Criminal Defense Attorney in Chicago and Cook County.

Being charged with any crime is a serious matter and one that you need to give your full attention to as soon as it happens. You can't fight the system on your own, and your future is too important to trust to anyone but the best attorney to help you mount a strong legal defense. Whether you have been charged with a serious felony or a lesser misdemeanor, every conviction can follow you around for the rest of your life. That's why it's essential to do everything you can to work with an experienced criminal lawyer to prove your innocence.

I have been a member of the Chicago and Cook County legal community for ten years, handling thousands of criminal defense cases. During that time, I've built a reputation based on experience on the front lines of numerous trials and negotiated settlements. Being charged with a crime is one of the most difficult times of your life, and it's my job to use my experience to your advantage and to ease your fears. Gaining your trust by demonstrating a deep knowledge of criminal law is one of the keys to gaining the best possible outcome for your situation.

I am a firm believer in open communication. A lack of dialog only feeds fears at a time when you need to have as many answers as possible. I do everything I can to maintain an open exchange of information, solidifying our efforts as a unified team.

I also take pride in making sure that each of my clients receives individualized attention. My commitment to each of my clients and to myself is to treat each person with compassion and respect. The stronger our relationship is, the better chance we have of building a team that will protect your rights and preserve your freedom.


When you hire me to defend your rights, I focus on the outcome you want.

I can achieve your goal by using my tested trial experience, persuasive negotiating techniques and most importantly my commitment to stand up and fight for you.  If you must keep your record clean, I understand the law and all your options.  If the goal is to beat your case, I will prepare your own customized trial strategy that will give you the best chance of winning.  I will use my years of experience working in all the criminal courts in Cook County/Chicago and the surrounding counties. 

My decision-making is based on successfully defending you.   I consider such factors as which judge you are before, your criminal background, the charges, and the  unique facts of your case.  I have proven strategies that will protect you at every stage of your case; including the bond hearing, preliminary hearing, motions to quash arrest and suppress evidence, motions to suppress statements, and bench or jury trials. 

I give every client individualized treatment and communication. It is very important to me that my clients understand their particular case is unique.  I will show you what can be done to protect your interests. You will always be able to reach me on my cell phone and if you want to come in and sit down to discuss your case, I will be available for you.

I have a clear understanding of the immigration consequences of a felony or misdemeanor criminal conviction.  I specialize in advising clients who are undocumented in the United States and charged criminally.  My existing clients and their families depend on me to put on a tenacious defense…so can you.


A Chicago DUI Lawyer You Can Trust

Drinking and driving is a dangerous mixture that can wind up getting you into a situation that threatens your income, livelihood, and even your occupation. When it comes to driving under the influence, the laws and the consequences are clear and detrimental. As an experienced DUI lawyer, I have worked with countless clients looking to secure the best possible outcome for themselves. The goal is to disrupt their lives as little as possible. I have also worked with clients who feel they were wrongfully charged by the officer who arrested them for a DUI offense. Find out how to navigate this process so that you can protect your rights and your future.


Sex Crimes Attorney in Chicago and Cook County

Being charged with a sex crime can not only be embarrassing, but it can put your occupation and livelihood at risk. Ranging from a misdemeanor to felony offenses, these charges can land you in jail, and the stigma of having a sex crime on your record will follow you for the rest of your life. If you are someone who has been wrongfully accused of a sex crime, this embarrassment and stress is compounded significantly. As a qualified and experienced sex crimes attorney, I will do everything it takes to preserve your rights and best interests.


Drug Crimes Attorney in Chicago and Cook County

As a drug crimes attorney, I have helped customers from a variety of backgrounds avoid severe or unjustified charges. Drug crimes are taken very seriously and can lead to maximum jail time punishments of up to 1 year to up to 20 years. There is no doubt about it: Hiring me as your drug crimes attorney will help immensely in securing your rights and your best interests as I can use my knowledge and experience to prepare you for your trial. The consequences for not delivering your very best defense are just too high for you to risk the opportunity of not having a drug crimes attorney on your side!


Theft Charges Defense in Chicago and Cook County

Whether your charges are theft, retail theft, fraud, or forgery, you still stand to face jail time or a blemish on your record for a serious crime. If you have been accused of a valuable enough item, it can carry a hefty jail sentence and be marked as a felony. You need a strong theft charges defense to help protect you from wrongful conviction or unjust punishments. This is yet another instance where you do not want to take the risk of not having a qualified defense attorney on your side to help you protect your rights.


Felony Charges Defense in Chicago and Cook County

Felony defense will help protect you from having your record tainted. With a felony, the crime follows you after you have completed your consequence by staying on your record and making finding jobs difficult. Again, it is simply not worth the risk! Contact me, David M. Smith, Attorney at Law, and I will help you discover the best way to prepare for and defend yourself in court.