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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1994||11/21/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2016|
|10 Best for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys||2016|
|Rated as Superb Attorney||Avvo||2016|
|Rated as Excellent Attorney||Avvo||2014|
|Clients' Choice Award||Avvo||2012|
|Graduate Scholarship||Northeastern Illinois Univeristy||1990|
|Attorney / Partner||Legal Defenders, P.C.||2004 - Present|
|Attorney / Partner||Chicago Lawyers Group, PC||1995 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Chicago Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1994 - 2017|
|Hellenic Bar Association at WMU Cooley Law School||President||1993 - 1994|
|State v. B.R.||Case Dismissed|
|State V. DO||Felonies reduced to a single misdemeanor without a criminal conviction.|
|State of Illinois V. ND||DUI charges reduced / Drivers License Reinstated|
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|Legal Defenders Blob||Second Chance Probation - A Primer||2014|
|Legal Defenders, PC||Chicago Criminal Attorneys Blog||2014|
|Legal Defenders Blog||TAN Card and Concealed Weapons in Illinois||2012|
|Legal Defenders Blog||Cook County Felony Deferred Prosecution Program||2012|
|Chicago Area Criminal Defense Attorneys||Chicago Police Posting Pictures Online||2011|
|Chicago Criminal Area Attorneys||TASC and Drug Probation - A Primer||2011|
|Northeastern Illinois University||International Relations||Master of Arts||1997|
|Western Michigan University - Thomas Cooley Law School||Law||Juris Doctor||1994|
|Northeastern Illinois University||Political Science||Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|Lane Tech High School||College Prep||High School Diploma||1986|
|Lincoln Park High School||Criminal Law Issues||2008|
|Mayor Daley's Kid Start Program||Criminal Law issues||2007|
Posted by anonymous
This law firm helped me expunge a criminal record that was preventing me from getting hired. I was told by a different law firm that my record could not be expunged. After hearing this, I was about to give up on getting my record cleared. However, I luckily got a second opinion, and the law firm of John Ioakimidis put the time and effort in to find the truth, which is that my record could be expunged, and I did not have to pay until they verified this. On top of this, they charged me way less than the original law firm would have. Since I live out of state, I needed someone to help me expunge my records, and this law firm definitely helped. They filed the paperwork almost immediately and got the petition approved by a judge, pretty much giving me a second chance in my career.
Posted by David
I was charged with Forgery, a Class 3 Felony. I thought I was doomed. After hiring John, I received TASC probation and my case was dismissed after satisfactory completion of drug treatment (Which I seriously needed). John knows the legal system and the right people in it to get his clients a fair sentence and the help they are entitled to. I would STRONGLY recommend Legal Defenders PC.
Posted by anonymous
I was facing an uphill battle with a UUW. I will spare you the details, but what I will say is that I'm not normally the type of person to find myself in these situations. I have a clean criminal background and have worked extremely hard to put myself in a good position in life. College educated. Great resume and work history. Never been in trouble. But at the end of the day, everyone, not matter how great of a person they consider themselves, are 1 mistake away from being behind bars. It could be a lapse in judgment for a DUI, or in my case, a lapse in judgment to carrying a firearm when I felt threatened without a permit.
John didn't judge me from the very beginning. He didn't throw me in the bucket with the 50 people a day that he hears from who are repeat offenders. He also didn't sugar coat things for me. He didn't tell me what I wanted to hear, which kept me on my toes. He told me the facts, he strategized a game plan, and he executed on that plan. He leveraged his relationships with the states attorney and with the judge, his familiarity with the legal system, his understanding of all parties concerns that would arise from offering me a fantastic plea agreement, and his common sense to secure an agreement that will help avoid ending my career opportunities moving forward. He is smart enough to know when to put the pressure on and when to take a few steps back and let things play out. I should have been in felony court from the beginning (not because I deserved it, but because of the very nature of my charges). I sat back and followed John's lead and I could not be happier with the outcome.
I cannot thank John enough. I have already referred 1 person to him that found himself in a similar situation as mine. John is not a miracle worker, as no attorney really is. But he's smart, dedicate, he cares about his clients, he understand the law and his way around a court room, he has developed and maintains strong relationships with important people within the system, he wants what's best for you, and he is willing to fight for it. What else can you ask for?
My advise to you: understand your situation, understand what you are up against, understand what success looks like (dismissals are pretty damn rare), understand that you are in this situation for some reason and although you think you may be able to get by on your own, understand you need legal help from someone who is willing to have your back, someone willing to be honest and upfront with you, and someone willing to do everything he can to help you achieve success. This is not a review written by an attorney, colleague, friend, or some family member of John's. This is a guy who got arrested, sat in jail for 2 days, lost my job as a result of the charges (complete BS I might add), was facing up to a year in jail, and walked away with an agreement that still gives me hope for the future. Thanks to John.....
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