Purav Bhatt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Chicago, IL

The Law Office of Purav Bhatt
1655 S Blue Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: 713-568-7674
Fax: 312-577-0649
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (80%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
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Attorney Profile

The founder of his eponymous law firm that is located in Chicago, Illinois, Purav Bhatt focuses his practice exclusively on criminal defense representation. He uses his previous experience as a former prosecutor to anticipate the types of tactics that he can expect to go up against when he is representing his current clients who come from throughout the greater metropolitan area. Admitted to practice in Illinois since 2008, Mr. Bhatt is also admitted to practice in Washington as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (regular and trial bars), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Mr. Bhatt has been able to obtain successful results for his clients who have faced criminal charges issued by the state or federal government. His cases have included aggravated assault, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, weapons violations, domestic violence, aggravated kidnapping and murder, fraud and other white collar crimes, and sexual assault.

Mr. Bhatt’s track record in obtaining charge dismissals and acquittals as well as his negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecution has led to a great deal of recognition from his fellow attorneys. He has received a 10.0 “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo, and he has been named to both The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.

Mr. Bhatt holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree in computer science from DePaul University. He then went on to attend Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2008.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Criminal Defense
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime

Selections

2 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018

About Purav Bhatt

Admitted: 2008, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://bhattchicagodefenselaw.com/about-attorney-purav-bhat...

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Marijuana possession is considered a drug crime. “Possession" may include more situations than you think such as: Marijuana among your personal belongings, such as in your pockets, bag, purse or backpack Marijuana in your vehicle Marijuana in your home Marijuana paraphernalia, such as pipes or seeds, in your home, car or your belongings In each of these situations, the law makes no distinction as to who the marijuana belongs to, www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/cannabis-possession-under-the-law, www.avvo.com

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Central District of Illinois
  • Admitted to Federal District of New Jersey, 2021
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Member of Illinois State Bar Association, 2019
  • State of Washington
  • Norther District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • Norther District of Illinois Federal Court
  • State court of Illinois
  • Superlawyers
  • Member of Chicago Bar Association, 2013
  • Member of Cook County Bar Association, 2019
  • Member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Educational Background

  • Masters in Computer Science - DePaul University, 2002
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Loyola University of Chicago, 1998

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified in Mediation and Arbitration through the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2019

Honors/Awards

  • Super Lawyers Nomination, Thomson Reuters, 2020
  • Selected to Super Lawyers 2015 Illinois Rising Stars
  • Superlawyers Rising Star, SuperLawyers, 2017
  • Selected to National Trial Lawyers2014 Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2014 Top 40 Under 40
  • Superlawyers Rising Star, SuperLawyers, 2018
  • Superlawyers Rising Star, SuperLawyers, 2016

Verdicts/Settlements

  • In the Matter of A.S. - Successful representation of police officer accused of using cocaine and facing disciplinary hearing, loss of pension and employment. After hearing, the officer was determined to not be at fault, thereby retaining his employment and avoiding all disciplinary actions against him including the loss of pension., 2021
  • People v. A.Z. - Father charged with aggravated battery for allegedly shaking his infant son. A.Z. found not guilty after testimony from an doctor/expert that alternative explanations arose for the infant's injuries, 2020
  • People v. Jeremy Rice Officer Rice, a Chicago Police officer, was arrested as a result of a domestic battery related to the grandfather of his children. Officer Rice risked the loss of his position as a Chicago Police officer, the tarnishing of his record, being accused of a crime he did not commit and lost wages as a result of the arrest. Attorney Bhatt established that the complainant was the true aggressor and that Officer Rice was simply defending himself against an attack. Officer Rice was found not guilty on all battery charges, 2019
  • People v. Deangelo Dotson Attorney Bhatt successfully obtained a finding of not guilty for the possession of a firearm by a felon carrying a possible penalty of 4-15 years in prison. Through the careful cross-examination of the State's witnesses, attorney Bhatt exposed the weaknesses in the prosecution's case. Defendant was found not guilty on all charges related to the firearm, 2017
  • People v. Deangelo Dotson Attorney Purav Bhatt successfully compelled the State's Attorney to dismiss all charges against Dotson in 2 cases including the attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery of a man who was allegedly kidnapped and tortures in retaliation for a drug dispute. Attorney Bhatt convinced a court that the State could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant participated in the crimes and was found not guilty, 2017
  • United States of America v. Babbage Net School United States Attorney indicted and charged Babbage Net School with fraud in the amount of $33 million. Through the use of forensic accountants and financial experts, attorney Bhatt was able to establish the provable value of the fraud to be $11 million thereby significantly reducing the possible penalties for the defendants. Defendants sentences were reduced by 50% as a result of the failure of the US Attorney to establish the full fraud amount of $33 million, 2018
  • Babbage Net School vs. Chicago Public Schools and the Board of Education Obtained a $400,000 verdict against the Chicago Public Schools and Board of Education for breach of contract for failure to pay wages earned by client. Babbage Net School, a secondary education provider continued to provide services to Chicago Public Schools after a federal indictment. As a result of the indictment, Chicago Public Schools refused to pay wages earned. Attorney Bhatt successfully won a verdict despite assistance to the defense from the US Attorney, 2018
  • People v. Marcus Tate - successfully argued for an acquittal of all charges in the attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and witness intimidation prosecution of the State's witness in a separate homicide. State's witness identified defendant in open court as the individual who shot him 5 times a point blank range in an attempt to prevent him from testifying at defendant's brother's murder trial. Attorney Bhatt successfully obtained an acquittal after 2 hours of deliberation in the week long jury trial for his client. Defendant had been held in custody on his pending case for 2 years prior to his trial, 2018
  • People of Illinois v. Iqbal Asif (Cook County) - Criminal Sexual Assault - Finding of Not Guilty People of Illinois v. William Duhadaway (Cook County) - Possession of Cannabis 5000g+ - Finding of No Probable Cause (dismissed) People of Illinois v. Andrew Good (Lake County) - Driving Under the Influence - Finding of Not Guilty People of Illinois v. Paul LaFranco (Cook County) - 12 counts of Owner's Duties - Finding of Not Guilty, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Continuing criminal representation of protestors charges during the George Floyd unrest., 2021
  • Pro Bono representation Chicago protesters who were arrested during the George Floyd protests through the National Lawyers Guild, 2020
  • Lecturer for New Mom's Inc. through Womens Bar Association http://newmomsinc.org/, 2019

Videos

  • Know your rights when stopped for questioning by the police. The Law Office of Purav Bhatt provides helpful tips on protecting your rights. Visit bhattchicagodefenselaw.com for more information or a free case evaluation. In this Quick Legal Minute: Lawyer Purav Bhatt discusses what to do when stopped for questioning by the police. 1) Stay calm and do not resist. 2) Ask the police if you're free to leave. 3) You have the right to remain silent. 4) You do not have to consent to a search of yourself or your belongings. Purav Bhatt is an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney with more than a decade of experience defending clients in the Chicago, Illinois, and Cook County area. Purav grew up in Chicago and knows that good people can end up in bad situations. If you’ve been arrested, don’t hesitate to seek the professional advice you need to get the best outcome. #lawyer#criminaldefense#chicagoattorney, What to Do If You're Stopped for Questioning by the Police - 4 Tips to Consider, Criminal Defense, Federal Defense, Law Enforcement, Attorney, 2021
  • The Law Office of Purav Bhatt provides helpful tips on protecting your rights. Visit bhattchicagodefenselaw.com for more information or a free case evaluation. In this Quick Legal Minute: Lawyer Purav Bhatt discusses what to do when contacted by the FBI. He explains how you do not have to answer any questions or agree to an interview. If you do accept an interview, having an attorney present can help tailor the questions so you will only have to answer to that specific topic. Purav Bhatt is an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney with more than a decade of experience defending clients in the Chicago and Illinois area. Purav grew up in Chicago and knows that good people can end up in bad situations. If you’ve been arrested, don’t hesitate to seek the professional advice you need to get the best outcome. #lawyer#criminaldefense#chicagoattorney, Contacted by the FBI? Criminal Defense Lawyer Explains What to Do, Criminal Defense, Federal Defense, Law Enforcement, Attorney, 2021
  • DUI Law in Illinois, 2012
  • Drug Offenses, 2013
  • Advice from a Professional Criminal Defense Attorney, Criminal Defense, 2015
  • Assault v Battery, 2012
  • Criminal Defense Bio, 2013
  • Review of Criminal Defense Attorney, Criminal Defense, 2015
  • Expungements, 2012
  • Retail Theft in Illinois, 2012

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Adjunct Professor - John Marshall Law School at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Trial Advocacy., 2021

Representative Clients

  • People v. R.C. - Defendant was charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery. Successfully argued no domestic relationship existed between the parties thereby resulting in a dismissal of all charges against R.C., 2021
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Office Location for Purav Bhatt

1655 S Blue Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: 713-568-7674

Fax: 312-577-0649

Last Updated: 5/20/2021

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