All of the DUI arrests made in Lake County, Illinois are prosecuted in the main criminal court complex located in Waukegan, Illinois. This includes both misdemeanor and felony DUI prosecutions for all Lake County arrests throughout the various cities, villages, and municipalities throughout the county. Various suburban police departments, the Illinois State Police, and Lake County Sheriffs are the departments making DUI arrests on a daily basis throughout Lake County, Illinois. Unlike Cook County, a large percentage of misdemeanor DUI prosecutions are handled by Village Prosecutors instead of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, which is now headed by State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim, after the 2012 election. Village Prosecutors are private attorneys from that practice frequently within Lake County and have contracted to prosecute first and second offender DUI matters (as well as other traffic infractions including ordinance violations, petty offenses, and other non-DUI related misdemeanors). They handle matters in similar fashion as the State’s Attorney’s Office but are not restricted by Office policies and directives as is the case with Assistant State’s Attorneys. Often, our firm can achieve negotiations with Village Prosecutors that are favorable to our clients. The attorneys at Gardi & Haught, Ltd. have years of experience working the various local prosecutors and Assistant State’s Attorneys that prosecute matters in the Waukegan courthouse. There are numerous villages, cities, and municipalities that lie within Lake County, which include Antioch, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Bannockburn, Beach Park, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Deer Park, Forest Lake, Fox Lake, Fox Lake Hills, Fox River Grove, Gages Lake, Grayslake, Gurnee, Hawthorn Woods, Highland Park, Highwood, Indian Creek, Island Lake, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Villa, Lake Zurich, Lakemoor, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lindenhurst, Long Grove, Mettawa, Mundelein, North Barrington, North Chicago, Park City, Riverwoods, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Vernon Hills, Volo, Wadsworth, Wauconda, Waukegan, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion. In addition to DUI cases, the misdemeanor courtrooms located on the fourth floor of the Waukegan courthouse may also have any other misdemeanor offense (except Domestic Violence matters) mixed in with DUI cases and other traffic-related misdemeanor matters. Traffic matters that are not charged as misdemeanor matters are prosecuted in the various satellite courthouses that are referenced in our Resources web pages. The attorneys at Gardi & Haught, Ltd. have years of experience practicing in this courthouse and are familiar with the courthouse procedures, local prosecutors, state prosecutors, judiciary, and Clerks of the Circuit Court. Please contact us if you require legal assistance for any DUI or traffic-related matter in the Lake County courthouse located in Waukegan, Illinois.