McCollum Hodgkinson, PC - Experienced Lake County Illinois Defense Attorneys

Waukegan / Lake County Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney

Case Experience

Below is a detailed listing of the charges that Steve McCollum has handled as a lawyer. When you speak to a lawyer about your case it is important to know that he or she has the extensive experience necessary on that type of case.

Please review the list of cases handled by Steve McCollum. Steve will be happy to answer any specific questions about these cases and the extent of his experience (of course no confidential client information can be disclosed).


As a Defense Attorney:

Entered private practice with the law firm of Staben, Kopsick & McCollum in 1995 with the primary focus being on the defense of criminal, juvenile and traffic cases. The firm’s name was later changed to the Law Offices of Steven P. McCollum, P.C. In his capacity as a defense attorney Steve McCollum has defended many people charged with:

First Degree Murder
Aggravated DUI and DUI
Reckless Homicide
Armed Robbery, Aggravated Robbery, and Robbery
Aggravated Battery and Battery
Aggravated Assault and Assault
Aggravated Domestic Battery and Domestic Battery
Aggravated Battery with a Firearm
Aggravated Battery of a Child
Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance / large cocaine, heroin, and amphetamine cases
Calculated Criminal Drug Conspiracy
Unlawful Possession of Cannabis
Unlawful Manufacturing of Cannabis and Unlawful Production of Cannabis
Unlawful Acquisition of a Controlled Substance
Reckless Conduct
Hate Crime
Home Invasion
Institutional Vandalism
Criminal Trespass to Motor Vehicles
Child Abandonment
Criminal Damage to Property
Criminal Trespass to Real Property
Theft in excess of $100,000.00, Retail Theft, and other Theft cases
Financial Identity Theft
Deceptive Practices
Burglary and Residential Burglary
Arson and Aggravated Arson
Possession of Explosives or Incendiary Devices
Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault
Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse
Indecent Solicitation of a Child
Child Pornography
Public Indeceny (felony and misdemeanor)
Solicitation of a Sexual Act
Unlawful Use of Weapons and Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons
Armed Violence
Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm
Reckless Discharge of a Firearm
Unlawful Sale of Firearms
Communicating with a Witness
Violation of Bail Bond
Violation of an Order of Protection
Resisting a Peace Officer and Obstructing a Peace Officer
Obstructing Justice
Unlawful Restraint

As Chief Deputy State’s Attorney and Assistant State’s Attorney:

Steve prosecuted and tried hundreds of DUI and Misdemeanor cases when he first became an Assistant State’s Attorney. Later as a Felony Trial Attorney, Steve did large numbers of jury trials for all types of felony offenses. Steve then became Chief of the Juvenile Division for the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office and handled most of the major Child Abuse and Neglect cases while also handling First Degree Murder cases on adult offenders. He has presented many expert witnesses, including laboratory personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Northern Illinois Police Crime Laboratory, the Illinois State Crime Laboratory and various medical, psychological and psychiatric experts.

Cases prosecuted included many nationally known cases including more than twenty-five First Degree Murder trials, including double murder, parental murder, and other cases. Steve McCollum has prosecuted multiple death penalty cases.

Charges handled as a prosecutor included all the charges noted above that have been handled as a defense attorney.








Steve 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.