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Richard Joseph Albanese

Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney at Waukegan, IL

5.0   93 reviews
  • State Years
    Wisconsin - WI 13 years
    Illinois - IL 24 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Speeding and traffic ticket
    85%
    I have handled thousands of speeding and traffic tickets as well as suspended licenses on the misdemeanor and felony level. I also have insight on how these offenses can affect your insurance premiums, CDL licenses and your driving privileges in general if not handled properly. I am prepared to defend your rights before a judge or jury with any type of traffic case.

    26 years, 10,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    10%
    As a former criminal prosecutor I have unique insights into the law and law enforcement concerning these cases. I have received continuous training to stay sharp on the complicated laws in this field and have conducts hundreds of bench and jury trials in not only misdemeanor but serious felony DUI/OWI cases.

    26 years, 10,000 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    5%
    I am licensed in both Illinois and Wisconsin and handle all criminal matters in both states. I am a former prosecutor with twenty five years experience handling every type of criminal case including traffic tickets, DUI, OWI, Misdmeanors and Felonys.

    26 years, 15,000 cases

My name is Richard Albanese and I am a Traffic and Criminal Defense Attorney uniquely geographically located to provide exceptional representation to residents of Illinois and Wisconsin. I am fully licensed and actively practicing in both Illinois and Wisconsin. I routinely handle criminal misdemeanors, felonys, traffic, DUI and OWI cases in both states and advise clients on the possible interstate consequences. I have been practicing law for over two decades. 

I have over a decade of experience as a criminal prosecutor serving in Cook County, one of the largest offices in the country. My exposure to massive caseloads has provided me with the tremendous opportunity to handle thousands of cases, motions and trials in all areas of criminal law and to also learn how the prosecutors think and approach cases, which sets me apart from many defense attorneys. I am very much at home in the courtroom and am well known for my courtroom "presence" and common sense arguments that judges and jurors respond favorably to.

I have also proudly served the in the United States Military and was a member of the NATO Operation Joint Endeavor to Bosnia. My philosophy and approach to handling all cases is to remain professional and courteous to the court and adversaries in handling all matters and to demonstrate a ready and strong willingness to fight for my clients at motion or trial if a favorable disposition cannot be reached. I believe in full explanations to clients regarding all possible decisions that need to be made as well as potential outcomes and consequences regarding every case I handle. Please don't hesitate to contact me for a free consultation regarding your case or for a referral to one of my professional extensive contacts in other areas of the law.

Photos and videos

Official Logo of the Richard Albanese Law Office
Reciting the Oath of the Great State of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Swearing in Ceremony
Signing the Wisconsin Roll of Attorneys at the Capital

Location

Richard Albanese Law Office
5 South County St.
First Floor
Waukegan, IL, 60085

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Oliver | May 8, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Job well done Richard! Thank you for the services.
I received a traffic violation on I-94 in the mess of the construction if you can believe that nonsense. The cop gave me a 20 mph over the speed limit with 6 points. Richard got the points reduced to zero with a light fine. He accomplished the job 3 weeks in advance of the court date with me not having to step foot anywhere near a courthouse. 100% justifiable spend for his services! I will definitely use him again, hopefully not too soon.
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Posted by Carolyn | September 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent communication from start to finish
My son with an IL drivers license received a substantial speeding ticket in Wisconsin this summer. Fortunately, I had a referral for Richard Albanese and he contacted me quickly and handled absolutely everything. He kept in contact with me with each step of the process. My son received a very favorable outcome that would not have been possible without Richard's expertise. I would recommend him 100%.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
DUI case IL with WI license
I had questions regarding a dui case and my license (IL case WI license), Attorney Albanese was extremely helpful and more than happy to answer all of my questions. He was very clear and concise and didnt leave me with anything unanswered. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding violation
Richard handled my case efficiently, and kept me well informed throughout the duration of the case, which resulted in an amended charge and reduced fee. Highly recommend
Posted by Tina | December 8, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful and knowledgeable regarding Illinois driver's license/ Wisconsin traffic ticket
Richard was extremely helpful and knowledgeable regarding the Wisconsin to Illinois driving point systems and the impact that the Wisconsin traffic ticket would have on my Illinois license. Highly recommend Richard.
Posted by Karen | November 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
WI/IL Ticket
I received a ticket in WI and was unsure of how it would impact my IL license. Richard is incredibly knowledgeable in this area, explained the process to me clearly, followed through diligently and secured a very positive outcome in my case. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and reliable gentleman
From my initial conversation with Richard until the case being reopened and resolved was a week!! I paid a ticket in cheesehead land Wisconsin for 25mph over, and wasn’t sure my Ill sec of state DL would be suspended due to the amount over the limit… Richard handled promptly and as promised! Highly recommend him! Thank you
Posted by Piotr | October 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Racine county speeding ticket
We hired Richard because my wife received a speeding ticket (18 over) in Racine county, WI. Richard was able to change a moving violation to a non-moving violation that doesn’t go on a driving record. He also reduced the fine of the ticket for us. Last but not least, it was a very quick process. I recommend Richard Albanese if you receive a speeding ticket in WI.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2022
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WI citation as an IL resident
I cannot thank Richard enough for his assistance with resolving a citation received in Wisconsin as I am an Illinois resident. He walked me through our options and was able to quickly resolve (within 1 week). I am extremely thankful for his help and willingness and ability to expedite.
Posted by Victoria | March 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Richard is very professional and honest! We live in Illinois and my husband received speeding violation in Wisconsin. Richard was able to represent us and very serious violation was reduced to non moving ticket. Simply amazing!
Posted by Ansar | January 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
My daughter was charged with leaving the scene, failure to reduce speed, and improper turn. Richard was very helpful and thorough. He was straightforward and constantly in contact with us keeping our minds at ease. He had the case dismissed in a single hearing. Highly recommend.
Posted by Bill | January 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding ticket in Wisconsin
My son received a speeding ticket in Milwaukee and from the moment we contacted attorney Albanese we felt taken care of. He immediately let us know what he could do and explained the possibilities of getting the ticket reduced. Always upfront and always keeps you updated on your case. We couldn't be happier with the outcome and the reduction in the ticket he was able to get! Highest recommendation!
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You
I hired Richard to help with a ticket in Wisconsin and he was able to assist. This was my first time being stopped for speeding in Wisconsin ever, and my first speeding ticket in over 25 years. I hope that I can go at least that long again and won't ever receive another speeding ticket, but if I did, I would definitely call Richard.
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Posted by LMH | November 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A True Super-Lawyer!!!
I was told by a lawyer I used several times previously in Wisconsin that there was no way he could get my extremely excessive speeding ticket in Kenosha diminished to a non-moving violation. He was absolutely sure of it…and was certain that nobody else would be able to help either. After reading some reviews on Richard Albanese and then speaking with him on the phone, he gave me hope that it was possible although he could not promise the outcome. I decided to put my trust and fate in his hands and am SO I happy I did! He got the ticket reduced to a non-moving violation and it will not affect my driving record in Illinois or Wisconsin as I had hoped for and desperately needed. I would recommend him to anyone and will do so to anyone I know in Wisconsin or Illinois if ever asked. He was a true professional and kept me informed every step of the way. Thanks again for everything, Richard!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Rick helped my son
Rick jumped into a situation that involved Illinois and Wisconsin law and did a fantastic job guiding my son and I through the process to reach the best outcome. I was very pleased with his service and ability to get things done!
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Richard Albanese review
Mr. Albanese represented me in a situation I involved myself in. Right away Mr. Albanese got to work doing all he could to help me through this situation and that is exactly what he did. Mr. Albanese worked to lower my charges from what could have been a stain on my record to a minor ticket and for that, I could never thank him enough. I highly recommend making the choice to have Mr. Albanese represent you in any case you may find yourself in.
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Posted by Alam | August 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
Took care of my speeding ticket so that it would not affect my driving record. Excellent services!
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I recommend
He helped me on a moving violation, changed it to non moving so it doesn't impact my driving record. Thanks again!
Posted by Kristen | March 28, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great solid lawyer
Richard Albanese is a very knowledgeable lawyer with sound advice. He takes the time to listen to you and had great suggestions that my other lawyer didn’t think off to help my sons case. Richard knowing both Illinois and Wisconsin law is a huge asset to have in a lawyer. Thanks Richard for your help!
Posted by Marta | January 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Getting a ticket in Wisconsin as an Illinois resident isn't a great experience, but working with Mr. Albanese is. I found myself in those circumstances and am thrilled I hired Mr. Albanese. He was available to discuss my case and any questions, patient, knowledgeable, and straightforward. Hopefully I will not need to, but I will not hesitate hiring him in the future and will definitely recommend him to any friends that may benefit.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Richard Albanese Law Office
  • 2011 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Cook County States Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2011
  • Special Operations
  • United States Army (Active & Reserve)
  • 1992 - 2000

Education

  • Southern Ilinois School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1999
  • Loras College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995
  • Fenwick High School
  • Diploma
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • LAKE COUNTY SUSPENDED - DUI
  • Petty ticket
  • MAYWOOD DUI CASE - ILLINOIS STATE POLICE
  • NOT GUILTY
  • LAKE COUNTY DOMESTIC BATTERY DISMISSED
  • Case dismissed by prosecution
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Associations

  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Mock Trial Judge
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Qualified Referral Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • In Court Bar Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • In Court Bar Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Attorney Referral Qualified Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • In Court Bar Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • Cook County Mandatory Arbitration
  • Arbitrator
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 2010 - Present
  • Member of Capital Litigation Bar
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Mock Trial Association
  • Judge and Legal educator
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the State of Illinois
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2020
  • Top 100 DUI Attorneys in the Chicagoland Area
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2020
  • 10 Best Illinois Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers Criminal Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Legal Argumentation Finalist
  • Southern Illinois University
  • 1999
  • Peacekeeping Medal Operation Joint Endeavor
  • NATO
  • 1998
  • Deans List
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • 1998
  • National Finalist and Outstanding Attorney
  • American Mock Trial Association
  • 1995
  • State Champion - Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Iowa State Forensics
  • 1993
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1990
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2013
  • Lawyers In The Classroom
  • The Illinois Court System
  • 2012
  • Misdemeanor Prosecutor Training
  • Cross Examination of Defense Witnesses
  • 2006
  • TST Training DesPlaines Police Department
  • Police Courtroom Professionalism
  • 2005
  • Evanston Citizens Police Academy
  • A Prosecutor's role in the Criminal Justice System
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (27)
Endorse Richard
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Rick for many years and have seen first hand the oustanding trial lawyer he is. We have worked on many complex cases together as both trial partners and as adversaries. Rick is an extremely bright person and has the rare blend superior analytical and inter personal skills. He is known by his fellow attorneys as an tough, well prepared, highly skilled litigator. Rick handle's his client's matters with aggressive representation along with a thoughfulness of the individual's client's needs. This approach routinely translates into successful results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick and I have worked together many times over the years. Rick was a prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorney's office. He was a formidable opponent. As a prosecutor, Rick always conducted himself with the highest degree of integrity while acting as an aggressive advocate for the State. Now that he is in private practice, Rick has brought the same qualities to his representation of criminal defendants. I highly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Albanese has prove himself to be a great attorney that wins cases."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is terrific! He does a great job in Illinois and Wisconsin. Prior to private practice Richard was great as an ASA!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Rick and I worked together at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. He is a sharp, experienced professional who always acts in the best interests of his clients, whether by taking a case to trial or negotiating a plea."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Albanese for many years. Early in our careers, we prosecuted together in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office where he always exhibited a strong work ethic and handled cases professionally and with great attention to detail. Now, as an established defense attorney, Mr. Albanese continues to apply these same strong attributes to the protection and defense of his clients. He is a strong trial attorney and has dual licensure in Illinois and Wisconsin making him a versatile attorney for clients in Chicago and the surrounding area."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Whether it be a simple traffic ticket or a serious felony offense, Richard is skilled at protecting the rights of his clients. He has excellent trial skills and knows how to effectively negotiate with prosecutors and judges."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard Albanese is a very professional attorney and well versed on case law. I worked with Mr. Albanese while we were both Assistant Cook County State's Attorneys and Richard tried numerous case, jury trial and bench trial to verdict. Richard Albanese went on to leave the state's attorneys office and has a thriving practice in Illinois and Wisconsin. He demonstrates the same attitude in his defense work that he demonstrated as a prosecutor. I highly recommend Mr. Albanese"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard Albanese is one of the best multi-state licensed attorneys I know. It has been a pleasure watching Richard speak with his clients and fight for them inside the courtroom. Because of this, I learned many skills and have become a better lawyer due to Richard's knowledge and leadership. He is a lawyer who is fluent with the law and handles himself in the most professional manner. Being a former state prosecutor, Richard has invaluable experience that he has carried over to the criminal defense side. I would recommend any potential client with a criminal or traffic matter to Richard."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Albanese is one of the most friendly, helpful, and competent defense attorneys that I know. He treats everyone with respect and is well liked and respected in return. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Albanese to anyone in need of an attorney in either Wisconsin or Illinois."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rick is an exceptional attorney. He has excellent trial skills and is well known in the community for being a zealous representative of his clients. He is careful to take the time needed to talk to his clients, explain to them what is happening and answer all of their questions. I worked with Rick more than a decade ago in the Cook County State's Attorneys Office where I watched him juggle a huge caseload without ever missing a beat. He is funny, laid back, hard working, and easy to work with. His personality and expertise makes it easier for his clients to deal with the stress of being in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Rick as a fine criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor. Rick has a wide range of skills and is very experienced. I would be happy to recommend Rick if you need a defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Albabese as both a prosecutor/opposing counsel, and now, as a private defense attorney. His knowledge and skill are of the highest caliber. His worthiness in the courtroom stems from his years of practice and the thousands of cases under his belt. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Albanese is a strong advocate for his clients. He is held in high regard by attorneys on both sides of the bench. As a former prosecutor he is very well informed as to the law and making sure his clients are represented fully. I highly recommend Mr. Albanese."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Mr. Albanese for many years. He was a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney handling felony and misdemeanor cases for many years. He is an attorney with excellent trial skills and a strong knowledge of the law. He is now representing defendants and I have seen him zealously fight for their rights. I endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Rick for many years as both a prosecutor who worked with me and as a criminal defense attorney. Rick is aggressive, sharp and an expert in criminal law. When Rick represents a client, that client can feel very comfortable in the knowledge that they have an attorney with high integrity who will fight very hard for them!"
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