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Chicago White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer

Financial crimes cause a great deal of harm to society. While they may not involve acts of violence the truth is that one “white collar” defendant may damage a larger number of people than one accused of violence. It is important for the defendants in such cases to understand that they will be aggressively pursued by the prosecution and that they require a vigorous defense. Our Chicago white collar criminal defense lawyer handles state and federal cases throughout Cook County and elsewhere in Illinois. Contact our Chicago office today to speak with a lawyer.

White collar offenses vary in nature and often carry severe penalties. The defendant may find themselves facing Illinois state charges in the Circuit Court or they may be facing serious federal criminal charges under prosecution by the United States Attorney. Juries often have little patience for such defendants as they are typically seen as having taken advantage of others. It cannot be stressed enough that such charges are a “big deal” even though they did not involve physical harm to another.


Financial crime cases will be held in the Circuit Court if one is charged by the state of Illinois. They will be tried in the United States District Court if one is charged by the U.S. government. Typical offenses include:

Such cases will begin in State Court with the prosecution holding a preliminary hearing. In Federal Court the prosecution will gain an indictment from the grand jury. Such matters will typically involve search and seizure issues relating to how law enforcement obtained records and it may be necessary to retain financial forensic experts to present a defense. These are complex areas of law and it is crucial that you retain an attorney familiar with such matters.


Michael J. Brennan is a former prosecutor with over thirty years of legal experience. Once retained he will quickly acquire police reports, victim statements, and other evidence relating to the case. If law enforcement illegally seized information from your computer, your cell phone, or in the form of records then he will file a request to suppress such information from evidence. He will retain the necessary experts so that you can adequately present your defense at trial and will ensure you know what to expect as the process moves forward. Michael understands that you are facing a serious situation and he will take it seriously. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with our Chicago white collar criminal defense attorney.

The complex nature of white collar cases means that an accused is likely to have many questions. Michael makes himself available throughout the process. He regularly provides clients with his cell phone number, he quickly responds to emails, and he holds meetings in his office on a regular basis. You are facing a serious situation and our attorney will take it seriously. Contact us today.

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