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John Yetter has spent seventeen years in the practice of criminal defense. Since graduating near the top of his class from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1996 he has made it his goal to provide the best defense available for people prosecuted by the government. He earned admission to the Illinois Bar in 1996, the United States District Court in 2003 and the United States Supreme Court in 2006. Currently his practice includes State and Federal criminal litigation, administrative law and state and federal appeals.

As a public defender John was assigned to a variety of special courts. He spent years in DUI court and domestic violence court. He then spent extended periods in general courtrooms where he was involved in the defense of people charged with crimes ranging from speeding tickets to capital murder. After doing hundreds of motions and trials, he entered private practice.

For the last fourteen years he has defended juveniles and adults all over Illinois in both State and Federal courts. He has handled major felony cases in no less than fifteen counties in Illinois. He has a proven, unparalleled track record in helping individuals regain their right to drive and has published widely on the issues facing individuals with driver’s license problems. From circuit court motions and judgment negotiations to hearings before the Secretary of State, his level of success is singular. 

The Yetter Law Group, Ltd. is a recognized leader in providing high quality defenses to complex prosecutions through the use of an extensive network of experts and high level trial skills. John has practiced throughout Illinois and has practiced in the United States Supreme Court.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 30%
    20 years, 8.5 thousand cases
  2. Speeding Ticket: 25%
    20 years, 7 thousand cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
    20 years, 5 thousand cases
  4. Juvenile: 15%
    20 years, 750 cases
  5. Appeals: 5%
    18 years, 100 cases



Fixed (always), Retainer (always)

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Contact info

Yetter Law Group, Ltd.

1121 East Main Street
Suite 400
St Charles, IL, 60174

Yetter Law Group, Ltd.

1755 South Naperville
Suite 100
Wheaton, IL, 60187

Yetter Law Group, Ltd.

1600 Golf Road
Suite 1200
Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199605/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Property Law ScholarUniversity of Dayton1993
Dean's ListNorthern Illinois University1993
Huskie ScholarNorthern Illinois University1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerYetter Law Group, Ltd.2013 - Present
PartnerBrucar & Yetter, P.C.1999 - Present
Assistant Public DefenderDuPage Public Defender1997 - 1999
AssociateRosenberg & Rosenberg1997 - 1997
AssociateGarretson & Santora1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Kane County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarBoard of Directors2006 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2002 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of IllinoisMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. J.C.Not Guilty
People v. S.M.Reduced charge.
People v. J.G.Murder trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Word Pressillinoiscriminallaw blog2010
U.S. Government NewsClearing an Illinois Criminal Record2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Dayton School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Northern Illinois UniversityLiberal ArtsBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mandatory CLE SeminarCompetence of Counsel in Post Conviction Relief2011
Law DayPublic Defender's in Criminal Courts2008
ABA Tech ShowInternet Marketing For Lawyers2007