Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Steve Klein
Attorney Steve Klein focuses his law practice in the field of criminal defense. Mr. Klein concentrates in DUI cases, traffic offenses, drug possession, theft, domestic battery, driving on a suspended license, probation or supervision violations, and all types of felonies. He has litigated countless cases, and is an active participant in all aspects of the litigation process. Mr. Klein has familiarity with the criminal court system and has experience performing summary suspension hearings, briefing and arguing substantive motions, negotiating plea bargains, suppressing evidence, and winning many bench trials and jury trials. Throughout the last ten years, he’s honed his skills in conducting jury selection, perform opening statements, direct examinations, cross-examinations of expert and lay witnesses, and making persuasive closing arguments.
Ever since Steve Klein has been working in the legal profession, he has devoted himself to the area of criminal law. After graduating from the University of Southern California with B.A. in Psychology, Steve immediately attended the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Even before Steve began law school, he worked as a clerk at the Cook County State’s Attorney Office in Chicago. He used his psychology degree to organize evidence for Dr. Park Dietz, the State’s top psychological expert in the death penalty case of People of the State of Illinois v. Paul Runge.
After working with the State’s Attorney for three years, Steve changed his mind on where he should place his allegiance. While working with the Cook County State’s Attorney, he was continually drawn to the opposing defense attorney’s creativity and the relationships they formed with their clients. The next year, Steve switched sides and worked at the Cook County Public Defender during his final year at John Marshall. At the Public Defender, Steve excelled in the Felony Trial Division and Homicide Task Force.
As an attorney, Steve received police training in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and earned a certificate from the National Highway Traffic Administration in the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. He has also attended numerous seminars about the recent advances in DUI laws, local ordinance law, BAIID (Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlocking Devices) law, SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor), Drug Court, Mental Illness diversion programs, advanced trial tactics, and jury selection. Steve is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the National College for DUI Defense, the National Advocacy for DUI Defense, the Chicago Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the DuPage County Criminal Defense Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the National Trial Lawyers Association. Steve has also been awarded the Super Lawyers: Rising Star Award from 2012 – 2015. Although Steve has defended thousands of DUI and traffic cases, he is always anxious to accept a variety of different criminal cases and loves the challenge a new case brings. Some of the other cases he has worked on include batteries, unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor, domestic batteries, felony drug possession and delivery, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, theft, unlawful use of a weapon, predatory criminal sexual assault, forgery, disorderly conduct, telephone harassment, obstructing justice, and resisting/obstructing a peace officer.
In addition to his trial work, Steve has also written many appellate briefs challenging the use of incorrect Warning to Motorist forms, improperly denying petitions to rescind statutory summary suspensions, improper length of license suspensions, the admissibility of breathalyzer results, whether one can suspended for a refusal when a blood test is performed, and what actions constitute resisting a peace officer. He has performed four oral arguments and his case of People v. Moreland has helped thousands of motorists win their driver’s licenses back.
In his personal life, Steve plays goalie on his hockey team, is a strong supporter of all Chicago sports teams, and considers himself a music aficionado. Steve Klein has an insatiable passion for criminal defense and believes that providing a strong defense is necessary to prevent overzealous prosecutions. He takes pride in being a criminal defense attorney and strives to not only helps his clients with their legal issues, but their well-being as well. Call Steve Klein today to learn how he can use his experience to help you!