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  • I first met Matt several months ago when I needed help with a criminal defense case. This was a very difficult time for me and I consider myself fortunate to have found an Attorney that is not only extremely knowledgable in all aspects of the law but very professional and honest. Matt is able to interpret the law and then explain my options in a manner that I could understand. I would strongly suggest that you contact Matthew Gebhardt immediately.

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  • Matthew has been completely competent and reliable, and am happy to refer all clients, friends and family to him. He is an expert in the field, and definitely has the clients best interest. I have used multiple attorneys in the past for real estate transactions, but only use Matt now. Every client I have referred to Matt has been more than happy with the quality of legal representation provided.

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  • Never having worked with a lawyer before, Mr. Gebhardt made sure that I understood all steps of the process and kept me informed every step of the way. He made me feel very comfortable with the decisions I was making and fought to make sure that I had the smoothest trial possible. I recommend Matthew to anyone looking for a reliable, trustworthy, hardworking attorney.

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Lake County Criminal Defense Attorney

Lawyer for DUI, Traffic Violations, Misdemeanor and Felony Cases in Lake County

Being arrested and charged with a crime can be very frightening, especially if you do not have previous experience with the criminal justice system. You will likely wonder about the crimes you have been charged with, what will happen next, your options for defending against the charges, and how your life will be affected by a potential conviction. In these situations, the most important thing you can do is contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand your best options for defense.

At the The Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C., we can provide the legal help and representation you need when defending against criminal charges. Attorney Matthew Gebhardt has more than 20 years of experience, and he takes a personal, hands-on approach to every case. We are available to meet with you after hours or on weekends, and we provide individually-tailored rates and payment plans to meet your needs. To schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can assist with your criminal case, contact us at 847-239-4703.

Criminal Defense

If you are facing criminal charges, you may be concerned about whether you will face jail time or be required to pay large fines. However, a criminal conviction can affect your life in many other ways. Your criminal record may prevent you from working in certain jobs, obtain housing, receive an education, qualify for loans, or apply for a Green Card or citizenship as an immigrant to the United States. Before these issues begin to affect your life, you will want to take steps to defend against criminal charges and minimize the potential consequences you may face.

No matter the nature of the crimes you have been charged with, Attorney Gebhardt can help you determine the best defense strategy. He can help you achieve the best possible outcome in misdemeanor and felony cases involving allegations of drug crimes, violent crimes, theft, domestic violence, sex crimes, and weapons violations. He can also help address traffic violations and avoid penalties to your driver's license, and he can assist with the expungement or sealing of criminal records following the completion of your sentence or the dismissal of your case.

DUI Defense

DUI Defense

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is an offense that is taken very seriously in Illinois. A conviction on DUI charges can result in significant fines, jail time, probation, the requirement to undergo counseling or addiction treatment, the loss of a commercial driver's license or professional license, and other consequences. An arrest for DUI will typically result in the statutory summary suspension of your driver's license, even if you are not convicted, and you may be required to use a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID).

Whether you are facing a first-time DUI, multiple DUI charges, drug-related DUI, or DUI involving an accident and injuries, Attorney Gebhardt can help you defend against these charges, and he will work to minimize the consequences to your life, career, license, and freedom.

Juvenile Offenses

Juvenile Offenses

When a minor is accused of committing a crime, their case will typically be handled in juvenile courts. While the juvenile justice system is meant to be more lenient and focus on rehabilitation, these charges can still have a significant impact on a child's future. A criminal record could affect their ability to pursue education or work in certain careers, and in some cases, a minor may be charged as an adult, resulting in more serious consequences. Even seemingly harmless activities such as "sexting" could lead to sex crime charges, which could result in the requirement to register as a sex offender.

If your child has been accused of offenses such as underage drinking, retail theft/shoplifting, assault, trespassing, drug possession, or using a fake ID, Attorney Gebhardt can help you understand the best defense strategies that will help protect their future.

attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt

Matthew R. Gebhardt

Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Matthew Gebhardt has been working in the field of criminal law for over 20 years. He previously served as a Cook County prosecutor, giving him valuable insight into both sides of criminal cases. He has successfully defended countless clients facing all manner of criminal charges, and he takes a unique approach to each case, working to build the defense strategies that will help clients achieve the ideal outcome to their situation. He has extensive trial experience, and he is fully prepared to take criminal cases to court when necessary.


Attorney Gebhardt provides representation in the criminal courts, juvenile courts, and traffic courts of Lake County, including:

Main courthouse in Waukegan
Mundelein Courthouse
Roundlake Beach Courthouse
Park City Courthouse

We tailor a representation strategy unique to each client to meet their legal AND financial needs

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