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Depositphotos_21972729_original-400x266It has been said that great trial lawyers are born, not made. While it certainly helps to have a natural talent, the MacNeil Firm is not satisfied to rest on our laurels. Our Indiana and Illinois criminal defense & DUI lawyers spend hours and hours in the classroom, learning and developing new ways to succeed in the courtroom.

That hard work pays off for our clients, often with dramatic results. What follows is just a sample of the type of success stories that the MacNeil Firm produces on a regular basis. Certainly every case is different, and although no attorney can guarantee results, what the MacNeil Firm can promise is that, if given the opportunity, we will dedicate every effort to secure a victory in your case.

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Our Victories

  1. State Caught Withholding Evidence—Summary Suspension Rescinded
  2. Illinois Concealed Carry License Denied—Denial Reversed and CCL Issued
  3. Teacher Charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon—Not Guilty
  4. Juvenile Accused of Robbery—Not Guilty
  5. Refused Breath Test—License Suspension Rescinded
  6. Perjury Charges—Dismissed
  7. 2nd DUI Facing 3 Year Suspension–Suspension Rescinded, Not Guilty
  8. Touching of a Sexual Nature—Not Guilty
  9. Arrested for 3rd DUI While on Bail for 2nd DUI—Not Guilty
  10. 2nd DUI Suspension Rescinded—Not Guilty
  11. Not Guilty of 3rd DUI
  12. Defendant on Court Supervision for DUI—Not Guilty of Indiana OWI
  13. 2nd DUI with .225 Breathalyzer—Not Guilty
  14. Failed All Field Sobriety Tests—Not Guilty
  15. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Drugs—Not Guilty
  16. Blood Alcohol Level Almost 4 Times Legal Limit—Not Guilty of DUI
  17. .210 Breathalyzer Suppressed—Not Guilty of DUI
  18. DUI Defendant Appears Drunk on Squad Car Video—Not Guilty
  19. No Headlights and Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road—Not Guilty
  20. Accident with 3 Parked Cars and Open Alcohol in Vehicle—Not Guilty of DUI
  21. DUI Driver Failed Breath Test—Not Guilty of DUI
  22. Defendant Gives Written Statement to Police “I’m Drunk”—Not Guilty of DUI
  23. Jury Acquits 2nd DUI Offender with .187 Blood Alcohol Level
  24. Not Guilty of DUI with Creative Defense
  25. 2nd DUI with Hit and Run Accident—Not Guilty
  26. Driver Caught on Video—2nd DUI Dismissed
  27. 3 Car Accident, Defendant Unable to Stand—Not Guilty of DUI
  28. DUI with .10 Breath Test—Not Guilty
  29. Breath Test and Field Sobriety Tests Excluded from Trial—DUI Dismissed
  30. Driver with IL CDL over the Limit and Arrested for DUI—All Charges Dismissed
  31. 2nd DUI with Roll-Over Accident—Not Guilty
  32. Police Videotape Bad Driving on New Year’s Eve—Not Guilty of DUI
  33. Breath Test Excluded from Trial—Not Guilty of 2nd DUI
  34. Probation in Drunk Driving Death
  35. 1st DUI—License Reinstated & All Charges Dismissed
  36. 2nd DUI Driver Passed Out in Car—Not Guilty
  37. DUI with .085 PBT & Video Reduced to Improper Parking
  38. 2nd DUI with Open Alcohol Not Guilty
  39. Reckless Driver Not Guilty of 2nd DUI
  40. 2nd DUI Offense, .227 Breath Test and Revoked License—Case Dismissed
  41. Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension Granted
  42. 4th DUI Caught on Video with .203 Breathalyzer—Reduced to Reckless Driving
  43. Driver Urinated During Traffic Stop—Not Guilty of 2nd DUI
  44. 3 Cops Tell the Jury, “She’s Drunk”—Not Guilty of DUI
  45. 20 mph over the Speed Limit & Fail All Field Tests on Video—Not Guilty of DUI
  46. Defendant Flees Police in a High Speed Chase—Not Guilty
  47. Not Guilty of Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon
  48. Defendant Stabbed Cousin in Chest over Tequila—Not Guilty of All Charges
  49. Child Pornography Discovered by Computer Repairman—Not Guilty
  50. Felony Fraud Reduced to Misdemeanor and Conviction Avoided
  51. Not Guilty of Murder—Point Blank Shot to Back of Head
  52. Defendant “Creepy” but Not Guilty of Sexual Abuse
  53. Landlord Not Guilty of Solicitation of a Sexual Act
  54. Ex-Lover Charged with Stealing Car—Not Guilty
  55. Delivery of Controlled Substance—Case Dismissed
  56. Woman Not Guilty of 3rd Offense of Telephone Harassment
  57. Loaded Gun in Car—No Felony
  58. Roadblock Declared Unconstitutional
  59. Business Owner Acquitted of Theft
  60. Cocaine Found During Traffic Stop—Case Dismissed
  61. Not Guilty of Murder
  62. Ex-Employee Acquitted of Bomb Threat
  63. Illegal Search and Seizure by Police—Drug Case Dismissed
  64. 4th Arrest for Telephone Harassment—Not Guilty
  65. Acquitted of Aggravated Battery to a Child
  66. Corrections Officer Not Guilty of Attack on Inmate
  67. Not Guilty of Battery After Fight at Taste of Chicago
  68. Not Guilty of Domestic Battery to Ex-Girlfriend and Minor Child
  69. Possession of Child Pornography Reduced to Misdemeanor
  70. College Student Not Guilty of Criminal Sexual Assault
  71. Stepdaughter Accuses Stepfather of Sexual Abuse—Charges Dropped
  72. Illegal Search in Drug Case—All Charges Dismissed
  73. Marijuana Charges Dismissed for Improper Search and Seizure
  74. 21 Pit Bulls—Not Guilty of Dog Fighting
  75. Bar Fight Leads to Aggravated Battery Charges—Not Guilty
  76. Class 2 Felony Reduced to Misdemeanor
  77. Not Guilty in Sexual Abuse on Stepdaughter
  78. Cashier Charged in Credit Card Fraud Involving $5000—Case Dismissed
  79. Internet Solicitation of a Minor Reduced to Sex Case and Expunged
  80. Self-Defense in Attempted Murder—Not Guilty
  81. Case Dismissed and 35 Seized Firearms Returned
  82. Not Guilty of Domestic Battery to Ex-Girlfriend
  83. Aggravated DUI—Not Guilty
  84. Not Guilty of Aggravated Robbery
  85. Theft Caught on Video—Not Guilty
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Our Courtroom Victories Include:

  • Perjury Charges—Dismissed
    Defendant charged by the Will County State’s Attorney’s office in Joliet, IL with perjury. It was alleged that Defendant perjured herself on the witness stand at the trial of a third party. Will County Criminal Lawyer Donald N. MacNeil filed a Motion to Dismiss, arguing that the charges must fail based on legal precedent. The Will County Prosecutor was so convinced by Will County Criminal Attorney MacNeil’s argument, that he dismissed the charges before proceeding to hearing before the judge.
  • 2nd DUI Facing 3 Year Suspension–Suspension Rescinded, Not Guilty
    Driver involved in an accident on Super Bowl Sunday. South Chicago Heights police respond to the scene. Defendant admits to drinking and refuses all field sobriety tests and breath tests. DUI is Defendant’s second DUI arrest within 5 years. At hearing, DUI Defense Lawyer Donald N. MacNeil successfully argues that the officer did not have reasonable grounds to arrest. Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension granted, finding not guilty on DUI.
  • Touching of a Sexual Nature—Not Guilty
    Defendant accused by 16 year old girl of fondling her over her clothes. At trial, evidence was that Defendant and victim were alone together in a car before the alleged incident, but that no touching occurred. Alleged improper touching occurred in a small house that had approximately 25 other party-goers inside. Cook County Defense Lawyer Donald N. MacNeil argued to the judge that evidence was lacking where none of the other people at the party showed up to testify, and that if the Defendant wanted to touch the victim, the best opportunity was in the car where they were alone, not in a house full of people. The judge agreed—Finding: not guilty.
  • Arrested for 3rd DUI While on Bail for 2nd DUI—Not Guilty
    Defendant, an Indiana resident, was charged by Illinois State police with his 3rd DUI while out on bail awaiting trial on his 2nd DUI arrest. At trial, ISP trooper testified that he paced Defendant’s vehicle speeding at approximately 95 mph and weaving erratically on I-294. Trooper testifies that Defendant failed all field sobriety tests, including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, Walk and Turn test, and One Leg Stand test. Arrest is recorded on squad car video. Cook County DUI Defense lawyer Donald N. MacNeil on cross examination exposed that the trooper failed to perform the HGN test properly, making it invalid. The trooper also could not recall critical details of the other field sobriety tests. In her ruling, the judge indicated that Defendant was “probably” intoxicated, but because of the reasonable doubt created on cross examination, she had to find Defendant not guilty of DUI.
  • 2nd DUI Suspension Rescinded—Not Guilty
    Orland Park police stop Defendant at approximately 4am for failing to have a front license plate. Upon questioning, Defendant admits to drinking several beers and four shots. Arrest is caught on police officer’s shoulder mounted camera. Defendant charged with his second DUI and required to appear at the Bridgeview courthouse. DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil promptly filed a Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension with the court. At the hearing on that Petition, DUI Defense lawyer MacNeil pointed out to the judge that the arresting officer admits to another officer on video that he did not smell alcohol on Defendant’s breath. Statutory Summary Suspension rescinded and full driving privileges reinstated, finding of not guilty on all charges after trial.
  • Not Guilty of 3rd DUI
    Defendant was charged by Bourbonnais Police Department with driving under the influence of alcohol. This was my client’s 3rd DUI arrest. At trial, the officer testified that Defendant swerved within his lane, and had slow, slurred speech. He further testified that Defendant failed all field sobriety tests. Under cross examination, Kankakee County DUI lawyer Donald N. MacNeil pointed out how the squad car video contradicted police officer’s testimony. Jury deliberated less than one hour before finding Defendant not guilty of all charges. Additionally, several jurors were so impressed by the performance that they asked for Mr. MacNeil’s business card. As a side note, this particular client was represented by Kankakee DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil in his first DUI in Kankakee County. That case also resulted in a not guilty verdict. However, for his 2nd DUI, Defendant hired a different DUI lawyer who recommended that he plead guilty.
  • Defendant on Court Supervision for DUI—Not Guilty of Indiana OWI
    While on court supervision for his first DUI, Defendant is charged by St. John police with Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) in Lake County Indiana Superior Court. During cross examination at trial, the arresting officer admitted that he followed Defendant for almost 2 miles and stop at a gas station before stopping him. In his ruling, the judge indicated that “common sense” would tell you that Defendant was drunk driving, however the state did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Not guilty of OWI after bench trial.
  • 2nd DUI with .225 Breathalyzer—Not Guilty
    Illinois State police charged driver with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol in Will County, Illinois. State trooper stated that he clocked Defendant with Lidar going 81/65 mph zone. After traffic stop, Defendant failed all field sobriety tests and gave a breath test which indicated a blood alcohol content of .225. Will County DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil filed a Motion to Quash Arrest and Suppress Evidence based on lack of probable cause to make the traffic stop. At the hearing, Illinois drunk driving lawyer argued that Defendant could not have been speeding based on the other vehicles which could be observed on the trooper’s squad car video. The judge agreed and granted the motion quashing the arrest and suppressing all evidence. The judge found Defendant not guilty after a stipulated bench trial.
  • Failed All Field Sobriety Tests—Not Guilty
    Defendant charged by Chicago Heights police with driving under the influence of alcohol. According to police, Defendant appeared extremely intoxicated and failed all field tests. Breath test returned a reading of .052, under the legal limit of .08. Finding of not guilty after trial.
  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Drugs—Not Guilty
    Two friends got into an argument while driving. Passenger hit driver over the head with a flashlight and jumped out of the car traveling at approximately 55 mph. When police arrived on scene they spoke to driver who admitted to drinking and taking popular pain killer Vicodin. He was charged with driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, driving under the influence of drugs, and driving under the influence of intoxicating compounds. At trial, Putnam County Prosecutor called a total of five witnesses, including two police officers, a pharmacist, a paramedic, and an independent witness. Jury returned not guilty verdicts on all charges after less than one hour of deliberation.
  • Blood Alcohol Level Almost 4 Times Legal Limit—Not Guilty of DUI
    Defendant found by Illinois State police on the side of the highway after what appeared to be a single car accident. Defendant appeared to be severely intoxicated, and was transported to the hospital by Chicago Fire Department. A blood test at the hospital indicated a blood alcohol level of .325. At trial, Illinois DUI lawyer Donald N. MacNeil argued that the Cook County prosecutor could not prove that Defendant was the driver. Finding of not guilty.
  • .210 Breathalyzer Suppressed—Not Guilty of DUI
    Driver stopped by Phoenix police for speeding. Officer detects odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. According to the police report, Defendant fails all field sobriety tests and takes a breath test which shows a .210 blood alcohol content. At trial, Cook County, Illinois DUI lawyer Donald N. MacNeil succeeded in having the breath test excluded from trial because the officer was not properly certified to administer the test. The officer’s testimony was damaged further under cross examination when he gave inconsistent answers. Finding of not guilty after bench trial.
  • DUI Defendant Appears Drunk on Squad Car Video—Not Guilty
    While on routine patrol on Interstate 294 (I294), Illinois State police found a vehicle parked on the side of the highway. Upon investigation Illinois State trooper found a person in the driver’s seat passed out. ISP officer testified that Defendant had vomited on himself. On the trooper’s squad car video, Defendant had difficulty standing and looked extremely intoxicated. He also failed all field sobriety tests. Illinois Criminal lawyer Donald N. MacNeil argued the Cook County Prosecutor at the Bridgeview courthouse did not prove that Defendant was driving or in actual physical control of the car. No keys to vehicle were found in car or on Defendant. Petition to rescind statutory summary suspension granted, not guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol after bench trial.
  • DUI Driver Failed Breath Test—Not Guilty of DUI
    Driver stopped by Hazel Crest police for a traffic violation. Police suspect driver of drunk driving. Driver fails two field tests and takes a Breathalyzer which indicates a reading of .095. At trial, Illinois DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil agrees to the admission of the breath test result. Under cross examination, officer is forced to concede that he failed to follow the proper procedures in giving breath test. Defendant acquitted of all charges.
  • No Headlights and Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road—Not Guilty
    Defendant found by Markham police driving on the wrong side of the road at night without his headlights on. Defendant failed all field sobriety tests and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Cook County, Illinois at Markham court. Illinois DUI lawyer impeached police officer’s testimony by demonstrating inconsistencies between his testimony and his police report. Not guilty of DUI.
  • Accident with 3 Parked Cars and Open Alcohol in Vehicle—Not Guilty of DUI
    Defendant charged by Kankakee police with drunk driving after hitting three parked cars. At the jury trial in the Kankakee court, police testified that Defendant admitted to drinking five beers at a strip club, and that he failed all standardized field sobriety tests. Police also found an open 24oz beer can in the car. Kankakee County DUI lawyer Donald N. MacNeil discredited the field tests through cross examination and argued that the prosecutor did not prove the Defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The jury agreed and found him not guilty.
  • Defendant Gives Written Statement to Police “I’m Drunk”—Not Guilty of DUI
    Defendant charged with driving under the influence of alcohol by Park Forest police. Under interrogation by police, Defendant give a written statement admitting that he drank a bottle of Hennessy cognac, got into an accident, and fled the scene because he was intoxicated. Police further testify that Defendant could not stand and almost fell over when exiting the vehicle. Not guilty of DUI after bench trial.
  • Jury Acquits 2nd DUI Offender with .187 Blood Alcohol Level
    Defendant charged by Chicago Heights police with his second DUI offense. Defendant submits to a blood test with indicates a .187 BAC (blood alcohol level). While in police custody, Defendant begins acting erratic, allegedly assaults the police officers, and attempts suicide. Illinois DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil filed a motion to suppress the blood test. The motion to suppress was grated and the over-the-limit blood test was excluded from trial. DUI lawyer MacNeil also successfully argued that the jury should not hear evidence of the suicide attempt. Jury found Defendant not guilty of all charges.
  • Not Guilty of DUI with Creative Defense
    Defendant charged with driving under the influence of alcohol by University Park police. Defendant filmed performing field sobriety tests on squad car video. Police testify that Defendant failed all tests. Illinois DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil successfully argued that Defendant performed poorly on field tests, not because she was intoxicated but because she was overweight. Not guilty of all charges.
  • 2nd DUI with Hit and Run Accident—Not Guilty
    Chicago Heights Police Department charged my client with his second DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. At jury trial in the Markham courthouse, the Chicago Heights police officer testified that the Defendant failed all field sobriety tests. During a vicious cross examination by Illinois DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil, the officer’s testimony was impeached when he answered over 15 questions with, “I don’t recall.” The jury deliberated for only 45 minutes before returning not guilty verdicts on all charges.
  • Driver Caught on Video—2nd DUI Dismissed
    The Illinois State police followed my client on Interstate 294 (I294) for over 2 miles before conducting a traffic stop for improper lane usage. On the squad car video, the Defendant performed the standardized field sobriety tests. Police officer testifies that my client failed all field tests. Defendant also performed a preliminary breath test (PBT) which showed a .160 blood alcohol content (.160 BAC) which is double the legal limit. Defendant charged by ISP with his second driving under the influence of alcohol offense. Defendant still on court supervision for 1st DUI. State dismisses all charges on morning of jury trial.
  • 3 Car Accident, Defendant Unable to Stand—Not Guilty of DUI
    Oak Lawn police respond to a call that a person had run a red light, T-boned a car, hit another car and plowed into the side of a building. My client’s car was severely damaged in the accident. At trial in Cook County, Illinois in the Bridgeview court, the police officer testifies that the Defendant was unable to stand on her own, that she had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, and slurred speech. Illinois DUI lawyer Donald N. MacNeil argued to the judge that the poor balance was because of the impact from the bad accident, and that the prosecutor had not proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge found my client not guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol and all other charges after a bench trial.
  • DUI with .10 Breath Test—Not Guilty
    Driver charged in Cook County, Illinois at the Markham court with his first offense driving under the influence of alcohol by Sauk Village police. The police officers testify at trial that my client failed all standardized field sobriety tests and had a breath test (Breathalyzer) reading of .10 BAC. Illinois DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil cross examined the officer and he admitted that field sobriety test failures were technical failures rather than loss of balance because of alcohol consumption. Officer also admitted to 2 ½ hour delay between arrest and breath test. Not guilty after bench trial.
  • Breath Test and Field Sobriety Tests Excluded from Trial—DUI Dismissed
    Defendant involved in car accident in Chicago Heights, Illinois and police were called to investigate. My client was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, among other charges. Cook County DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil filed a motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence because of illegal search and seizure, and unlawful arrest. At hearing, officer testifies that Defendant had poor balance, strong odor of alcohol on breath, and slurred speech. Officer further stated that Defendant failed all standardized field sobriety tests, and had a .121 blood alcohol content (BAC) after a breath test (Breathalyzer). Field sobriety tests and breath test suppressed and excluded from trial. Prosecutor forced to dismiss all charges.
  • Driver with IL CDL over the Limit and Arrested for DUI—All Charges Dismissed
    Driver with Illinois commercial driver’s license arrested for DUI by Chicago police. Defendant facing one year mandatory disqualification of his commercial driver’s license (CDL). Cook County, Illinois DUI lawyer Donald N. MacNeil filed a petition to rescind statutory summary suspension. That petition was granted, avoiding a 3 month suspension. I also filed a motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence because of illegal search and seizure and unlawful arrest. At hearing, officer testifies that Defendant had strong odor of alcohol on breath and bloodshot, glassy eyes. Defendant was arrested on these observations alone. Back at the Chicago police station, Defendant submitted to and failed all standardized field sobriety tests. He also took a Breathalyzer (breath test) which showed a .162 blood alcohol content (BAC) which is over double the legal limit. The judge granted motion and suppressed all field sobriety tests and breath test. Cook County prosecutor was forced to dismiss the case. CDL driver suffers no loss of driver’s license or disqualification of CDL.
  • 2nd DUI with Roll-Over Accident—Not Guilty
    Driver charged in Joliet, Illinois at the Will County court with 2nd offense drunk driving case after single car accident in which the vehicle left the roadway and flipped over. At trial, an independent witness testified for the Will County prosecutor, indicating that the car was weaving and driving erratically before swerving off the road and flipping 3 times. Witness further testifies that driver “reeked of alcohol,” was wobbling, and was “clearly drunk.” Two officers from the Will County Sheriff’s police testified, both indicating that Defendant had a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech, poor balance, and failed field sobriety tests. Squad car video contradicted officers, showing good speech and balance by Defendant. Defendant called a paramedic as a defense witness. The paramedic testified that my client had no odor of alcohol, no slurred speech, good balance, and did not appear intoxicated. Will County judge returned a not guilty verdict on second drunk driving offense after a bench trial.
  • Police Videotape Bad Driving on New Year’s Eve—Not Guilty of DUI
    Matteson police follow driver on New Year’s Eve speeding and weaving between lanes. The driving and arrest are recorded on the squad car video. Driver is stopped and asked to perform field sobriety tests. Defendant arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and required to appear at the Markham court in Cook County, Illinois. At trial, officer testifies that Defendant failed all standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs). Cook County DUI lawyer Donald N. MacNeil cross examined police officer, and argued to the judge that the Defendant did not appear impaired on the video, and that the video conflicted with police officer’s testimony. Finding of not guilty after bench trial.
  • Breath Test Excluded from Trial—Not Guilty of 2nd DUI
    Driver charged with his second DUI offense in Cook County, Illinois at the Markham court. He submits to breath test with a result over three times the legal limit of .08. Cook County DUI lawyer Donald N. MacNeil objected to the Breathalyzer based on improper foundation and Discovery violations. Breath test excluded from trial. Officer’s testimony severely impeached on cross examination. Not guilty of 2nd DUI.
  • Probation in Drunk Driving Death
    Midlothian police charge 19 year old Defendant with Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Reckless Homicide. Defendant swerved off the road and sideswiped a telephone pole. Passenger decapitated in the accident. Cook County Prosecutors ask for jail time. Defendant facing 3-14 years in prison. Illinois DUI attorney successfully argue for probation and no jail time.
  • 1st DUI—License Reinstated & All Charges Dismissed
    Driver charged by Lockport Police Department with first offense of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) among other charges. Defendant refuses breath test (Breathalyzer) and standardized field sobriety tests. Joliet, Illinois DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil filed a Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension in Will County at the Joliet court to avoid a license suspension. At hearing on Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension, Defendant calls bar owner to testify that Defendant was not drunk and only had one beer. Petition to Rescind was granted and full driving privileges were reinstated. On the date of trial Will County prosecutor dismisses all charges.
  • 2nd DUI Driver Passed Out in Car—Not Guilty
    Lockport police find Defendant asleep in his vehicle in a tavern parking lot. According to officer, Defendant fails 2 field sobriety tests and is charged in Joliet, Illinois at the Will County court with his 2nd Drunk Driving arrest. At trial, under cross examination, when confronted with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing procedures, the officer admits that Defendant actually passed the One Leg Stand test. Finding of not guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol after bench trial in Will County courthouse.
  • DUI with .085 PBT & Video Reduced to Improper Parking
    Defendant found by Channahan police asleep inside his vehicle on the side of the road in southern Will County, Illinois. Defendant is videotaped by police failing all standardized field sobriety tests. Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) resulted in a .085 blood alcohol content (BAC). Successful negotiations convinced Will County, Illinois prosecutor to amend the driving under the influence of alcohol charge to the minor traffic infraction Improper Parking. Defendant avoids DUI on his driving record.
  • 2nd DUI with Open Alcohol Not Guilty
    Driver charged with his second offense of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in Cook County, Illinois in the Markham court. At trial, Calumet City police respond to a citizen 911 call of a possible drunk driver. Police locate Defendant and observe him weave out of his lane and almost hit a marked squad car parked on the side of the road. Defendant stopped and asked to perform field sobriety tests. Police officer testifies that he observed Defendant to have bloodshot, glassy eyes, and slurred speech. He also said Defendant had difficulty exiting the vehicle. On cross examination, officer admitted that he followed Defendant for over 4 blocks and observed no erratic driving. The officer also conceded that he did not know if there was any liquid in the beer can he saw in the vehicle. At the close of the State’s evidence, Cook County DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil asked the judge to find in favor of the Defendant. Motion granted, Defendant not guilty of DUI and Unlawful Possession of Open Alcohol.
  • Reckless Driver Not Guilty of 2nd DUI
    Illinois Department of Transportation worker calls 911 about a possible drunk driver southbound on I57. Illinois State police trooper dispatched to location. At trial, ISP trooper testifies that he observed swerving within lane, crossing lane lines, and violent lane change. Vehicle stopped and field sobriety tests were conducted. Trooper testified that subject failed all field sobriety tests and placed under arrest. Defendant charged with his 2nd DUI offense (driving under the influence of alcohol) in Cook County, Illinois at the Daley Center court. Under cross examination by the DUI attorney, trooper admitted that he followed suspect driver for several miles before actually stopping him (119th Street to 147th Street). Further, trooper conceded that he could not recall the details of the field sobriety tests. He could only remember that Defendant failed. Defendant not guilty of all charges.
  • 2nd DUI Offense, .227 Breath Test and Revoked License—Case Dismissed
    Defendant charged in Cook County at the Daley Center court by Chicago police with DUI second offense, and Driving While License Revoked. Defendant alleged to have performed improper U-turn and driven his car up on the sidewalk. Later at the Chicago police station, Defendant submitted to a Breathalyzer (breath test) which indicated a .227 BAC (blood alcohol content). Defendant facing mandatory 30 days in jail upon conviction. Cook County DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil filed a pretrial motion to Quash Arrest and Suppress Evidence. Mr. MacNeil argued that there was no probable cause to arrest. The judge agreed and granted the motion, suppressing the breath test and all other evidence. The Cook County prosecutor filed a Motion to Reconsider which was denied, case dismissed.
  • Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension Granted
    Flossmoor police arrest Defendant for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in Cook County at the Markham court after allegedly attending a party at the south suburban residence of a well-known R&B artist. Police testified that Defendant failed all field sobriety tests and had a preliminary breath test (PBT) which was over the limit. DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil argued to the judge that that the 4″ stiletto heels affected sobriety tests. The judge agreed. Petition to Rescind granted, driving privileges reinstated in full.
  • 4th DUI Caught on Video with .203 Breathalyzer—Reduced to Reckless Driving
    Park Forest Police Department stops the Defendant for a traffic violation and determines that his license is revoked because of a prior DUI conviction. The police suspect driver is drunk and ask him to perform field sobriety tests, which are caught on squad car video. Defendant charged with his fourth driving under the influence of alcohol violation. Driver also submits to a breath test (Breathalyzer) at the station which indicates a .203 BAC (blood alcohol content). Defendant facing mandatory jail time upon conviction. Illinois lawyer successfully negotiates to have DUI amended to Reckless Driving, all other charges dismissed, no jail time.
  • Driver Urinated During Traffic Stop—Not Guilty of 2nd DUI
    Driver stopped by Oak Lawn Police Department and charged with his 2nd DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol) At trial in Cook County, Illinois at the Bridgeview court, Oak Lawn police lieutenant testified that Defendant could barely stand, recited his alphabet A, B, Z, indicated in jest that he was going to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, and staggered over to the bushes to urinate. Cook County, Illinois DUI attorney argued that the prosecutor did not prove case beyond a reasonable doubt. Not guilty of DUI after bench trial.
  • 3 Cops Tell the Jury, “She’s Drunk”—Not Guilty of DUI
    Worth police arrest and charge Defendant with DUI at the Bridgeview Court. Three officers arrive on scene and testify that Defendant was extremely intoxicated, insulting, and referred to officers as “racists” and “Nazis.” After her arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, Defendant was taken to the police station. While in the police station, officers testify that Defendant urinated in her pants without warning. Not guilty after jury trial.
  • 20 mph over the Speed Limit & Fail All Field Tests on Video—Not Guilty of DUI
    Defendant stopped for speeding 20 mph over the limit. Matteson police suspect that Defendant is drunk. Recorded on squad video, Defendant fails all field sobriety tests, and argues with cop to let him go. Judge in Markham court rules that Defendant was probably impaired and definitely had too much to drink to drive safely, but Cook County State’s Attorney didn’t prove that he was driving under the influence of alcohol beyond a reasonable doubt. Not guilty of DUI.
  • Defendant Flees Police in a High Speed Chase—Not Guilty
    Lynwood police charge Defendant with felony charges of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding a police officer. At trial, police officer tells the jury that after chasing the Defendant at over 80 mph, the Defendant stopped his car and turned and looked at the officer before fleeing on foot. Cook County Criminal lawyer Donald N. MacNeil argued that the prosecutor had not proved Defendant’s speed beyond a reasonable doubt, which was an essential element of the offense. The jury agreed and acquitted Defendant of all charges.
  • Not Guilty of Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon
    Defendant charged by Dolton police with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon (UUW), a class 4 felony. Police officer testified at trial that he observed Defendant drive up to a group of young men, exit his vehicle, hold a pistol under the chin of one man, and threaten to kill him. Defendant gives a hand written statement to police admitting same. Not guilty of all charges after bench trial.
  • Defendant Stabbed Cousin in Chest over Tequila—Not Guilty of All Charges
    Park Forest police charge Defendant with Attempted First Degree Murder, a class X felony requiring a mandatory 6 to 30 years in prison upon conviction. The testimony at trial is that Defendant got angry at his cousin while they were doing shots of tequila. The evidence showed that Defendant picked up the knife they were using to cut limes with and stabbed his cousin in the chest, causing a life threatening injury and several days in the hospital. Cook County, Illinois criminal lawyer Donald N. MacNeil obtained a not guilty verdict despite written statements by three witnesses indicating that the Defendant stabbed his cousin unprovoked.
  • Child Pornography Discovered by Computer Repairman—Not Guilty
    Defendant took computer to Frankfort computer repair shop for repairs. Computer repairman discovers files on the computer hard drive containing what he believes to be child pornography and contacts Will County Sheriff’s police. Defendant charged in Will County court with felony Possession of Child Pornography. Defendant facing 2-5 years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration upon conviction. After his arrest, Defendant admitted to police on a videotaped interview that he had been viewing and downloading child pornography on the internet. Joliet, Illinois criminal attorney Donald N. MacNeil consulted with an internationally renowned forensic computer expert to examine computer hard drive and assist in defense. At trial, Defendant presented evidence that the computer expert discovered that most of the child porn images were downloaded while computer was in possession of repair shop. Additionally, through expert testimony it was established that the other images of child pornography which were on the hard drive were stored in unallocated files, temporary internet files, and recycle bin files, negating Defendant’s intent and knowledge of possession. Defendant not guilty of all charges and avoided a lifetime registration as sex offender.
  • Felony Fraud Reduced to Misdemeanor and Conviction Avoided
    The client was charged in Will County at the Joliet, Illinois courthouse with committing fraud selling computers and similar items on popular online auction site eBay. It was determined by Frankfort Police Department that the suspect lived in Frankfort, Illinois. Frankfort police obtained a Search Warrant and raided Defendant’s home. Police seized several computers and related hardware. The Will County Prosecutor gave the names of over 100 witnesses who may testify at trial, with some residing as far away as Iceland and Puerto Rico. The Joliet, Illinois criminal attorney from the MacNeil Firm was able to negotiate a very favorable sentence. The felony fraud charges were amended to a single count of misdemeanor theft. He was sentenced to court supervision, which avoids a conviction on his record and is expugnable.
  • Not Guilty of Murder—Point Blank Shot to Back of Head
    Defendant was charged in Cook County, Illinois at the Markham court with First Degree Murder after being arrested by Richton Park Police Department. Witnesses at trial testified that Defendant was in a vehicle with two other people when he got into an argument. The witness testified that Defendant, who was sitting in the back seat of the car, shot the driver point blank in the back of the head. Illinois criminal defense attorney argued the affirmative defense of justifiable use of force (self-defense). Defendant found not guilty of first degree murder.
  • Defendant “Creepy” but Not Guilty of Sexual Abuse
    Adult Defendant accused by 14 year old girl of inappropriate sexual touching. Hazel Crest police arrest Defendant and, under interrogation, Defendant admits to massaging girl on her thighs and buttocks. 11 year old son of Defendant testifies that he was present the entire time and did not observe any contact between girl and his father. The Cook County judge ruled that he found Defendant guilty of “creepiness,” but that the criminal defense lawyer had created a reasonable doubt, and therefore, was required to find Defendant not guilty of all charges.
  • Landlord Not Guilty of Solicitation of a Sexual Act
    Defendant was the building manager of a property in Chicago Heights, Illinois when he was accused by a tenant of soliciting her for sex. Tenant testifies that she was 3 months behind on the rent and Defendant offered to exchange sex for rent. Not guilty after bench trial.
  • Ex-Lover Charged with Stealing Car—Not Guilty
    Ex-girlfriend calls Tinley Park police and says that Defendant stole her car and left her stranded at a hotel. Defendant charged in Will County, Illinois at the Joliet court. At trial, ex-girlfriend impeached by Illinois criminal attorney Donald N. MacNeil and admits that car was not hers. Not guilty of all charges.
  • Delivery of Controlled Substance—Case Dismissed
    My client was arrested by the Chicago Heights police for delivery of a controlled substance. The Chicago Heights PD was working with the FBI and a confidential informant. It was alleged that my client sold cocaine to the confidential source. The Defendant was facing a mandatory 6-30 prison sentence upon conviction (Class X Felony). After review of pretrial discovery and police reports, Cook County criminal attorney Donald N. MacNeil filed a pretrial motion to exclude photo identification of Defendant by the CI (Confidential Informant). The motion was granted by the judge. On the date of jury trial, the confidential informant was unable to identify the Defendant as the person who sold him the drugs. Prosecutors forced to dismiss case.
  • Woman Not Guilty of 3rd Offense of Telephone Harassment
    Homewood police arrest my client for allegedly making harassing phone calls to an ex-lover. It is the third time she has been charged with telephone harassment, and is on probation for the 2nd offense when she is arrested. In her second case, she pleaded guilty while represented by another lawyer. Because it is her third offense and she is on probation, she is facing significant jail time. Cook County criminal lawyer Donald N. MacNeil determines that the Cook County prosecutor has a weak case. The only significant evidence against my client was an oral statement which my client supposedly made to police, admitting to the harassing phone calls. I filed a Motion to Suppress Statements based on a 5th Amendment violation of Miranda Warnings. Motion granted—case dismissed.
  • Loaded Gun in Car—No Felony
    My client, who was a college student on full athletic scholarship, was charged by Chicago police with Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon (UUW). At trial in Cook County at the Bridgeview courthouse, the police officer testifies that he stopped vehicle for a minor traffic violation. When he approached the office testified that he observed driver drop magazine out of a handgun and put it in the glove compartment. Officer recovers weapon with one round in chamber and full magazine. Under cross examination, the police officer was unable to clarify how many total rounds of ammo recovered. Illinois criminal lawyer successfully argued that the officer’s credibility was damaged by inconsistencies with ammunition, as well as his location when he observed the weapon upon approach. Vehicle had dark tinted windows. After bench trial, not guilty of Aggravated UUW, guilty of misdemeanor UUW, and avoids felony conviction.
  • Roadblock Declared Unconstitutional
    Chicago police stopped my client at a roadside checkpoint (roadblock) on Chicago’s Southside. A search of the vehicle uncovered a loaded handgun in Defendant’s vehicle. He was charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon (UUW) in Cook County, Illinois court. Chicago Criminal attorney Donald N. MacNeil filed a Motion to Suppress Evidence asking the judge to declare the roadblock unconstitutional. After reading a United States Supreme Court case I presented to the court, the judge determined that the roadblock was unconstitutional, Motion to Suppress Evidence granted, case dismissed.
  • Business Owner Acquitted of Theft
    Bolingbrook businessman charged with stealing pallets. Defendant found behind victim’s building with pallets in his van. Victim testifies at trial in Joliet, Illinois court that he stores pallets behind his building. Will County, Illinois criminal defense lawyer Donald N. MacNeil uncovered on cross examination that victim’s pallets are stacked so high that a forklift is required to remove them. Not guilty of all charges.
  • Cocaine Found During Traffic Stop—Case Dismissed
    Orland Park police respond to anonymous call that driver is smoking cannabis in his car. After police arrive, they search the vehicle and find cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Defendant charged in Cook County, Illinois at the Bridgeview court with possession of a controlled substance (PCS) and possession of drug paraphernalia. I filed a Motion to Suppress Evidence based on an illegal search and seizure. At hearing, officer testifies that he stopped vehicle for expired registration and asked Defendant for permission to search vehicle. On cross examination officer admits that he never detected any odor of cannabis or observed any other evidence that Defendant was smoking cannabis. The judge ruled that there was no probable cause to search the car. Motion to Suppress granted, case dismissed.
  • Not Guilty of Murder
    Defendant charged by Chicago Heights police with First Degree Murder in a drive by shooting. Defendant is alleged get-away driver. Defendant facing minimum 20 years in prison upon conviction. Prosecutor offers Defendant a plea agreement of 8 years in jail in exchange for his testimony against other defendants. Defendant rejects deal and goes to trial. Defendant acquitted of all charges.
  • Ex-Employee Acquitted of Bomb Threat
    My client was employed at the same company for almost 30 years and was close to retirement when he was suddenly fired with no notice or reason for the termination. After a confrontation with management, Orland Park police are called. The employer accuses of employee of threatening harm to management and the building, and my client is charged with Disorderly Conduct. Defendant pleads not guilty and case is set for trial. On the day of trial, employer offers to drop charges if Defendant drops his unemployment claim. Defendant maintains his innocence and rejects the offer. At trial, two people who were long-time friends and coworkers testify against Defendant, along with other members of management. The court finds the evidence, even in the light most favorable to the State, insufficient to convict. Motion for Directed Finding granted—Defendant not guilty.
  • Illegal Search and Seizure by Police—Drug Case Dismissed
    Matteson police charge Defendant with possession of controlled substance and possession of cannabis. Mushrooms and marijuana found in Defendant’s backpack. Under interrogation, Defendant admits that he has more marijuana at his apartment and consent to search of his residence. Illinois criminal attorney Donald N. MacNeil filed a motion to suppress evidence based on no probable cause to arrest. That motion was granted by the Cook County judge. Other drugs found at apartment also suppressed as “fruit of the poisonous tree.” Prosecutors forced to dismiss case.
  • 4th Arrest for Telephone Harassment—Not Guilty
    Homewood police arrest Defendant for a fourth time alleging that she made harassing telephone calls to a former paramour. Defendant facing jail time as she is still on probation from her second offense, and was found not guilty of her third offense. During my review of the case, I discovered that evidence could not link the harassing phone calls to my client. Defendant not guilty after bench trial in Cook County at the Markham courthouse.
  • Acquitted of Aggravated Battery to a Child
    Uncle accused by Lansing police of picking up nephew and slamming him head first into the concrete floor of basement. Victim sustained fractured skull, chipped teeth, and rug burns to the face. Victim’s brother admitted under cross examination by Cook County Criminal attorney that victim did not appear scared and was laughing prior to incident. Not guilty after bench trial.
  • Corrections Officer Not Guilty of Attack on Inmate
    Defendant was corrections officer in the juvenile department of corrections. Victim was inmate at corrections facility. Victim alleged that Defendant beat her in her cell. Defendant charged with felony official misconduct. Victim was injured during incident. Other corrections officers testified for prosecution that Defendant attacked victim unprovoked. Not guilty of all charges.
  • Not Guilty of Battery After Fight at Taste of Chicago
    College student charged with misdemeanor battery after fight at Taste of Chicago. Victim had severe injuries to his face and mouth. Illinois criminal attorney Donald N. MacNeil argued that it was self-defense and mutual combat. The judge agreed and acquitted on all charges.
  • Not Guilty of Domestic Battery to Ex-Girlfriend and Minor Child
    Defendant accused by ex-girlfriend of domestic violence against her and her 9 year old son. Victims alleged Defendant cut them with a knife. Child required stitches to bottom of his foot. Defendant arrested by Riverdale police. Illinois criminal defense attorney Donald N. MacNeil successfully excluded Defendant’s prior criminal record of a 30 year prison sentence for aggravated kidnapping and home invasion from being admitted at trial. At trial in Cook County, Illinois, prosecution admitted photos of blood on stairs from child’s foot injury. Criminal defense lawyer argued that the “blood” was ketchup, and that the injury was from debris on the floor. The jury agreed and found Defendant not guilty.
  • Possession of Child Pornography Reduced to Misdemeanor
    Defendant charged in Will County at the Joliet, Illinois court with solicitation of a minor and possession of several hundred child pornography images. Joliet, Illinois criminal lawyer successfully negotiated to have charges reduced to a misdemeanor, non-sex offense. Lifetime registration as a sex offender avoided.
  • College Student Not Guilty of Criminal Sexual Assault
    Defendant charged by Chicago Heights police with criminal sexual assault. It is alleged that Defendant broke into victim’s first floor apartment and attempted to force intercourse. Victim and her mother positively identify Defendant in open court. Not guilty of all charges.
  • Stepdaughter Accuses Stepfather of Sexual Abuse—Charges Dropped
    Defendant, a dual citizen of United States and United Kingdom, accused by Plainfield police of criminal sexual abuse to stepdaughter. Defendant denies all allegations. Search warrant served on Defendant’s home looking for evidence. Will County criminal defense attorney blocked any further interrogation by Plainfield police. Wife and stepdaughter later retract all allegations of wrongdoing. Prosecutor was unwilling to drop charges. The case was strategically positioned to require the prosecutor to dismiss all charges.
  • Illegal Search in Drug Case—All Charges Dismissed
    Arkansas resident charged with possession of a methamphetamine analog. Chicago police stop vehicle for minor traffic offense and discover several thousand ephedrine cold and allergy pills, along with other ingredients to manufacture crystal meth. Illinois criminal lawyer Donald N. MacNeil files a motion to suppress evidence, alleging that there was no probable cause for search. Motion granted, case dismissed.
  • Marijuana Charges Dismissed for Improper Search and Seizure
    Country Club Hills police conduct minor traffic stop on driver. Police search vehicle and discover over a pound of marijuana and several thousand in cash. Illinois criminal attorney Donald N. MacNeil files a motion to suppress evidence based on an illegal search and seizure. Judge initially denies motion, but defense attorney files motion to reconsider. Motion granted, case dismissed.
  • 21 Pit Bulls—Not Guilty of Dog Fighting
    My client was charged with 42 counts of Dog Fighting and Aggravated Cruelty to Animals in Cook County, Illinois at the Markham court. Read more at http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/13758/. Television reports by Fox News indicated that Lynwood police and Cook County Sheriff Investigator Larry Draus raided Defendant’s property in Lynwood, Illinois. Cook County Investigator Draus found 21 Pitt Bull dogs on the property. Also found was what the investigator described as dog fighting paraphernalia and equipment. At trial, Investigator Draus testified that he found a ginny, spring pole, medications, and a treadmill. He also found a dog fighting manual known as a Barney Fife Keep, in addition to underground dog fighting magazines Pitt Bull Tribune and Sporting Dog Journal. Additionally, South Suburban Humane Society Investigator Phyllis Piunti testified that the dogs were extremely aggressive and in bad shape. Other prosecution witness contradicted this testimony under cross examination. Defendant was found not guilty of all felony Dog Fighting charges, as well as all felony Aggravated Cruelty counts after bench trial.
  • Bar Fight Leads to Aggravated Battery Charges—Not Guilty
    Defendant, an officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections, is charged with felony aggravated battery after a bar fight. Victim hit in the face with a glass, required over 100 stitches to the face, and was permanently scarred from incident. Illinois criminal lawyer Donald N. MacNeil argues that it was self-defense (justifiable use of force). Independent witness testifies for prosecution and says Defendant was aggressor. Jury agrees with defense attorney and finds Defendant not guilty.
  • Class 2 Felony Reduced to Misdemeanor
    Defendant charged with Burglary in Will County, Joliet, Illinois, a Class 2 Felony punishable by 3-7 year in the Department of Corrections. Defendant was dissatisfied with his original attorney and contacted Will County criminal attorney Donald N. MacNeil for a second opinion. After a review of the evidence and strong negotiations, the Will County State’s attorney agreed to reduce felony charges to misdemeanor. Defendant avoids lifetime felony conviction on his record.
  • Not Guilty in Sexual Abuse on Stepdaughter
    Stepdaughter accuses stepfather of inappropriate sexual contact. Lansing police arrest Defendant and charge him with several counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. During interrogation, Defendant gives written statement admitting the allegations. Cook County criminal lawyer Donald N. MacNeil successfully obtains not guilty verdict.
  • Cashier Charged in Credit Card Fraud Involving $5000—Case Dismissed
    Gas station cashier charged with Theft and Fraud by Hammond Police Department in Lake County, Indiana. Defendant is accused of illegally obtaining credit card information from co-worker and made over $5,000.00 in charges to cards. Criminal defense attorney Donald N. MacNeil convinces judge to dismiss case based on lack of evidence and the Lake County prosecutor’s inability to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. All charges dismissed.
  • Internet Solicitation of a Minor Reduced to Sex Case and Expunged
    Defendant alleged to have solicited 14 year old girl over the internet for sex. Defendant allegedly has sex with the minor several times. Defendant charged with several sex offenses in a multiple count indictment. Facing sex offender registration and jail time, Will County criminal attorney successfully negotiate to have charges amended to misdemeanor battery and sentenced to court supervision. Charges and arrest expunged after completion of court supervision.
  • Self-Defense in Attempted Murder—Not Guilty
    The client was charged in Markham court with Attempted First Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm against two separate victims. The Prosecutor claimed my client shot both men, severely injuring one and paralyzing the other. The paralyzed victim testified at trial from a gurney and will require around the clock care in a nursing home for the rest of his life. Illinois criminal defense lawyer Donald N. MacNeil asserted the affirmative defense of justifiable use of force (self-defense). At trial, the criminal attorney vigorously cross examined both victims. Both reluctantly admitted that it was not Defendant that shot first, but a third party. Not guilty of all charges.
  • Case Dismissed and 35 Seized Firearms Returned
    Twelve KMEG officers (Kankakee Metropolitan Enforcement Group) raid Defendant’s business to serve notice that his firearm owner’s identification card (FOID) had been revoked. KMEG officer had no search warrant but obtained Defendant’s consent to search his business and home. 35 guns are seized, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition. Kankakee criminal lawyer filed a motion to suppress evidence alleging an illegal search and seizure. Motion to suppress granted. Prosecution forced to dismiss the case. All guns returned to Defendant over objection of prosecution.
  • Not Guilty of Domestic Battery to Ex-Girlfriend
    Defendant charged with domestic violence in Joliet, Illinois. Victim’s face is severely injured. Previous attorney suggested that Defendant plead guilty and accept the prosecutor’s offer of 180 days in jail. Will County criminal attorney Donald N. MacNeil consulted for second opinion. At trial, criminal lawyer MacNeil points out to judge that victim was highly intoxicated and that her injuries contradict her story. Judge agrees and finds Defendant not guilty of all charges.
  • Man Accused by Ex-Girlfriend of Domestic Battery – Not Guilty
    An ex-girlfriend complained to Dolton Police Department that her ex-boyfriend severely beat her in a motel room. At trial, the complainant testified that she was punched in the face, slammed into the wall, and kicked all over her body. Several photographs were admitted into evidence which showed significant bruising and swelling about the face, as well as all over her body. Complainant admitted grabbing and squeezing Defendant’s testicles. Defendant testified that he had to punch and kick her in order to get her to release her grip. Illinois Criminal lawyer Donald N. MacNeil argued self-defense. Finding: not guilty.
  • Aggravated DUI—Not Guilty
    Chicago Police waived at Defendant’s vehicle to advise that the passenger’s dress was hanging out of the car door. Officer testified that upon rolling down the window he noticed a strong odor of burnt cannabis. Driver has limited understanding of English, but purportedly admits to smoking cannabis just before he was stopped by the officer. Defendant was charged with Felony Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. At trial, DUI Defense attorney Donald N. MacNeil argued that with no breath/blood/urine test, no field sobriety tests, and only an oral admission, the State had failed to meet their burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge agreed. Not Guilty of all charges.
  • Not Guilty of Aggravated Robbery
    Four men approach an uncle and nephew in Blue Island and steal a cell phone. The victims give chase and the perpetrators allegedly pulled out a handgun. My client is one of several young men charged with Aggravated Robbery. The other individuals charged in this matter pleaded guilty. At trial, under cross examination by criminal Defense attorney Donald N. MacNeil, both victims admitted that they could not identify Defendant as one of the robbers. Motion for Directed Finding granted, finding of Not Guilty.
  • Theft Caught on Video—Not Guilty
    Dolton Police charged Defendant with theft after he allegedly purchased items on a municipal public works account at Menard’s. At trial, the Cook County State’s Attorney presented surveillance video evidence of the theft occurring. The individual on the video and Defendant had similar appearances. Criminal Defense attorney Donald N. MacNeil argued that it was not the same person, and that the evidence was not beyond a reasonable doubt. Motion for Directed Finding granted, Defendant Not Guilty.
  • Juvenile Accused of Robbery—Not Guilty
    Sixteen year old charged with several other young men with robbery. It was alleged by the Richton Park Police that my client was the getaway driver while two others robbed a third youth. Going forward on a theory of accountability, the State’s Attorney argued that my client was part of the planning of the robbery, and that he knew or should have known that a robbery took place. During cross examination by criminal defense attorney MacNeil, the investigating detective admitted that, while the other suspects admitted their involvement, not a single witness said that my client participated in the planning, shared in the proceeds, or even knew that a robbery took place. Not guilty of all charges.
  • Refused Breath Test—License Suspension Rescinded

    Defendant was stopped on I80 in Will County by Illinois State Police for speeding. Trooper place my client under arrest for DUI after he refused to submit to the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT). He also refused to take the breathalyzer at the station. Will County DUI attorney Donald N. MacNeil file a Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension. At the hearing, attorney MacNeil played the squad car video for the judge. The State Trooper admitted that Defendant passed the one leg stand test, and upon cross examination, was unable to provide details about the alleged failure of the walk and turn test. The judge found there were not reasonable grounds to place Defendant under arrest for DUI and reinstated full driving privileges.

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  • Teacher Charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon—Not Guilty

    My client, an educator with a masters degree, was stopped by Chicago Police for a traffic infraction. Police testified that upon approaching the vehicle, the handle of pistol was observed sticking out of the map pocket behind the passenger seat. Officer admitted on cross examination that my client possessed a valid FOID card, but did not have a valid Concealed Carry License. Cook County defense attorney Donald N. MacNeil argued that there was no evidence that would prove my client had immediate access to the weapon. The judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County agreed and found my client not guilty..

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  • Illinois Concealed Carry License Denied—Denial Reversed and CCL Issued

    When my client came for his initial consultation, the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board had been sending him letters for almost six months requesting additional time to consider his application for his CCL. I objected, arguing that the Board had far exceeded the statutory 90 day time limit for issuing a decision on a concealed carry license application. Suddenly, after almost a year of stalling, the Board sent notice that an objection had been raised to my client’s application for CCL. I responded with a lengthy and detailed explanation and opposition to the flimsy objections that had been made. The Board agreed and issued my client his CCL.

  • State Caught Withholding Evidence—Summary Suspension Rescinded

    Illinois State Police arrested defendant and charged him with DUI on Superbowl Sunday. Facing a 12 month suspension for refusing to take a breath test, Will County DUI defense attorney Donald N. MacNeil filed a Petition to Rescind Statutory Summary Suspension. Prior to the hearing, the Will County State’s attorney refused to produce the police report and squad car video. Attorney MacNeil objected in open court. The judge ordered the prosecutor to produce the police report and allow defense counsel to view the video. Following a hearing, the judge ruled that there were not reasonable grounds to place defendant under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Petition to Rescind granted, full driving privileges reinstated.

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