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Harold L. Wallin

DUI and DWI Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   42 reviews
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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Harold

Learn Harold’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%
    The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin proudly represents its clients throughout Northern Illinois, concentrating in DUI and related traffic matters. Call now for a free consultation.

  2. Car accident
    20%
    If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own, call Attorney Wallin today for a free consultation.

  3. Criminal defense
    15%
    Attorney Wallin is an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. If you have been accused of a crime in Illinois, call Attorney Wallin today for a free consultation and let him help.

  4. Slip and fall accident
    5%
    If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence or have been hurt by falling through no fault of your own, call Attorney Wallin immediately.

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%
    Attorney Wallin is supremely qualified to handle your speeding and traffic ticket cases. Depending on the severity of your ticket, the punishment can be quite severe. Call now for a free consult.

  6. Wrongful death
    5%
    Attorney Wallin is capable of handling your wrongful death case. If you have lost someone you love due to someone else's negligence, call him today.

THOUGHTFUL. PROFESSIONAL. DEDICATED. CALL NOW FOR A FREE CONSULTATION.

I have been in practice for over 25 years and have tried hundreds of cases to verdict, representing clients in both criminal and civil matters, including but not limited to: DUI, felony and misdemeanor criminal defense,  personal injury, including automobile accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, wrongful death and medical malpractice as well as other civil litigation. I have represented both plaintiffs and defendants, as well as petitioners seeking reinstatement of their drivers licenses.

I am honored that many of my clients are referred by previous clients and fellow attorneys, and to have been rated as a Super Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, one of Chicago's Top Three DUI Attorneys by Three Best Rated and one of Illinois' Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers.

I am a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Crminal Defense Lawyers and the Illinois Lawyers and Substance Abuse Counselor's Association.

I currently serve as a member of Lake County's Ethics Commission and as Chair of the Hearings Division of the Chicago Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee.

 

Awards

Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013
Top Contributor
2023 2022 2021 + 8 ...
Client's Choice 2012,2010
Client's Choice
2012 2010

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superior lawyer
Mr Wallin did an amazing job on my DUI case. He answered every call and question I had, and explained the legal aspects of my case to me in a way I could understand. I highly recommend Mr Wallin for any of your legal needs.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal Genius
I have been hiring Harold for since 2016 and he was referred to me by a family member. He has gotten me a off on two separate trials, one for battery and the other was DUI, not to mention represented me in successfully gaining a restricted drivers license. Does not nickel and dime and is far from lazy, and more importantly is a tirelessly diligent attorney whom I am very thankful for.
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Posted by Jesus Herrera | September 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best lawyer in Chicago
He helped me get out of my dui he is a really excellent loyar I would totally recommend him for any type of occasion tanks for helping me Harold
Posted by Jesus | February 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dui
Great guy to work with, and gets the jobs done. He Got my license back after being suspended and beat my 2nd dui yesterday, quick and efficient!
Posted by Levon | April 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Greatness.
Attorney Wallin was very helpful with resolving the issue of properly obtaining my license. He put me in touch with the right people far as evaluator and himself. Mr.Wallin was promt with video calls and gave me his honest opinion. I would recommend Attorney Wallin for any one with traffic related issues. Thanks Mr.Wallin for helping me obtain my license again after 7years of being without them.
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Posted by Gauge | October 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perry mason like skills
This guy is a great lawyer! He did a great job helping me out . I highly recommend him. Very knowledgeable. Great guy, even greater lawyer
Posted by Vickie | April 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Wallin worked very hard on my case. It was a weird situation and the case dragged on endlessly during COVID. I will forever be grateful.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient & Easy to Work With!
I am so thankful I came across Harold Wallin during a search for legal assistance. I needed his expertise when dealing with my DUI. He was always accessible to answer my multitude of questions and put my mind at ease. He helped make an awful situation more manageable and for that I am truly grateful. I would recommend his services to anyone, he is worth his weight in gold.
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Posted by Eddie | March 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great DUI Attorney
Mr. Wallin knows what he's doing. He helped me get my license back after it being revoked for over 20 years. He helped me to prepare well and made sure I was prepared well for my hearings. If you're in a similar situation like I was in contact Harold. As long as you follow what he tells you to do you'll get your license back.
Posted by Boyce | October 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI
Harvey is a great lawyer with great experience I would recommend to everyone
Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Very good and reliable lawyer. Handled my case with care and precision and very reasonable price, in over satisfied with his service. Would definitely recommend to others. Won a trial that I thought was .
Posted by Jamarcus | October 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Mr Wallin took my case and had my charges dismissed before we made it to trial. He did everything professional and in a timely fashion. He has a excellent line of communication and I was honored to have him represent me.
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dui
Where do I begin... I’ve been dealing with Harold for a long time since I have 3 dui’s. He not only kept me out of jail, but he kept me with a driving permit and now my full license. He’s goes to bat for you and makes the impossible, possible. I would recommend him to anyone. He set me up with everything I needed to be successful.
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Posted by Terrance L. Lyles | September 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
THE VERY BEST!!!
In April of 2019, a nightmare happened in my life. I was at a bar having drinks with my friends celebrating the life of a former classmate that passed away unfortunately. Next thing I knew I was being awakened by the police because I fell asleep behind the wheel of my car with my foot on the break at an intersection. I was arrested and charged with a DUI and a violation of my Conceal Carry license having my firearm with me in the car. I was so humiliated and feared losing my Driver's License. It was a difficult time for me I had never been in trouble before in my life. I was very afraid of what could happen. Harold Wallin was referred to me by a close friend that went through a DUI charge. I can't use enough words to express my appreciation for this man. He helped me by getting me Supervision and he saved my Driver's License from being suspended. A suspension meant automatic suspension from State employment, pending discharge. Mr. Wallin was honest, calm and cool, very knowledgeable, professional, and he charged a very fair fee. Not only that, his responses to my emails and texts were timely. Yes, texts! He is very personable and reminded me of court dates and his status through is phone. This meant everything to me because his communication gave me the confidence I needed to know that my case was in the right hands and that he was trustworthy. Being afraid of the potential outcome of my life, this simple, yet huge gesture made me feel like my issue mattered to him. I would recommend Mr. Wallin to anyone looking for the right attorney for their DUI case. You MUST hire the professional that knows what he is doing, and this is Harold Wallin! The man is so cool and calm it rubs off on you to know all will be ok. Unfortunately, he could not save me from a conviction of violation of my Conceal Carry License, although he tried exceedingly. I can't even complain, I had to take that one on the chin. That became the least of my concerns after getting supervision. I made a bad choice and it changed my life. Very happy I had Mr. Wallin in my corner! Do NOT hire anyone else but Mr. Wallin. I promise you will not go wrong!
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A true experienced attorney
Gave me right directions and comments from his past experiences which took away my nervousness!
Posted by Bonnie | August 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick, tech-savvy, helpful and reasonable!
I received a "must-appear" traffic ticket on a one-day trip to Chicago, and couldn't appear in court on the day assigned without completely ruining my summer vacation. I contacted Mr. Wallin on my cell phone, and within minutes - while he was actually in the court building waiting for another case - we had electronically exchanged all the evidence he needed, his fee payment, an escrow payment for estimated court fees and fines and a link to print out my plea and have it notarized. In the end, I got back $100 of the estimated fine, all for much less than it would have cost to fly to Chicago simply to appear at my court date. Very happy with the way this turned out!
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Posted by Craig | July 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very accountable and help beat my case
Mr. Wallin was very professional in handling my case. He provided me with free consultation and an outlook on what I needed to do to help myself make the best case before even hiring him as my lawyer. I moved forward with him because I knew he had the insight to help win my case as he did. I beat a revoaked license, no insurance, and obidence to peace officer because of him. Hire him if you want positive results!
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Lawyer!
If you are in the unfortunate situation of being charged with a DUI (and doubly so in a case like mine where you made the terrible choice to drink and drive for a “2nd time”), you need not look further than Harold Wallin as one of the best choices for an attorney to represent you. I admit that after he cleared me completely of a DUI conviction several years ago, I was dumb enough to let it happen again in my life. That being said, I did not even think twice about hiring Harold immediately with my second DUI charge. Right away he was able to save my license from being suspended for six months under the Statutory Summary Suspension. Now being that I had tested a little over .08 BAC this time (and again that it was my 2nd time being charged), I knew this likely was not going to have the same outcome as my 1st case. But in the end Harold was able to have my case reduced to a reckless driving charge with the 12 month supervision period. I do strongly feel that I may not have had such favorable results with a different lawyer. Harold is a quality and affordable attorney who knows all the ins and outs of the legal system. He is very prompt, courteous, and treats his clients with utmost professionalism. From my experience I can definitely say that you are in great hands with Harold Wallin.
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Posted by Michael | October 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI
Mr. Harold L. Wallin was contacted by me to find out if he would take an out of state DUI. I lived in Chicago when I got the DUI, but I moved out of state due to family emergency. Mr. H.L. Wallin took the case and gave me guidelines to follow. I followed instructions and what I did comprehend he explained clearly. He was patient and empathy. I was able to get my license reinstated due to his excellent professional knowledge.
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Posted by Kent | August 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The right man for the job
Harold handled my case expertly; every recommendation he made had a positive impact on the result. When the prosecutor even points out that, "you hired the right attorney,' you know you are working with an experienced and savvy counselor. He was responsive to all communication and led the proceedings to the best conclusion as we set out the defense. I won't be hiring him again, but only as I have no intention of having this happen a second time. However, I would make Harold my first choice if I was in need. Hands down, a superb job by a calm and confident attorney.
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Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin
  • 2000 - Present
  • Commissioner
  • Lake County Ethics Commision
  • 2021 - 2021
  • Associate
  • Richard Cohen & Associates
  • 1995 - 2000

Education

  • Washington University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. AS
  • Not Guilty
  • People v. AC
  • Not Guilty
  • People v. R.D.
  • Not Guilty

Associations

  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Illinois Lawyer & Substance Abuse Counselor Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Traffic Laws and Courts Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Tort Law Section
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, Traffic Laws Committee
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2022
  • One of the Three Best DWI Lawyers in Chicago
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2022
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • AV Rated Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • 3 Best DUI Lawyers in Chicago
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • 3 Best DUI Lawyers in Chicago
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • 3 Best DUI Lawyers in Chicago
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 20 Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Expertise
  • 2019
  • Top 20 Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Expertise
  • 2018
  • Top 3 DUI Lawyers in Chicago
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2018
  • Top 10 DUI Lawyer in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 3 DWI Lawyers in Chicago
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2017
  • Top 20 Chicago Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Expertise
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 10 DUI Lawyer in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 3 DWI Lawyers in Chicago
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 20 Chicago Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Expertise
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 10 DUI Lawyer in Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 3 DWI Lawyers in Chicago
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • BNA Law Student Award
  • The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. and Washington University School of Law
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Given (68)
Endorse Harold
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"To say that Harold is a great attorney is an understatement. He is honest, hard-working, and I would trust him to handle any legal matters. I have known him for years and I heartily endorse him!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with and against Harold Wallin for over 25 years. His knowledge and commitment to the law and trial technique is as good as it gets. Understated , yet zealous in his approach to litigation - the highest compliment is that if friends or family were in need of a lawyer for a DUI / Criminal matter in Chicago , Mr. Wallin would be my first choice."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wallin is attentive, knowledgable and a zealous advocate for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.He is effective and dedicated to his clients. He is well respected by the legal community as well as the bench"
Car accident Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This is an attorney who takes the time to care about clients and answer questions with patience and knowledge."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Howard Wallin is one of America's Finest Lawyers, if you need the best in representation call him, you won't be disappointed. I endorse him!"
Car accident Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, who provides so generously to the AVVO community and gives sound legal advice."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Harold Wallin is a great asset to the Avvo Community. and provides sound legal advice to others."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Wallin does what I do. We got to the same trainings and fight the same obstacles. Our clients suffer from the same misconceptions. He is the genuine article. Whether one is defending a charge or trying to restore privileges, he is the consummate professional. If I had a relative with driving privilege issues in his City, I'd refer to Harold in a heartbeat."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Harold Wallin is a great asset to the Avvo Community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Wallin. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Quality representation and exceptional attentiveness to clients. One of the absolute best for DUIs."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer does a great job with the community. I endorse this lawyer"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Other
"This attorney goes above and beyond to get the best results for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Harold Wallin is an excellent attorney who is highly respected in the legal community!!!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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