Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer

Providing Zealous Defense of Felonies and Misdemeanors in Cook and DuPage Counties, Illinois

Our firm understands that being charged with a criminal offense can be one of the most unsettling and daunting occurrences to happen to an individual. Nothing can prepare you for an arrest and subsequent stay at the local police station while awaiting questioning or for formal criminal charges to be brought against you or a family member. And if you have never been through this process before, your first inclination might be to make a statement in the hopes that they will set you free. This would be your first mistake. Before speaking with any law enforcement personnel, you need to obtain legal representation from an experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney. DO NOT DISCUSS YOUR CASE WITH ANYONE INCLUDING LAW ENFORCEMENT UNTIL YOU HAVE AN ATTORNEY PRESENT TO PROTECT YOUR INTEREST AND PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE!

Law enforcement officers consider the time prior to a suspect asserting his or her right to an attorney because the police can lie, misrepresent the evidence against you and employ a wide range of effective tactics to scare you into making damaging admissions that may become the strongest evidence in the prosecutor’s case. When you immediately assert your right to have an experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney like David L. Freidberg present he can protect your from inappropriate lines of questioning, object to unfair forms of pressure during interrogations, monitor police lineups for due process violations, challenge requests to exercise search warrants and otherwise confine the scope of the investigation and safeguard your Constitutional rights.

Mr. Freidberg has been defending the constitutional rights and freedom of those accused of state and federal criminal offenses for almost 20 years. This extensive experience means that Mr. Freidberg has the necessary knowledge of the law and law enforcement procedures to identify legal and factual issues that compromise the prosecutor’s case so that he can seek a dismissal, acquittal or significant reduction in the charge or penalties. We recognize the advantage of being retained early before charges are formally filed. This allows us to play a role in controlling the scope of the investigation while protecting our clients from unwittingly waiving their rights when they are under suspicion of committing a criminal offense under Federal or Illinois criminal law.

As a seasoned lawyer committed to zealously using all of the resources at his disposal to obtain the best outcome for his clients, Mr. Freidberg often utilizes private investigators, forensic experts, medical experts, accident reconstructionist, mental health experts and others to build the most compelling defense available based on the facts and law. We carefully scrutinize all law enforcement procedures to identify potential violations of due process, unlawful searches or involuntary confessions that may provide an opportunity for Mr. Freidberg to file a motion to have the illegally obtained evidence and other evidence that flows from such evidence (so-called “fruit from the poisonous tree”) excluded from the case.

Because of his many years representing those accused of a wide range of criminal offenses in hundreds upon hundreds of cases, Chicago attorney David L. Freidberg effectively represents clients in criminal offenses that cover the spectrum from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies, including but not limited to the following:

Anyone who is facing criminal charges needs to understand their rights and the potential consequences of a conviction. The formal penalties of a misdemeanor or felony conviction may include a wide range of sanctions including some or all of the following:

  • Incarceration in jail or state prison
  • Severe fines
  • Loss of driving privileges
  • Community service
  • Mandatory classes (e.g. anger management, substance abuse)
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle
  • Probation
  • Registration as a sex offender
  • Lifelong criminal record
  • Exposure to random searches and drug tests without probable cause
  • Potential restrictions on where you can work, live and travel
  • Imposition of no contact orders and injunctions

While this list may look daunting, it is neither a comprehensive list of potential forms of punishment imposed by a Cook County criminal court nor does it begin to present the complete picture of the impact of a misdemeanor or felony conviction in Illinois. These are the formal types of punishment that a court may impose, but the potential impact of a guilty verdict in an Illinois criminal case is far more expansive and may include:

  • Immigration consequences, such as deportation, permanent ban on re-entry or loss of eligibility for nationalization or citizenship
  • Inability to obtain a security clearance
  • Denial of employment or rental housing as a result of your conviction
  • Ineligibility for certain professional or occupational licensing
  • Damage to your personal and professional reputation
  • Exposure to academic discipline from colleges and universities
  • Difficulty in obtaining credit and financial aid
  • Denial of admission, suspension or expulsion from college
  • Adverse impact on family law cases involving custody and visitation of your children

The point is that a criminal record can create problems in many facets of your life that include your personal relationships, career and even your ability to choose where you want to live. Mr. Freidberg understands the importance of leaving no stone unturned when determining the best strategy for minimizing the impact of a criminal case and obtaining a dismissal or acquittal from the charges. While we doggedly pursue the best outcome for our clients, we also provide candid straightforward advice regarding your options. Mr. Freidberg will seek to exclude evidence or expose weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case wherever possible, but he will also be honest about when your best choice is to accept a negotiated plea agreement.

Because Mr. Freidberg has been defending those charged with the full spectrum of criminal offenses in state and federal courts for close to two decades, he recognizes that the stakes are high for clients charged with a crime and works diligently to defend his clients’ futures. Our experienced Chicago defense lawyers carefully investigate issues of fact and law and expose improper or illegal police tactics. Our law firm offers a confidential consultation so that we can explain your legal rights and potential defenses. We invite you to contact us at 312-560-7100 or email us to learn how we can begin fighting for you. As always, your first consultation is free and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to protect you and your rights.


Based on People of the State of Illinois v. Aguilar, 2013 IL 112116, the Illinois Unlawful Use of Weapons statute has been declared unconstitutional. The statute in question is 720 ILCS 5/24-1.6(a)(1), (a)(3)(A). We have been successful in vacating these convictions and restoring our clients’ criminal backgrounds. If you or someone you know has previously been convicted under this statute, please contact us at 312-560-7100 immediately for a free consultation to see how we can help vacate these convictions and possibly erase your criminal background.