The Kankakee County criminal defense attorneys at Lawson & O’Brien, P.C. are committed to providing high-quality yet affordable legal representation to anyone charged with a felony, misdemeanor, or traffic offense. We have personally tried dozens of criminal cases and we will aggressively fight to protect your rights.

A message from Patrick O’Brien: “Benjamin and I have been involved in criminal law for most of our legal careers. Over the years we’ve each served as prosecutors, public defenders, and private defense attorneys. If you’ve been charged with a crime, you need to hire somebody as soon as possible who knows how to handle criminal defense cases.”

We represent clients facing all types of criminal charges, here are just a few:

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Driving Under the Influence

“This is my first offense, and I’m not sure what to do.”

If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you need representation. DUI is one of the most common misdemeanor charges in Illinois, which means it’s also a very common first offense for a lot of people. Public defenders do excellent work to defend criminal charges, but in Illinois a DUI also has serious consequences for your driver’s license, and it is extremely important to note that public defenders DO NOT handle licensure issues. That means that a public defender will not file a petition to challenge the mandatory license suspension that accompanies almost every single DUI. At Lawson & O’Brien, P.C. we have successfully handled many DUI cases, including securing acquittals and dismissals for our clients. We are sensitive to the fact that many of our clients have not had any prior contact with the criminal justice system. We work hard to make the process painless and to keep our clients well-informed every step of the way. Every case is different, and we work closely with every client charged with a DUI to pursue a successful strategy that best fits their case.

Contact us right away if you’ve been charged with a DUI.

Traffic Offenses

Traffic Offenses

“What’s going to happen to my license?”

In Illinois, a traffic offense can range from a parking violation to a misdemeanor speeding ticket. A traffic ticket can be a serious charge, but it shouldn’t disrupt your life. At Lawson & O’Brien, P.C. our goal is to use our extensive experience to keep your record clean and get you back on track with as few interruptions as possible. However, just because an officer writes you a ticket doesn’t mean you’re automatically guilty. If you want to take a traffic ticket to trial and fight for your rights, we’ll be right beside you the whole way.

Contact us right away if you’ve been charged with a traffic offense.


Domestic Battery

Domestic Battery“What if the alleged victim wants to drop the charges?”

Domestic violence cases can be difficult for everyone involved. Emotions tend to run high when criminal charges are leveled against a household or family member. Frequently, alleged victims who want to drop domestic violence cases are told that the State has decided to pursue charges anyway. The experienced attorneys at Lawson & O’Brien, P.C. have tried dozens of domestic violence cases ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, and we understand that these cases can be complicated and worrisome. We’ll make sure that your voice is heard.

Contact us right away if you’ve been charged with domestic violence.



“The cops say they have video evidence.”

Theft cases can range from misdemeanor charges to felonies for repeat offenders. Frequently, theft cases arise out of alleged actions that occur in retail stores. It’s important to remember, however, that store security personnel are not police officers. At Lawson & O’Brien, P.C. we have defended theft charges of all kinds, and we can put our expertise to work for you.

Contact us right away if you’ve been charged with theft.




“He swung first, I was defending myself.”

Battery cases can range from misdemeanor charges to felonies. Batteries often arise out of altercations where it may be unclear who the aggressor was. Sometimes the difference between being a criminal defendant and the alleged victim can be who talks to the police first, or who has more “witnesses.” At Lawson & O’Brien, P.C. we understand the challenges of defending a battery case because we’ve handled many such cases in the past. Please let us put our experience to work for you.

Contact us right away if you’ve been charged with a battery.


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