The primary focus
of McCollum Hodgkinson, PC is on the criminal defense of Felony, Misdemeanor, Juvenile, DUI, and
related matters. If you or someone you care about has a Criminal, Juvenile, DUI, or other case, 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 the 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.
Steve McCollum has been an attorney since 1978 and has practiced
law as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney in Waukegan, Illinois, the county seat of Lake County, Illinois. Steve was
the Chief Deputy State's Attorney for the Lake County State's Attorney's Office in Waukegan, Illinois. In that capacity he
was in charge of all criminal prosecutors and prosecutions in Lake County, while also handling many of the most serious cases.
He tried many cases, including trials of persons charged with First Degree Murder (including Death Penalty cases), Aggravated
Criminal Sexual Assault, Reckless Homicide, Drug Delivery and Possession Cases, and Financial Crime cases.
Other positions held by Steve McCollum in the Lake County State's Attorney's Office
included being the Chief of the Felony Review Division, Chief of the Misdemeanor and Traffic Division, and Chief of the Juvenile
Trial Division. In those positions Steve handled Grand Jury matters, Reckless Homicide and serious accident cases, DUI and
related charges, and all types of juvenile delinquency, neglect and abuse cases.
After being a prosecutor in the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office for 16 years, including 12 years
as a supervisor, Steve became a criminal defense lawyer. As a criminal defense lawyer for the past 20 years, he has handled
all types of serious criminal Felony cases, Misdemeanor cases, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) and Reckless Homicide
cases, and Traffic matters. He has also handled the appeals of indicated findings of abuse or neglect made by the Illinois
Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
a criminal defense lawyer Steve has successfully defended people charged with First Degree Murder, Aggravated Criminal Sexual
Assault and Abuse, Reckless Homicide, Child Pornography, large-scale white collar financial crimes (embezzlement and other
financial fraud cases), drug charges (methamphetamine, cocaine, and other controlled substance delivery and possessio and
cannabis / marijuana cases), Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) and Aggravated DUI, Domestic Battery, Violation
of Order of Protection, Burglary, Criminal Damage to Property, Robbery and many other types of cases.
Steve is the past Chairman of the Criminal Trials and Appeals Committee of the
Lake County Bar Association. He is currently an Executive Board Member and Immediate Past President of the Lake County
Bar Association and is a member of the Bar Association's Judicial Selection and Retention Committee. He is a member of the Illinois
State Bar Association. Steve was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court three times as a member of the 19th Judicial
Circuit (Lake and McHenry Counties) Death Penalty Attorney Qualification Screening Committee. This committee determined which
Lake and McHenry County attorneys met the qualifications necessary to defend death penalty cases.
Steve was also appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on a committee of lawyers
and Judges from throughout the State of Illinois to write new Rules of the Supreme Court concerning local ordinance violation
Steve was a founding member
of the Lake County Domestic Violence Council which set up procedures for Lake County police departments, prosecutors and the
courts for domestic battery and order of protection cases. He was a member of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force which
investigated homicide and other serious felony cases throughout Lake County. He has been a speaker at several seminars concerning
Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, Domestic Violence, Order of Protection, and family law issues on behalf of the Lake County Bar
Since joining Steve in 2015, Daniel Hodgkinson has been
instrumental in the defense of the felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, DUI and traffic cases defended by McCollum Hodgkinson,
PC. Dan was selected to join the firm based upon his years of experience in the Lake County State's Attorney's
office. In that office Dan was extremely well regarded due to his ability to handle all types of cases including Felony,
Misdemeanor, DUI and Juvenile cases. He conducted trials of many felony, misdemeanor and DUI cases including 18 felony
trials in a relatively short period of time. His relationships with the other prosecutors in that office, the judges
he appeared before, and the court staff and police have been an added bonus to the clients being represented by McCollum Hodgkinson, PC since he joined the firm.
It is important to know that the experience of these two attorneys working together for each of our clients translates
into great results. They has repeatedly convinced prosecutors to reduce or dismiss charges. They have filed the appropriate
motions and convinced Judges to suppress evidence resulting in his client's criminal charges being dismissed. Their experience
in using and cross-examining expert and other professional witnesses, such as police officers, doctors, and laboratory personnel,
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 a client, Steve and Dan have convinced prosecutors to reduce charges 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 help them solve
their problems. To do that, Steve and Dan and their staff use a combination of experience, training, and compassion.
In addition to criminal and juvenile matters, attorneys
affiliated with McCollum Hodgkinson, PC also handle civil litigation, including personal injury,
divorce, and other legal matters. If you have any type of legal matter, I urge you to call for an appointment. There is no
charge for the initial consultation. If we are unable to handle your case, we will refer you to an attorney who has the experience
and expertise necessary for your needs.