people of many ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. The makeup of the residences is also diverse, including farms, million-dollar homes and homes valued in the $100Ks.

The city of Waukegan has a crime rate that is higher than the national average. There are approximately 300 violent and 2,000 property crimes in the city annually. Statistically, the city’s crime rate is higher than in 73 percent of other U.S. cities. Waukegan sometimes refers to itself as the “City of Progress” and hosts many monthly and annual events such as ArtWauk, the Chicago Latino Film Festival and HolidayWauk.


If you were arrested and charged with a crime, you understand that your freedom is on the line. The attorney you choose to represent your case will likely have a massive impact on the outcome of your case, so be sure that you make the right decision. Our firm has been nationally recognized for our skill and effectiveness, so consider us for your criminal case. To learn more, call today and speak with a Waukegan criminal defense attorney from Okabe & Haushalter for a free case evaluation.

Okabe & Haushalter also has an office location in Waukegan, at 5 South County Street, 2nd Floor, North Waukegan, IL 60085.


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