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W. Scott Hanken

Criminal defense Attorney at Springfield, IL

5.0   178 reviews

also known as Scott


Licensed for 33 years

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I'M EXPERIENCED AND AGGRESSIVE AND I WORK TIRELESSLY FOR MY CLIENTS.

My mission is to provide each and every client with the highest quality representation possible in order to obtain the best result achievable in every case. I am further dedicated to vigorously and aggressively defending you, reviewing your case and communicating with you. I am a former Prosecutor and provide experienced and aggrerssive representation for those charged with Criminal, DUI and Traffic Offenses. Put my 30 plus years of experience to work for you!

I am a life long resident of Springfield having attended public elementary schools and Griffin High School. After completing my undergraduate degree at Marquette University I attended Creighton University School of Law.  Following up on an internship in the Sangamon County State's Attorney's Office as a 711, I became an Assistant State's Attorney in the Traffic and Misdemeanor Division.  During my tenure I tried numerous Traffic, DUI and Misdemeanor cases and thoroughly enjoyed the trial process. I entered private practice in 1990 and have primarily concentrated my practice in criminal and civil litigation.  During my career I have tried everything from a petty traffic offense to multiple Murder charges including Death Penalty cases. No case is too big or too small and I believe every case is important and I strive to vigorously represent my clients regardless of the charge.

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Licensed for 33 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1989
Updated 01/05/2023

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

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W. Scott Hanken
1100 South Fifth Street
Springfield, IL, 62703

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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent, worry free representation
I’m beyond glad I found Mr Hanken for my traffic ticket. He was able to resolve the matter quickly and effectively and the outcome was the best possible. My matter was extra problematic as I am working in a different state but Scott was able to take care of everything.
Response from W. Hanken December 6, 2019
Thank you!. I am glad we were able to achieve a dismissal.
Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Scott was great! He and his legal team were able to help me through an unfortunate situation. He made this process as stress free as he possibly could. 10/10 would recommend!
Posted by Frank | October 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Happy Speeder
Scott’s an excellent attorney he is on top of all of my speeding issues and he has saved my license more times than I can count! Thanks Scott
Posted by Matthew | June 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Unbelievable
From start to finish I was very impressed and pleased with the way Mr Hanken handled my case. The compassion he showed for my situation made me feel at ease when talking with him knowing that I had someone with strong ties, knowledge, and respect standing in my corner advocating for me. I had many questions of which all were answered. Communication was great with quick responses to emails and easily set appointments. The results Scott was able to achieve with my case were unimaginable. Outstanding work! I highly recommend this attorney to anyone seeking legal representation! Many thanks!
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Posted by Jim | January 17, 2022
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Excellent attorney
I chose Scott because I had heard so many positive things about him. He got my charge reduced, which saved me as my occupation requires lots of driving and I could not afford to lose my license. He was easy to work with and I always felt comfortable talking with him. I highly recommend him if you ever find yourself in trouble and don’t know what to do. He will help you tremendously!
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Posted by Bob | December 12, 2021
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Highly Recommended
Scott to charge from the start and made us all feel calm due to his expertise and experience. He accomplished everything he promised and more. Thank you Scott!
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best of the Best Attorney in springfield
Scott is incredible. I am so thankful and pleased that I found him. He kept me up to date on all handling of my case and stayed on top of things. Being very unfamiliar with the court process/handling, Scott kept me informed and walked me through each step of the way and lead my case as a perfect professional. my case was very difficult but he resolved it without any conviction or court supervision and he saved my future. He is extremely professional, very intelligent and knowledgeable in criminal law! He did excellent job in my case. I Strongly recommend him to everyone. Thank you Mr. Scott.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2021
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Would recommend
Very easy to work with, explains what is going on and fought for us. We are very happy with the outcome.
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The BEST attorney.
DUI. Horribly bad. A no contest type of bad. Scott was able to get the charge reduced. I keep my drivers license and therefore my employment. I am forever grateful to he and Carrie
Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Traffic
He took care my case swiftly and was very informative of what the process was and how it work I would definitely recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!!
I retained Mr. Hanken’s services just a short while ago and went above and beyond, getting my case thrown out very quickly! I couldn’t have been more happy with his services. Stays in touch and helps you not to worry as well. Thanks Scott!!
Posted by Jordan | October 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Scott Hanken THE Best Sangamon County Lawyer
I had a collision in downtown Springfield and received a ticket in the mail weeks later. I was scared & nervous so naturally I procrastinated calling an attorney until 18 hours before my first appearance. Lucky for me, my call was to Scott Hanken. Scott took the call at 4:00 PM, appeared for me the next morning at 8:30 AM & had called to tell me the case was dismissed all before lunch that day. They don’t get any better than Mr. Hanken.
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Posted by Joe | September 22, 2021
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Best and Sharpest defense Attorney in Sangamon County
When I needed a lawyer for a DUI, I knew right a way who to call - Scott Hanken! Scott is “spot on” as soon as you contact him he gets right to work. Scott is very knowledgeable and gets things done quickly and accurately, while always paying attention to details. Scott represents you like nobody else can. He fights like hell for you and your rights. Scott is professional and honest too, he doesn’t beat around the bush, you know where you stand. Scott Hanken - The Best in the Business !
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Posted by Jack | September 21, 2021
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He is a DUI FIGHTING MACHINE
I made a tragic mistake and was referred to Mr. Hanken by family and friends. Thank God I found him! My career was in his hands and he came through in ways I still cannot believe. I will be forever in his debt for the services provided for me and my family. He truly is the best in the business
Posted by ALEXANDRE | August 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and reliable lawyer. CDL driver recommended
My CDL overweight ticket was TOTALLY DISMISSED! Mr. Hanken is a great lawyer. His legal assistant Carrie always gave me full and updated information. I highly recommend Mr. Hanken as a reliable lawyer for any CDL tickets.
Posted by John | July 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Highly recommend Mr Hanken! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience! His knowledge and professional experience are second to none.
Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer. Very knowledgeable about CDL holders
Got a speeding ticket in my personal vehicle well over posted speed. After talking with Scott Hanken about being a CDL holder, he understood the importance of the points going on my CSA. Hired Scott and he represented me in court and got ticket knocked down to a non-moving violation. Highly Recommend Scott Hanken.
Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful, Down-to-Earth, Professional Attorney
I am 1,000% happy with my choice to hire Scott Hanken to represent me. I was stopped at a road block after a wedding and was issued a DUI. I called Scott a couple days later and he immediately took action. When meeting with him, he made me feel comfortable and confident that I was in the right hands. Being my first DUI, I was terrified. But, Scott really ensured me that he would do everything in his power to help me. Needless to say, he is WORTH EVERY PENNY! I will not have a conviction on my record after 12 months of supervision, fines, and courses fo complete. He is a very sarcastic, funny, and welcoming individual and I immediately trusted him! I HIGHLY recommend this man to represent you. We all make mistakes, and he can definitely help fix them. :)
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Posted by Dale | June 28, 2021
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Simply The Best!
Hiring Scott Hanken was one of the best decisions, I have ever made! He is professional, helpful, courteous and extremely knowledgeable. Scott exceeded my expectations in every facet of the process. His assistant Carrie is also experienced and very helpful. So glad we hired Scott!!
Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Recommend this attorney to anybody in need of fantastic representation
100% honesty and professionalism are the best ways to describe my experience with Scott Hanken. Not only did he act diligently in order to ensure that I received the best outcome in my DUI case, but he laid out the entire process to me on the first day and made it extremely easy for me to fulfill the tasks that he requested of me long before my *single* court date. I would most definitely refer my friends and family to him without hesitation, if they were to end up in a similar situation.
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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

  • Attorney
  • W. Scott Hanken, Attorney at Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney/Partner
  • Rabin, Myers & Hanken, P.C.
  • 1992 - 2011
  • Public Defender
  • Sangamon County Public Defender
  • 1991 - 1993
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Sangamon County State's Attorneys Office
  • 1989 - 1991
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Education

  • Creighton University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Marquette University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • People v. Lash
  • Natural Life Imprisonment

Associations

  • Sangamon County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Capital Litigation Trial Bar Assocation
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Sangamon County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Sangamon County Defense Bar Association
  • President
  • 1993 - 2005
  • Sangamon County Bar Association
  • Director
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Sangamon County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 1990 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • TOP RATED LAWYER
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • BEST LAW FIRM
  • Illinois Times Best of Springfield
  • 2020
  • BEST ATTORNEY
  • State Journal Register Reader's Choice Award
  • 2020
  • Distinguished Lawyer
  • Expert Network
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Attorney - Criminal Defense
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • "10 BEST" Attorneys for the State of Illinois Nominee
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 200 DUI Attoneys - Illinois
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers - Ilinois
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013
  • Superlawyer - DUI Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer - DUI
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer - DUI
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer - DUI
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer - DUI
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Illinois DUI Defense Seminar
  • Aggravated DUI - Recent Developments
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (9)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a very skilled attorney, well versed in the law, and he achieves great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is an excellent, experienced DUI/DWI attorney and has extensive experience in the criminal law area. I have known Scott for many years and know of his work - he is diligent and conscientious and represents his clients aggressively. He has handled routine matters all the way up to murder trials."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with Scott since 1988. His knowledge of law and his keen wit have been his trademarks. His dedication to his clients is surpassed by few, if any. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a previous prosecutor I appreciate a reasonable attorney who can be a strong advocate for his client. Mr. Hanken does not wage unnecessary war when defending a client, but if the circumstances require it he is a formidable adversary. I would not hesitate to refer clients to him for criminal defense, indeed, i have done so."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott gets great results on DUI cases. He does not overpromise what he can do. I receive a lot of calls from people who want to hire me because they are unhappy with their current lawyer. Not ONCE has the lawyer they are unhappy with been Scott."
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