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
President, Lake County Bar Association
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
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
Former Founding Member of the Lake County Domestic Violence Council with Extensive Experience
Prosecuting and Defending Domestic Battery cases and Litigating Domestic Violence Orders of Protection
Extensive Trial Experience Including Multiple Trials of First Degree Murder Death Penalty
Cases, Large Scale White Collar Crimes, Sexual Assault and Child Pornography, Felony and Misdemeanor DUI, Domestic Battery,
Juvenile Court Cases, Drug Charges, Reckless Homicide, 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
Extensive Experience with DCFS Appeals
of Indicated Findings of Neglect or Abuse
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)
Lake County Executive Justice
STEVE McCOLLUM IS CURRENTLY:
Member of the Lake County Bar Foundation's Board of Directors
Member of Lake County Sexual Assault Coordinating Council
Member, Lake County Bar Association Judicial Selection and Retention Committee
Member of the Illinois State Bar Association
Member of the Jefferson Inns of Court
100 Lawyers - 2016, National Trial Lawyers
DANIEL HODGKINSON HAS PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE AS:
Lake County Assistant State's Attorney handling Felony, Misdemeanor, DUI
and traffic matters with extensive jury trial experience
Assistant State's Attorney assigned
to Misdemeanor prosecutions with jury trials of various types of Misdemeanor cases
Attorney in the Domestic Violence Court handling jury trials of Domestic Battery charges, Order of Protection cases and other
Domestic Violence matters
Assistant State's Attorney in the Juvenile Trial Division handling Petitions
for Adjudication of Delinquency and Juvenile Abuse and Neglect cases
Specially assigned Felony Trial
Prosecutor with extensive jury trial experience in all Felony Courtrooms
Trained various Assistant
State's Attorney's concerning misdemeanor and DUI prosecutions
DANIEL HODGKINSON IS CURRENTLY:
of the Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Lake County Bar Association
Member, Criminal Trials and Appeals Committee
to McCollum Hodgkinson, PC, a criminal defense law firm located
in Waukegan, Illinois. 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 other attorneys in making your decision.
two experienced attorneys in our law office, being Steve McCollum and Dan Hodgkinson. Both are former prosecutors with
the Lake County State's Attorney's office. Both attorneys work together to defend persons charged with felony, misdemeanor,
DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs), juvenile delinquency, Order of Protection and Domestic Battery cases,
traffic and DCFS cases.
Steve McCollum is a lawyer with over
35 years experience defending and prosecuting criminal cases in Waukegan, Illinois. 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 McCollum Hodgkinson, PC in Waukegan,
Illinois, the county seat of Lake County, Illinois.
Daniel Hodgkinson was also previously an Assistant
State's Attorney in the Lake County State's Attorney's office. While at that office Dan tried 18 jury trials in
a span of less than four years along with many bench trials and motion hearings. His experience includes jury trials
of DUI cases, Domestic Battery cases, Juvenile Delinquency hearings and trials, and many felony jury trials. Having been
a Lake County prosecutor, Dan knows the Lake County court system and understands what it takes to attack the State's
case and win motion hearings or trials. He also has the personal relationships that can assist you in negotiating
the best possible outcome for your case. His experience in the Lake County Domestic Violence courtroom can be an important
part of your winning a case when you are charged with Domestic Battery or where someone is seeking a Domestic Violence Order
of Protection against you. Dan will be happy to speak with you about your case without any initial fee.
If you need an attorney 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 20 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
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 an Board Member of the Lake County Bar Foundation and was previously
the President of the Lake County Bar Association. He has been active in the LCBA for many years on the Board
of Directors and as the Chairperson of the Criminal Trials and Appeals Committee, 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 McCollum Hodgkinson,
PC 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, Dan
Hodgkinson and our 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, McCollum Hodgkinson, PC 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.
Steve McCollum and Dan Hodgkinson are well respected
Lake County, Illinois criminal defense and juvenile defense lawyers, with extensive, practical experience as prosecutors
and defense attorneys 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.
There is no substitute for knowledge and years of experience handling cases.
Find an attorney with the experience you need to defend you or your loved one.
In choosing a lawyer to handle your case, it is extremely important to look at your prosepective attorney's
background, experience, and record of accomplishment. A lawyer who has never prosecuted a case will often not recognize the
weaknesses of the prosecution's case or know how the police and prosecutors work. An inexperienced attorney may cost less,
but will ultimately cost you much more. If you have an attorney without extensive trial and prosecutorial experience, he or
she will not have the confidence and knowledge necessary to effectively defend your case.
Steve McCollum grew
up in Lake County, Illinois. He is extremely familiar with all the participants in the court system in Lake County. Although
Lake County is a very dynamic and growing area, it is still advantageous to have an attorney that has extensive experience
in the local court system.
Steve McCollum has over 30 years of trial experience. Having been an Assistant State's
Attorney for over 16 years, he has tried almost every type of criminal felony and misdemeanor, juvenile, and traffic case.
He has tried many First Degree Murder cases, including death penalty cases, as well as DUI cases, Reckless Homicide cases,
complicated Financial Crime cases, and other Felony, Juvenile and Misdemeanor cases.
Starting in 1979 as an Assistant
State's Attorney in Peoria County, Illinois, Steve McCollum initially tried hundreds of misdemeanor and DUI cases including
Battery (including domestic Battery), Marijuana and Drug charges, Unlawful Use of Weapons, Theft, and other charges. Within
two years he was chosen to try a First Degree Murder case with the First Assistant State's Attorney.
Steve returned to Lake County, Illinois as an Assistant State's Attorney after having been hired by Lake County State's Attorney
Fred L. Foreman (who is now the Chief Judge in Lake County). Steve worked under Fred Foreman as a misdemeanor and felony prosecutor,
was promoted to Chief of the Juvenile Trial Division, to Chief of the Misdemeanor and Traffic Division, and Chief of the Felony
Review Division. In 1990 Fred Foreman was appointed as the United State's Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Then Chief Deputy Lake County State's Attorney Michael Waller was chosen to be State's Attorney, and he appointed Steve McCollum
as his Chief Deputy State's Attorney in charge of all criminal and juvenile prosecutions for Lake County.
those years as a prosecutor in Peoria and Lake Counties Steve McCollum handled hundreds of cases, including jury trials of
many First Degree Murder, Reckless Homicide, large Financial Theft and Embezzlement Cases, Armed Robbery, Rape and Sexual
Assault, DUI, Juvenile Delinquency, and other cases. During this time he tried many of the most serious cases in the Lake
County Criminal Courts while also being the supervisor of all Division Chiefs and Attorneys in the office. This experience
allowed him to work with expert witnesses in the medical profession, forensic experts from the FBI, and many other experts.
In addition to his trial work and supervisory duties in the State's Attorney's Office, Steve was named to be on
various Boards for agencies such as the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, the Lake County Domestic Violence Council, and
In 1995, Steve McCollum left the Lake County State's Attorney's office to enter private practice.
He joined the firm of Staben, Kopsick & McCollum. That practice had been serving clients for many years. Since then Steve
McCollum has handled First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, Sex Offenses of all types, Reckless Homicides, major Financial Crimes,
Drug cases, all types of Juvenile, DUI and other matters. The goal and focus has always been on obtaining outstanding results
for his clients.
If you are looking for an attorney with proven competence, experience, and expertise who has
been working in the Lake County Court system for many years and has tried many cases, please call our office for a free consultation.
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 email: StevenPMcCollum@aol.com
McCollum is a well respected Lake County, Illinois criminal defense and juvenile defense lawyer, with over 25 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 in the areas
of felony and misdemeanor criminal defense, DUI defense, and Juvenile law.