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Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney

As a Chicago criminal defense lawyer, Darryl A. Goldberg takes an aggressive and proactive approach in defending his clients’ rights and freedom. He believes everyone deserves the strongest and most effective defense possible. Based in Chicago, he defends clients throughout Illinois and across the United States.

Mr. Goldberg focuses on major felony cases, including federal drug charges, murder, weapons possession, sex crimes and violent crimes. His services are truly comprehensive. Whether you are accused of mortgage fraud or need help recovering forfeited assets, your case will be treated with urgency and importance.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following: 

  • Aggressive Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • Serious State Crimes/Major Felonies
  • Grand Jury Investigation/Proceedings
  • Select Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Civil Rights Cases

Call 773-793-3196 today to arrange your free initial consultation.

­­­Attorney Darryl A. Goldberg

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana


  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Honors: Angell Scholar

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers, Litigator of the Year 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers National Trial Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • Top One Percent National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Client Satisfaction Award American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Top 40 Under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 10 Under 40 National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Rising Star Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Chicago Bar Association CBA/YLS Criminal Law Committee Section, Co-chair
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Trial Evidence Committee, Criminal Evidence Subcommittee, Co-chair
  • American Bar Association/ YLD Criminal and Juvenile Justice Committee, Vice-chair

Illinois v. CH

CH was charged with being an Armed Habitual Criminal, a Class X Felony, for allegedly possessing a handgun after previously being convicted of two other felony offenses. When CH was arrested he was on probation in the state of Missouri, and if convicted in Illinois, not only did he face decades in prison here, but Missouri would violate his probation and he would serve an additional lengthy prison sentence there. CH hired Mr. Goldberg to represent him, knowing negotiating a plea bargain was not an option; CH had to go to trial and win. Mr. Goldberg thoroughly investigated CH’s case, sending out numerous subpoenas, using professional investigators, and personally speaking to potential witnesses or others with information that could help CH’s case. CH went to trial and Mr. Goldberg aggressively cross-examined the arresting police officer and presented a witness in CH’s defense. CH was found NOT GUILTY and left the courthouse with a tremendous weight lifted off his shoulders.

Illinois v. GC

GC was charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver Cannabis (Marijuana) after Cook County Sheriff’s Police and Skokie Police Officers went to GC’s apartment to arrest him on a misdemeanor arrest warrant. When the Officers arrested GC they searched his apartment and they found felony amounts of marijuana and drug-dealing paraphernalia including a scale. GC was unhappy with his first lawyer so he hired Mr. Goldberg to defend him. Mr. Goldberg felt the officer’s violated GC’s Constitutional rights so he filed a Motion to Suppress Evidence and Statements arguing that the law enforcement officers unlawfully searched GC’s apartment, including illegally using a K9 (drug detection dog), as well as unlawfully questioning or interrogating GC when they failed to read him his Miranda warnings after he was arrested. Mr. Goldberg conducted an evidentiary hearing on the Motion to Suppress. The Judge agreed with Mr. Goldberg and granted the motion and excluded all of the evidence, including the marijuana, paraphernalia, and GC’s statements to the police. GC’s case was dismissed.

Illinois v. FC

FC was celebrating a Chicago Bear’s victory and drinking beer with some friends. Unfortunately he made the decision to get behind the wheel and took the life of another man and seriously injured the man’s wife and daughter. FC’s blood alcohol level was over 3 times the legal limit and he was charged with a variety of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Felony Offenses. FC hired Mr. Goldberg and his colleague to defend him. The evidence was overwhelming of FC’s guilt and he entered a “blind” plea of guilty to a Class 2 DUI charge and faced 14 years in prison. However, Mr. Goldberg and his colleague called numerous witnesses at a sentencing hearing and gave the Judge a substantial “mitigation packet” highlighting FC’s exemplary life, other than this tragic mistake. After an emotionally charged sentencing hearing, the Judge agreed with Mr. Goldberg that “extraordinary circumstances” existed and justice would be served if FC was sentenced to probation. If FC successfully completes his probation, he will not serve a night in jail.

Illinois v. JP

JP was charged with First Degree Murder in a so-called Shaken Baby Murder case. He was the uncle and care-giver to an infant who died as a result of what McHenry County Prosecutors claimed was a result of being violently shaken. JP potentially faced the death penalty (when it was authorized in Illinois), and upon conviction of the charges he would have faced decades in prison, a life sentence for him. After years of a thorough investigation and a review and report from an expert witness, Mr. Goldberg and his colleagues were able to convince the prosecutor to severely reduce the charges from First-Degree Murder to an Involuntary Manslaughter charge where JP could (and was) sentenced to probation, avoiding any time in prison, or even jail. At a sentencing hearing the prosecution fought for 5 years in prison, but Mr. Goldberg convinced the judge to sentence JP to a period of probation without any jail time.

Office Locations

Surfside Office
260 95th Street
Suite 206
Surfside, FL 33154
Chicago Office
33 N. Dearborn Street
Suite 1830
Chicago, IL 60602

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