Jorie K. Johnson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Aurora, IL

Law Office of Jorie K. Johnson, LLC
 | 3015 East New York Street, Suite A2-178
Aurora, IL 60504
Phone: 847-922-8683
Fax: 630-499-9635
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

As founder of the Law Office of Jorie K. Johnson, Ms. Johnson is dedicated to serving clients in multiple counties within Illinois, including but not limited to Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, Kane, Kendall, Winnebago, Ogle, Lee, Grundy, LaSalle and Will from her offices in Aurora and Chicago. She focuses her practice on criminal records law, post-conviction relief and criminal defense.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Johnson has represented clients in cases involving the following: expungement, sealing, clemency, and certificates of disability and good conduct, as well as motions to vacate and petitions for relief from judgment.  She has been successful in obtaining executive clemency with authorization to expunge cases from present and past Illinois governors. She also handles active criminal cases involving retail theft, possession of controlled substances and cannabis, assault, battery, domestic violence, criminal and civil orders of protection relating to the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986, traffic offenses, driving with a suspended or revoked license, sex offenses and murder cases.  Finally, Ms. Johnson assists individuals obtaining and reinstating both their FOID cards and concealed carry permits in Illinois.

Ms. Johnson graduated from the elite Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1992. While working full time as a paralegal, Ms. Johnson graduated from Northwestern University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in psychology, and minoring in Business.  She then went on to earn a Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in 2008.

Ms. Johnson understands that, when they are facing criminal charges, her clients' futures are on the line. As such, she listens to her clients and helps them build a strong criminal defense. From the start of each case until its resolution, Ms. Johnson stands by her clients and strives to ensure their rights are upheld. In the case of her post-conviction clients, Ms. Johnson understands that people do make mistakes throughout their lives and she firmly believes that none of us should be judged solely on a moment or two of bad judgment.

A former volunteer with Cabrini Green Legal Aid and First Defense Legal Aid, where she provided pro bono representation to clients for several years, Ms. Johnson stays active in the legal community. She is a member of numerous professional associations, including the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association and the Women's Criminal Defense Bar Association.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (100%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Rising Stars: 2016 - 2018

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About Jorie Johnson

Admitted: 2008, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.illinoisexpungementlawyerblog.com/attorney-profil...

Honors/Awards:

  • In 2017, Ms. Johnson was named an Illinois "Rising Star" attorney by Thomson Reuters., Illinois Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2017
  • In 2016, Ms. Johnson was named an Illinois "Rising Star" attorney by Thomson Reuters., Illinois Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2016
  • In 2018, Ms. Johnson was named an Illinois "Rising Star" attorney by Thomson Reuters., Illinois Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • In December 2018 Ms. Johnson was sworn into the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (general practice)., 2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Illinois State Bar Association, 2019
  • Women's Criminal Defense Bar Association, 2019
  • American Bar Association, 2019

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • First Defense Legal Aid in Chicago, Volunteer Attorney (previous part-time Staff Attorney)
  • Pro Bono Attorney for Cabrini Green Legal Aid in Chicago

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • From 2010 through 2018, Ms. Johnson was able to get 6 clients' Petitions for Executive Clemency with Authorization to Expunge (most with restoration of firearm ownership privileges) under past Governors Quinn and Rauner. The convictions at issue ranged from violent misdemeanors to both violent and non-violent felonies, and she also aided all 6 clients in obtaining expungements in the court where the conviction(s) originated from., 2018
  • As of February 21, 2019, Ms. Johnson has gotten 2 petitions for executive clemency with authorization to expunge and with restoriation of firearm ownership privileges granted by (ex) Governor Rauner. Both clients were granted relief from felony drug convictions and are in the process of seeking expungement in the original courts of conviction at this time., 2019

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Ms. Johnson had numerous in-court victories in terms of favorable outcomes due to submission of mitigation on clients' behalves; she was able to get many misdemeanor and felony clients alike into deferred prosecution programs in various counties throughout Illinois, obtain sentences of court supervision for numerous misdemeanor offenses, so as to avoid convictions on clients' criminal records (as well as to avoid immigration consequences in many instances), and even negotiation with the prosecution in a few cases to obtain outright dismissal of charges., 2018

Educational Background:

  • Phillips Exeter Academy, Liberal Arts Graduate, Exeter, NH, 1992
  • Northwestern University, Bachelor of Science, Major: Psychology; Minor: Business, Evanston, IL, 2002
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Office Location for Jorie K. Johnson

3015 East New York Street
Suite A2-178
Aurora, IL 60504

Phone: 847-922-8683

Fax: 630-499-9635

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Last Updated: 5/13/2019

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