Legal Defenders, P.C.

Illinois Expungement Lawyers

We have never lost an expungement or sealing case! Since 2004, Legal Defenders P.C, has been servicing client’s in the greater Chicago area - including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. We exclusively focus on sealing and expunging criminal records. We understand how important it is to you and your family to have your record expunged so you can move on with your life.

Managing partner, John D. Ioakimidis, with over 25 years of experience, has helped thousands of clients get through the criminal justice system. He has successfully sealed or expunged cases throughout northern Illinois - including voluntary manslaughter, UUW and weapon charges, residential burglary, drug cases, retail theft, felony theft, battery, and other serious cases. John’s recognitions include:

  • "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" by the National Trial Lawyers.
  • “10 Best Client Satisfaction Award" by American Association of Criminal Law Attorneys.
  • Rated as “Superb” by AVVO.
  • Rated 10.0 by Justia – the highest ranking.

John has appeared on television and radio shows, referenced to in newspaper articles and served as a Cook County Arbitrator. He is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Northern District of Illinois, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and all Illinois Courts.

Our experienced team has successfully defended, expunged, and/or sealed thousands of cases. Very few firms in northern Illinois have such substantial experience. Call us at 312-229-5500 for a free consultation with a highly experienced attorney who understands how important it is for you to expunge your record.

Case Results
  • Voluntary ManslaughterOur client was convicted over 25 years ago for killing his wife after a heated altercation. Although he completed his sentence, was able to get his life together and embark on a successful career, his record always came up and was a constant burden. He was ashamed that the public, his employer, friends, and family knew of his case. The State’s Attorney aggressively objected to sealing the record. By being prepared and after a lengthy hearing, the Court agreed with us that our client deserved a second chance and sealed his record.night in jail...
  • Felony Residential Burglary Our client was arrested for breaking into a residence. He was placed on qualified probation and avoided going to jail. After the requisite time had passed, we were able to expunge his record. With his record expunged, all the documents and computer data related to his case were destroyed. It’s like his case never happened. He was relatively young when he made that mistake and now will not be burdened with a mistake that he made for the rest of his life.
  • Drug Trafficking/DeliveryMany years ago, our client was arrested and convicted for trafficking several pounds of illegal drugs. After serving his time, he entered into the financial world, which required several licenses. His record was not allowing him to expand his business relationships in the financial world because he was unable to pass a criminal background check and get certain state and federal licenses. With his record sealed, he is now able to further pursue his business interests without any fear.
  • Retail TheftOur client had several retail theft cases at various courthouses. We filed a Petition to Expunge each case. We submitted a mitigation packet to the State's Attorney and the Court, and were able to convince the judge that our client had changed her life and needed to get her record expunged in order to enter the nursing field.
  • Domestic BatteryOur client was employed by a national organization and had a highly public position. He was arrested for Domestic Battery after an altercation with his wife. After the matter was dismissed, we filed a Petition to Expunge the Record. The State's Attorney objected to our Petition. After a lengthy hearing, we were able to convince the Court that our client was worthy of having his record expunged and that the public had no interest in keeping the record from being destroyed. Our client was relieved that he was able to keep his high profile position and avoided the embarrassment of having a Domestic Battery arrest on his record.