FIND AN ATTORNEY WITH THE EXPERTISE, TRIAL EXPERIENCE,
AND HIGH LEVEL OF COMPETENCE YOU NEED
STEVE McCOLLUM HAS PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE AS:
Chief Deputy State's Attorney for Lake County, Illinois, in charge of all Criminal Prosecutions
Chief of the Felony Review Division
for the Lake County State's Attorney's Office supervising all Grand Jury Proceedings
Chief of the Misdemeanor and Traffic Divisions for the Lake County State's Attorney's Office
Handling Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Reckless Homicide Charges
Chief of the Juvenile Trial Division for the Lake County State's Attorney's Office (Juvenile Delinquency,
Abuse and Neglect Cases)
Chairman, Lake County Bar Association's
Criminal Trials and Appeals Committee
Member of the Lake County Domestic Violence Council with Extensive Experience Prosecuting and Defending Domestic Battery cases
and Litigating Domestic Violence Orders of Protection
Trial Experience Including Multiple Trials of First Degree Murder Death Penalty Cases, Reckless Homicide, DUI, Domestic Battery,
Juvenile Court Cases, Drug Charges, Sexual Assault, Felony and Misdemeanor Cases
Extensive Experience in Juvenile Court Proceedings including Petition for Adjudication of
Wardship, Juvenile Delinquency Petitions, Juvenile Neglect and Abuse Petitions; Many Appeals of DCFS Indicated Finding of
Abuse or Neglect
Extensive DUI and Reckless Homicide
Experience with DCFS Appeals of Indicated
Findings of Neglect or Abuse
Former Member of the 19th
Judicial Circuit Capital Litigation Trial Bar Screening Committee (Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court)
Former Member of the Illinois Supreme Court's Local Ordinance Rules Committee (Appointed by
the Illinois Supreme Court)
STEVE McCOLLUM IS CURRENTLY:
President of the Lake County Bar Association
Member of the Lake County Bar Association's Board of Directors and Executive Committee
Member of Lake County Sexual Assault Coordinating Council
Member of the Lake County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Member of the Illinois State Bar Association
Member of the Jefferson Inns of Court
to the Law Offices of Steven P. McCollum, P.C. We hope that this website will provide you with the information
you need to choose a lawyer who will offer you the best chance of success in your case. We invite you to compare the
credentials and experience listed here with that of any other attorney in making your decision.
Steve McCollum is a criminal defense attorney with offices located in Waukegan, Illinois. As
a lawyer with over 30 years experience defending and prosecuting criminal cases in Waukegan, Illinois, Steve McCollum is available
to handle felony, misdemeanor, juvenile delinquency, DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs), traffic, and DCFS
cases. Steve has extensive experience, having been both a supervising prosecutor in the Lake County State's Attorney's Office
and a defense attorney. Steve was the principal defense attorney in the law firm of Staben, Kopsick & McCollum and
now with The Law Offices of Steven P. McCollum, P.C. in Waukegan, Illinois, the county seat of Lake County, Illinois.
If you or someone you care about needs to defend against a Criminal Felony or Misdemeanor, Juvenile Delinquency or
Neglect, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), or Traffic charge, it can be difficult to choose between the many attorneys that
claim to have the competence and expertise necessary to successfully defend the case. It is vital that you look at the background
and experience of any lawyer you are considering hiring. There is no worse feeling than the realization in the middle of your
case that your lawyer didn't have the experience necessary to competently defend you.
The primary focus of our office is on the criminal defense of Felony, Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Driving Under the
Influence (DUI), and related matters such as Domestic Violence Orders of Protection. Steve McCollum worked for 16 years
as a prosecutor of Felony, Misdemeanor, DUI, and Juvenile cases, including 12 years as a supervisor in the
Lake County State's Attorney's Office handling serious felony murder and sexual assault cases. Since leaving the Lake County
State's Attorney's office he has 18 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer defending all types of criminal Felony,
Misdemeanor, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI), and Juvenile cases in Lake County, McHenry and Cook counties in
As the Chief Deputy State's Attorney for the Lake County State's Attorney's Office in Waukegan,
Illinois, Steve McCollum supervised all criminal prosecutors and prosecutions in Lake County. He also
personally litigated many of the most serious First Degree Murder, high profile White Collar Crime (Theft, Embezzlement,
and Financial Fraud), Reckless Homicide, and Criminal Sexual Assault cases. He tried many jury trials, including many First
Degree Murder (including seven Death Penalty cases), Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, Reckless Homicide,
Drug Delivery and Possession, and complicated White Collar Financial Crime (Theft) trials.
Other positions held
by Steve McCollum in the Lake County State's Attorney's Office included being the Chief of the Felony Review Division handling
the Lake County Grand Jury proceedings, Chief of the Misdemeanor and Traffic Division where he personally tried many serious
DUI and Reckless Homicide cases, and Chief of the Juvenile Trial Division where he handled and tried juvenile sexual assault,
battery, burglary and other delinquency cases.
As a defense attorney Steve has successfully defended people
charged with First Degree Murder, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and Abuse, Reckless Homicide, Child Pornography, Aggravated
Criminal Sexual Assault, large-scale white collar financial crimes (embezzlement and other financial fraud charges), drug
charges (controlled substance charges involving large-scale methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana trafficing charges), DUI
and Aggravated DUI, Battery, Aggravated Battery and Domestic Battery, Violation of Order of Protection, Burglary and
many other types of cases.
Steve is currently the President of the Lake County Bar Association. He has been
active in the LCBA for many years on the Board of Directors, and was previously elected to be a Vice President and
then President by the lawyer-members of the Bar Association.
As a Member of the Illinois
State Bar Association Steve was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court for three terms as one of only four lawyers representing
Lake and McHenry counties on the Death Penalty Qualification Screening Committee. This committee reviewed the qualifications
of attorneys who wished to be certified to represent people who were facing the death penalty and determined which attorneys
met those qualifications in Lake and McHenry counties. Steve was the only defense attorney in private practice chosen
by the Illinois Supreme Court to be on this committee from Lake and McHenry Counties.
Steve was a
founding member of the Lake County Domestic Violence Council, which set up procedures for the police, prosecutors and the
courts for domestic violence and battery cases. As Chief Deputy State's Attorney he was a member of the Lake County Major
Crimes Task Force, which investigated multi-jurisdictional homicide and other major crimes throughout Lake County. He has
been a speaker at several seminars concerning Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, Domestic Violence Orders of Protection, and Criminal
Issues for Family Court Lawyers for the Lake County Bar Association. He was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to
a committee to determine new Supreme Court Rules for the State of Illinois concerning local ordinance violations.
What is most important to you is that this experience translates into results. Steve
has repeatedly convinced Judges to suppress evidence resulting in his client's criminal charges being dismissed. His past
experience working with prosecutors and police has enabled him to convince prosecutors to dismiss many cases against his clients.
His experience in using and cross-examining expert and other professional witnesses, such as police officers, doctors, psychiatrists,
and forensic evidence experts of all kinds has resulted in repeated findings of "not guilty" in trials in the Lake
County court system. Even in cases where there has been substantial evidence against his clients, Steve has been able to get
charges reduced so that the result was a disposition of the case that didn't affect his clients' lives on a long-term basis.
All clients of the Law Offices of Steven P. McCollum, P.C. are treated
in a courteous, professional manner. We truly care about what happens to our clients and do our best to
vigorously defend them and solve their problems. To do that, Steve McCollum and his staff use a combination
of experience, training, and compassion. We handle cases in an organized, systematic manner while continuing to care about
all of our clients, whether you are charged with a relatively minor traffic charge or a major felony.
In addition to criminal and juvenile matters, the Law Offices of Steven P.
McCollum, P.C. also handles many Appeals of Indicated findings against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
(DCFS). In conjunction with other well-known attorneys our office will assist you concerning civil litigation, personal
injury, divorce, and other legal matters.
If you have any
type of legal matter, please call for an appointment. There is no charge for the initial consultation. If
we are unable to handle your case, we will try to refer you to an attorney who has the experience and expertise necessary
for your needs.
Law Offices of Steven P. McCollum, P.C. 415 Washington Street, Suite 103, Waukegan,
Illinois 60085-5564 Telephone: 847-662-2474 Fax: 847-360-9100
Steve McCollum is a well respected Lake County,
Illinois criminal defense and juvenile defense lawyer, with over 30 years of experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney
representing both adult and juvenile clients concerning cases throughout Northeastern Illinois, including the cities of Antioch,
Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Gurnee, Highwood, Highland Park, Lake Villa, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest,
Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lindenhurst, Long Grove, Mundelein, Round Lake Area, Spring Grove, Vernon Hills,
Wauconda, Waukegan, Zion, and all other areas of Lake County, Illinois. Our experience and types of cases handled includes:
Murder, Robbery, Aggravated Battery, Domestic Battery, Juvenile court cases, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI),
Theft, Criminal Trespass, Burglary, Speeding and other traffic charges, DCFS Appeals, Criminal Sexual Assault, Predatory Sexual
Assault, Child Pornography, Solicitation of a Minor, and all other areas of felony and misdemeanor criminal defense, drinking
and driving, and Juvenile Law.