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Charles S. Beach has taken hundreds of DUI cases to trial and motion, achieving outstanding results for his clients. Mr. Beach limits his practice to DUI and further limits himself to practice in Cook County, Illinois. He is an accomplished author, lecturer, and teacher of DUI law and cross examination methods. He authored "Traffic Court Practice and Procedure" for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, considered the authoritative manual on how to handle matters at the Chicago Traffic Court. Mr. Beach has worked for the Cook County Public Defender's Office and clerked for Justice Judith Koehler in the 3rd District of Illinois.
Notable Cases and Results:
People v. MJ — MJ was arrested for failure to stop at a red light, driving under the influence, as well as driving on a suspended or revoked license. Based on his background, including three prior DUI arrests and dispositions, he was upgraded to a felony charge. Evidence included a video of the stop and subsequent arrest. At a hearing on a motion to quash the arrest, Mr. Beach alleged that the Defendant never actually entered the intersection and, had he entered that particular intersection, he would have been issued a citation by the City of Chicago based on the photo enforcement of that intersection. Motion granted, case dismissed.
People v. Dybas — Client was facing a three-year Statutory Summary Suspension. Mr. Beach challenged the suspension based upon a Fourth Amendment violation that the officer did not have a reason to stop the client. Suspension was rescinded.
People v. Szlembarski — Client charged with DUI. The officer claimed the client failed sobriety testing. Mr. Beach based defense on a language barrier. The client spoke Polish. Not guilty.
People v. Hudson — Client involved in an auto accident. Multiple witnesses testified against client regarding physical control and intoxication. Defense was based upon the accident causing injury and that was wrongly interpreted as intoxication. Not guilty.
Year of Birth: 1969
Additional languages spoken: Spanish
Law School: DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1996
Law School Honors/Involvement: Am Jur, 1995
Undergraduate School: Michigan State University, B.A., finance, 1992
Employment History: Charles S. Beach PC, 2011-present, principal
Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, 1998-1999, clerk to Appellate Court Justice Judith Koehler
Cook County Public Defender's Office, 1997-1998, assistant public defender at Chicago Traffic Center
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Immediate Past President, 2014-2015
President Elect, 2012-2013
Chicago Bar Association
Traffic Law Committee
Chair, 2001-2003, 2007-2011
Vice chair, 2011-2012
Illinois State Bar Association
Women's Criminal Defense Bar
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
- Leading Lawyer in Criminal Defense Law: DUI, 2013-present
- Avvo rating of 10.0 out of 10
Hamlin Park Neighbors
Published Legal Writing:
"Chicago Traffic Court Practice and Procedure," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2011, 2014
"DUI Bootcamp: DUI Expert Witnesses," 2015
"Defense Subpoena Power," Illinois Legislature, 2016
"Habits of Effective Criminal Defense Lawyers," IACDL Seminar, East St. Louis, Illinois, October 2013
"DUI Bootcamp Masters of Cross Examination," Chicago Bar Association, October 2013
"DUI Cross Examination," Chicago Police Academy DUI conference, October 2013
"DUI and Summary Suspension Law," Chicago Bar Association's "DUI Bootcamp" seminar, 2012
"DUI Defense Perspective," Chicago Police Academy conference, 2012
"DUI," "Winning: Blows, Stops and Trials" conference, Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011
"Summary Suspension Hearings," Courtroom Cross Skills: Summary Suspension Training conference, 2011
"Defending the DUI," Cook County Public Defender's Nutshell Program, 2011
"A defense perspective on DUIs," State's Attorney Training, 2010
"Defending Drinking Drivers," Criminal Law Nutshell conference, 2010
"Cross Examination Techniques," Chicago Police Academy Training-Advanced, 2009
"Cross Examination Techniques for DUI," Chicago Bar Association, 2009
"Suppressing Breath and Blood," Chicago Bar Association, 2008
"Defending the Drunk Driver," Chicago Bar Association, 2007
The firm of Charles S. Beach, P.C. is based in Chicago and practices predominantly in Cook and the collar counties. We are located across the street from the Daley Center, Chicago's Traffic Court and appear there every day.
Our attorneys have been in private practice since 1998. As the firm has grown, we have attracted young talent that is motivated and dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for all of our clients. Our attorneys regularly train prosecutors, judges, public defenders, and other private attorneys in the intricacies of DUI law. Our attorneys are extremely dedicated to public service and we are very proud of our position as the leading DUI firm in Chicago.