Purav Bhatt

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: 7737919682
Fax: 312-577-0649
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (90%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Being represented by The Law Offices of Purav Bhatt means you are represented by one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Chicago who is well prepared, attentive and here for you. Rest assured that you and your matter will get the individual time and attention you and your matter deserve.

As a former Cook County State’s Attorney, Mr. Bhatt has the experience to handle felony and misdemeanor cases, traffic cases and other legal matters as well as an understanding of the prosecution’s goals and objectives. During his time as a prosecutor, Mr. Bhatt successfully tried hundreds of bench and jury trials related to weapons charges, drug offenses, animal crimes, violent crimes, thefts and gang related offenses. Mr. Bhatt’s firsthand experience with the methods of the prosecution translates into success for his clients today. After years working with police officers, detectives and investigators building criminal cases against defendants, Mr. Bhatt has the ability to recognize defects in those cases and build strong defenses for his clients.

Trial lawyers offer the most effective criminal, DUI and traffic defense. While negotiations on behalf of our clients often offer successful results, Mr. Bhatt understands that an aggressive and well prepared criminal defense attorney gets the best results for his client because he has the experience and willingness to fight a case from arrest to trial. As a criminal defense attorney who is recognized and respected for his trial skills, Mr. Bhatt is taken seriously by the opposition.

Since 2018, attorney Purav Bhatt has successfully tried multiple jury trials achieving multiple acquittals for his clients including an acquittal in the attempted murder of a state witness in a homicide case. Additionally, Mr. Bhatt successfully reduced a $33 million dollar fraud charge to $11 million thereby significantly reducing his client's criminal exposure. Mr. Bhatt also successfully sued the Chicago Public Schools and Board of Education for $400,000 for a breach of contract against his clients.

About Purav Bhatt

Admitted: 2008, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://bhattchicagodefenselaw.com/about/


  • Superlawyers Nomination, Thompson 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

Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of Illinois State Bar Association, 2019
  • Superlawyers
  • Member of Chicago Bar Association, 2013
  • Member of Cook County Bar Association, 2019
  • Member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • 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

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


  • 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 the 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 Illinos 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 Illnois v. Paul LaFranco (Cook County) - 12 counts of Owner's Duties - Finding of Not Guilty, 2013

Educational Background:

  • Masters in Computer Science - Depaul University, 2002
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Loyola University of Chicago, 1998
  • Juris Doctor - Chicago Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 2008
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Office Location for Purav Bhatt

1655 S Blue Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

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Last Updated: 9/15/2020

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