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I am Jerry Novak and I opened Jerry Novak & Associates to help people deal with the stress and legalities associated with DUI and criminal defense. I provide legal advice and representation for people charged with their first DUI or people who have been charged with multiple DUI offenses. I have significant experience handling issues related to DUI defense, Secretary of State Reinstatement Hearings, suspended or revoked driver licenses, and other criminal defense matters.


A majority of my DUI clients come from Lake County and northern Cook County, Illinois including the cities of Grayslake, Waukegan, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Libertyville, Mundelein, Gurnee, and Vernon Hills.


As a former Assistant State’s Attorney and as a private defense attorney, I have handled cases as simple as a traffic violation and as serious as murder. I hold a license to practice law in all Illinois State Courts and all Federal Courts including the U.S. Supreme Court. I have been previously licensed to practice law in Washington D.C. and the U.S. Tax Court.


I have lectured at professional seminars for Alcohol and Drug Counselors including NICASA and IODAPCA. I have been recognized as a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. I have also been a participating member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association and the Lake County Bar Association. I have taught law and business courses at the college level. I hold a J.D. from the John Marshall Law School and a Bachelors Degree from Northeastern Illinois University.


If you have been charged with a Driving Under the Influence or any other criminal offense, please contact Jerald Novak & Associates. I don’t just say I can help with your Illinois DUI defense, I prove I can help.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 55%
  2. Criminal Defense: 22%
  3. Administrative Law: 13%
  4. Speeding Ticket: 10%



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  • Judith Harriet Young

    I endorse this lawyer. Down to earth and a knowledgeable attorney.


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Contact info

Novak Jerald Associates Attorney's At Law

352 Center Street
Grayslake, IL, 60030


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198705/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 DUI Attorney's in ILNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Top Leading DUI Attorneys in ILNewsweek Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJerald Novak & Associates1987 - Present
Assistant State's AttorneyKane County State's Attorney's Office1987 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Bar AssociationN/A1987 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Cook County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
DuPage County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
IL Cops MagazineThe Best Witness Isn't2015
IL Cops MagazineOpen Range2015
IL Cops MagazineIts Not a Perfect System but this time it Worked2015
IL Cops MagazineA Sunday Drive2014
IL Cops magazineLaying Down the Law for IL Cops2014
Concealed Carry MagazineAre You Ready?2013
Illinois ShooterAre YOU Ready to Carry?2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Northeastern Illinois UniversityBusinessBS - Bachelor of Science1980