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Criminal charges and accusations should be taken seriously to effectively protect your future. With over 30 years of legal experience, 27 of them exclusively focused on criminal law, clients often turn to me, attorney Bruce Paynter at the Law Offices of Bruce D. Paynter, P.C. for legal representation.  I am a highly experienced lawyer that is dedicated to protecting my clients' interests and obtaining results that will have the greatest benefit for their future.

My law practice is devoted solely to providing guidance, advice, and counsel to individuals that find themselves facing criminal and traffic charges and/or accusations. My reputation for thoroughness and fairness is of great benefit if a case calls for negotiation with the prosecution or a conference with the judge. In those cases where the best outcome can only be achieved by trial, my clients always will find me prepared and "ready to go." By concentrating my energy in this area of law, I am able to constantly monitor new case law and legal precedents that relate to criminal defense.

I handle every type of felony, misdemeanor, and traffic case with confidence, including, but not limited to: 

In every case I handle, I work efficiently to minimize the disruption to the client's life and finances. I take the time to talk with each client about their situation, determine their goals, and realistically assess the possibilities for a favorable resolution. I am then prepared to provide each client with a realistic evaluation and the best possible strategy for achieving the client's objective.

Contact a Cook County and Chicago metro area criminal law attorney that is dedicated to pursuing a favorable resolution to your case that is in your best interests. I work hard to achieve the best possible outcome in every case and I strive to minimize the impact that any penalties or settlement may have on your life and family. Get in touch with me, Bruce Paynter, today to discuss your case and legal needs during a free initial consultation.

The Law Offices of Bruce D. Paynter, P.C. provides criminal defense of all criminal and traffic matters in the greater Chicago, Illinois area, particularly the Cook County criminal court building at 26th Street and California Avenue in Chicago, and the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago, including Lake County, DuPage County, with particular emphasis on the communities of Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Glenview, Skokie, Wilmette, Evanston, and all surrounding areas.


Practice areas

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
  3. Litigation: 10%



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The Law Offices of Bruce D. Paynter

1655 North Arlington Heights Road
Suite 100 East
Arlington Heights, IL, 60004


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyWilliams Montgomery & John Ltd.1997 - 2000
Assistant State's AttorneyState's Attorney's Office for Cook County, IL1976 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Northwest Suburban Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - 2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Northwestern UniversityHistory, EnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1973