William Beattie has spent his entire career defending the rights of those accused of a crime in courtrooms throught Illinois. Bill began his career as an assistant public defender in Chicago where, for thirteen years, he tried cases in traffic, juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony courts across Cook County. As a member of the Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar, he was qualified to litigate death penalty cases before capital punishment was abolished in Illinois.
Upon entering private practice, Bill continued to litigate both bench and jury trials in cases ranging from misdemeanor DUI and drug possession, to attempted murder and first degree murder. Bill also has significant experience in appellate litigation as well as litigating constitutional issues, successfully arguing motions to suppress both physical evidence and confessions under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution.
The Law Offices of William Beattie has also successfully represented clients in gaining executive clemency and pardon for their criminal convictions before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, expunging records of criminal arrest, challenging accusations of child abuse and neglect in administrative appeals of findings by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and in hearings to reinstate driving privileges before the Illinois Secretary of State.
A frequent lecturer in criminal and traffic law matters, Bill has taught courses in the areas of trial advocacy, scientific evidence, constitutional law, DUI law and traffic law.