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Donald John Ramsell

DUI and DWI Attorney at Wheaton, IL

5.0   38 reviews

also known as DUI Don


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About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    60%
    Ramsell wrote the book on DUI - prosecutors judges and lawyers use it. Don has been recognized as an 11-time Super Lawyer and has represented thousands of clients including police officers, other lawyers, airline pilots, celebrities and others.

    39 years, 15,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    10%
    11-time Super Lawyer Don Ramsell has defended criminal cases since 1986. Don has been recognized by his peers and has represented thousands of clients including police officers, other lawyers, airline pilots, celebrities and others.

    39 years, 3,000 cases

  3. Juvenile law
    10%
    11-time Super Lawyer Don Ramsell has defended juvenile cases since 1986. Don has been recognized by his peers and has represented thousands of clients including police officers, other lawyers, airline pilots, celebrities and others.

    39 years, 500 cases

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%
    Don Ramsell has handled thousands of speeding and traffic tickets since 1986. Don has been recognized as a 11-time Super Lawyer and has represented other lawyers, airline pilots, celebrities and all licensed drivers.

    39 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Expungement
    5%
    Clearing a person's arrest record is critical to getting a job nowadays. Ramsell knows the law in this area and can make it work for you.

    39 years, 500 cases

  6. Sex crime
    5%
    Ramsell has successfully defended persons accused of Child Pornography, Internet Solicitation, Sexual Assault, Sexual Battery and others. He understands the unique nature of these types of allegations.

    39 years, 100 cases

Called a Top DUI Attorney by the media, my firm has handled over 15,000 DUI, criminal and traffic cases since 1986. I am an 12-time Super Lawyer. I am a published author and speaker on Traffic, criminal and DUI Defense. I have argued before the Supreme Court of the United States. I have lectured to lawyers judges and the public across America. I am active in bar associations, and continuously receive the most updated legal DUI information on traffic, criminal and DUI defense.


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My personal interests include Corvettes, Golf and the Chicago Cubs.

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Licensed for 38 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2017
Updated 08/15/2017
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1989
Updated 12/05/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1984
Updated 01/06/2023
State HI
Status Limited license to appear with local counsel
Acquired N/A
Updated 06/04/2015

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Ramsell & Associates LLC
128 South County Farm Road
3rd floor
Wheaton, IL, 60187-2400
Ramsell & Associates
1717 N. Naper Blvd
Suite 200
Naperville, IL, 60563
Ramsell & Associates, LLC
12 S. Riverside Ave
Suite 2-I
Saint Charles, IL, 60174
Ramsell & Associates
1900 E. Golf Rd.
Suite 950R
Schaumburg, IL, 60173
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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Masterful and absolutely without a peer
When I called the Dupage County Bar asking for the absolute best DUI attorney, their answer was immediate- Don Ramsell. Though my first and only DUI, it was not a slam-dunk case. Hie performance in and out of the courtroom was nothing short of masterful. Thanks, Don
Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome law firm
They helped me out immensely and were straight forward with what was going on.
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a great day in court today!
My lawyer, Don Ramsell was amazing! He was able to get my license suspension thrown out in one court visit. He was brilliant at reading through all the evidence and finding that one thing that was not done correctly by the law. I couldn't believe it! I hope I never need legal services again, but if I do, he will be the one I turn to first.
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Posted by Andrew | October 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Ramsell is the real deal
Mr. Ramsell has the reputation of being the best, he is. He handled my case with tenacity and fought for me every step of the way. Case dismissed. You call his office and his staff is patient and willing to take the time to listen and explain things. I would recommend Mr Ramsell and his firm to anyone. I can not thank him enough for the job he and his firm did for me and my family. Thank you Don and Ramsell and associates! Your the best!
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Response from Donald Ramsell October 4, 2016
This gentleman was willing to allow us to fight and go all the way for him! His patience paid off when a case that other lawyers said couldn't be won was dismissed with ZERO fines and ZERO penalties.
Posted by Jon | September 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Knew exactly what he was doing and for my court dates he is 100% successful
Posted by DOMINIC | September 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Donald Ramsell review
I hired mr Ramsell to represent me in my dui case he immediately was very professional and showed me respect, he got my summary of suspension lifted 1st courtdate, and then we went to trial and Mr Ramsell beat the case for me in a few short months
Posted by Don | September 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful
This man knows the law. Tough as nails and one of the funniest guys I ever meet. Mr. Ramsell gave me the time line that my case would take and he nailed it. There is only one lawyer I could recommend and that is Mr. Donald J. Ramsell
Response from Donald Ramsell September 13, 2016
Thank you for the kind remarks. I have a passion for this occupation and it drives me to do nothing but the best for everyone of my clients.
Posted by Jamie | July 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life changer!
Since the get go Don took all actions to prep my case for the best outcome. While upfront and honest of what could be, he really took the stress and rested it in on his shoulders allowing me to breathe. From the first court date he fought for my suspension to be thrown out, and on the second date - it was! Being my second DUI offense I thought this was unheard of, but that's what you get when you hire Don. I am looking forward to having Don handle the remainder of my case, knowing I'll be getting first class treatment.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Under Circumstances
A friend used Ramsell & Associates in the last. Another did research for them selves and these ARE the guys you want! He is "The Don" based on my observations in the courtroom. It appears they have the relationships with the prosecutors that is needed to get you the best possible outcome. Even with a prior DUI arrest (no convictions) my charges were lessened and as all goes well under court supervision I won't have any convictions that will affect my license or insurance rates. Trust them to do the job!
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Navy Seals of law firms
When you need to be extricated from a mess, look no further than Don Ramsell and his firm. You will have the very best and most experienced team you can find ANYWHERE! I was in a DUI dilemma and finished it all with a rolling stop sign ticket and 3 months supervision. Nothing more. I was completely pleased with that outcome, believe me. Hire them and don't bother with looking elsewhere. They handled everything from day 1 to the end and I had complete confidence through the whole experience.
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Posted by Mike | May 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
They'll fight for you!
I came to Ramsell Associates already having lost my case due to a previous attorney, one who I felt didn't fight to represent me. Ramsell and staff listened to my concerns about my case and were able to get one of the biggest issues resolved in my favor. I wish I'd gone with them from the start. HIGHLY recommended. Excellent service.
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Posted by Steve | May 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the best
Best of the best, Mr. Ramsel was able to get me my drivers license back after looking at a 1 year suspension for refusal to blow. Very professional and I would strongly recommend him to handle your case.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Miracle worker!!
Don Ramsell works so hard for his clients. I had hired him after winning an appeal that brought my case back to the county court level. I had already served over 4 yrs. in IDOC and had 2 left, plus 2 yrs. parole. During my new hearings, Don did an in-depth analysis on my toxicology reports, showed flaws in the methods used to prosecute me and gave a speech on my personal life and character that brought me to tears. After all that time behind bars, I had almost forgotten all that I was capable of being but he reminded me that day. Watching him work was like being in a tv show. When the ruling came back, I was granted probation and given community service. I'm free and home with my family. I truly believe if I had hired Don right off the bat, I never would have seen prison but no take backs! Hire Don first!! He will save your life.
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Posted by Candice | April 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My first experience with Ramsell for a traffic ticket and it was seamless!
I have to admit...I do tend to speed and I am fairly new to the area. Getting this ticket you know 39 in a 25 was quite the surprise. I honestly didn't see an 25 speed limit sign! Then I missed the court date and we got another. I suggest you work with Ramsell as they get it done and you move on. Thank you for you help and I'd be glad to pass your contact information along to those in need.
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Posted by Ron | April 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Son's Moving Violation
I hired Mr. Ramsell to help insure that my son would be able to get supervision, and not a violation on his record. Since my son just completed court supervision, it was not a given that he would receive supervision. Mr. Ramsell not only helped us get the desired outcome, but we were in and out of a crowded courtroom in an hour. I hope not to need an attorney again, but if I do I would hire Mr. Ramsell again.
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Posted by Tom | October 31, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don Ramsell is a knight on the hill.
I went to Don for a 2nd opinion on a DUI charge after I was advised to plead guilty to reckless driving (it's not a DUI but still a criminal offense). Don reviewed the evidence with me and explained his legal opinion. I know from my personal experience that Don's reputation carries respect in the courtroom, he can present a legal argument and win. I recommend to anyone facing a DUI charge in IL to go see Don, even if you already have a lawyer. Tom - US Army Veteran
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Posted by Peter | June 3, 2015
Masterful, hope he takes your case, thanks Don and staff
Been six months since my trial for DUI in Dupage and as a repeat offender. What i witnessed was a courtroom manor second to none. People on both sides of the isle frequently sought out his opinions and recommendation. Don Ramsell delivered far and above what i hoped for, DUI charges dropped for a supervision on the simple moving violation. If he takes your case have faith and trust his approach, Truly a remarkable professional, and i am glad to have hired and met him to the point i happily gave an additional $500 bonus for results above and beyond. Don, Thank you so much for how you helped me, my life would have been miserable had this gone another way. Dupage 2015 Sincerely, a truly grateful client.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2014
excellent lawyer.
Don is the best at what he does. My case was tricky because of a past incident, but Don and his team worked their magic and I could not be happier with the outcome. His firms services are worth twice the price. Don and his team answered any and all questions I had, with out hesitation.
Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2014
Hire Donald Ramsell!
Donald Ramsell is the best DUI defense attorney you can ever find. I had placed myself in a very serious situation with my recent DUI. I felt that there was no hope and a lengthy jail time was sure to happen. For nearly 2 1/2 years Mr. Ramsell worked on my case involving multiple motions, petitions and researching my records very carefully. On the day of my trial, the judge found me not guilty on all charges. If you need a very good defense attorney, no doubt that Donald Ramsell is the one to hire.
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Posted by Robert | January 22, 2013
"Second to none"
Excellent! team of "Superb DUI Lawyers" professional, responsive, and will get the job done with amazing results!!! Order Statutory Summary Suspension was "RESCINDED". I was able to continue driving. Best of the best and "Second to none".
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Ramsell & Associates, LLC
  • 1986 - Present
  • Partner
  • Behan Ramsell PLLC
  • 2017 - 2017

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • Law
  • 1984
  • Loyola University of Chicago
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1981
  • Fenton High School
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • People v. DeForest Clark
  • Law Declared Unconstitutional in Trial Court
  • People v Budziszewski
  • Not Guilty Jury Verdict less than 1 hour
  • Illinois v. McKown
  • Ramsell wins DUI in Supreme Court
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Associations

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • President & Dean
  • 2021 - Present
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Faculty
  • 2013 - Present
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Chemical Society
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Jurisprudence Section
  • 2011 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Regent
  • 2010 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • State Delegate
  • 2006 - 2010
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2002 - 2003
  • DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2000 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • Polish
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2021
  • Founding Member
  • Elite Lawyer
  • 2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Illinois Super Lawyer - DUI
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Illinois Super Lawyer - DUI
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Illinois Super Lawyer - DUI
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Illinois Super Lawyer - DUI
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Illinois Super Lawyer - DUI
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Dean's Award
  • National College For DUI Defense
  • 2010
  • Illinois Super Lawyer - DUI
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Illinois Super Lawyers - DUI
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Gas Chromatography Testing
  • Axion Analytical Laboratories
  • 2009
  • Board Certification in DUI Defense
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2005
  • Certified Instructor Field Sobriety Testing
  • LaPier and Associates
  • 2001
  • Outstanding Author
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • 1989
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Publications

  • Thomson West publication
  • Illinois DUI Law and Practice Guidebook
  • 2017
  • ISBA Traffic Law Newsletter
  • Defending Refusals in DUI Jury Trials
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • DuPage Bar CLE
  • DUI Defense 101
  • 2017
  • Cook County Public Defender Nutshell
  • Basic DUI Defense
  • 2017
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence
  • Mock DUI Trial Defense Lawyer
  • 2014
  • Illinois Traffic Court Conference
  • Drugged Driving Issues in Illinois
  • 2011
  • Illinois Traffic Court Conference
  • Breath Testing Issues in Illinois - Science and Law
  • 2010
  • Arkansas DUI Defense Seminar
  • Closing Arguments in DUI Cases
  • 2010
  • National DUI Seminar
  • Interlock Ignition Devices
  • 2009
  • National DUI Seminar
  • Sixth Amendment DUI Evidence
  • 2009
  • Cook County Public Defenders Conference
  • Attacking the Breathalyzer
  • 2009
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Mock DWI Trial Defense
  • 2008
  • Illinois DUI and Traffic Seminar
  • Illinois MDDP Law
  • 2008
  • Michigan DUI Seminar
  • DUI Jury Trial Techniques
  • 2007
  • IICLE DUI Seminar
  • Illinois Field Sobriety Tests
  • 2007
  • ISBA Traffic Law Seminar
  • Illinois DUI Defense
  • 2006
  • DUI Defense
  • Illinois DUI Defense
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (115)
Given (198)
Endorse Donald
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don is one of the country's most capable DUI lawyers. His creative innovations and hard-fought litigation inroads have paved the way for many less knowledgeable, younger attorneys. He has boundless energy and imagination and can analyze a case as well as any attorney in America. He has gone all the way to the United States Supreme Court fighting for his clients' rights. When an attorney or a judge has a friend or family member with a legal problem in Illinois, Don Ramsell is their first call. William C. Head Atlanta, GA www.GeorgiaCriminalDefense.com"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don Ramsell is one of the preeminent practitoners in the field today. His expertise in drunk driving law and science is widely know in the legal profession, as are his impressive skills in the courtroom. I consider him to be one of the most skilled and knowledgeable DUI attorneys in the country, and endorse him without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"What an honor it was for me to have met and spent some time with Don during a recent DWI defense seminar. He clearly is a go-to lawyer for DUI defense, and is selfless in sharing his DWI / criminal defense gifts with his colleagues. On top of that, he is a very likable and personable gentleman. If someone is going to be charged with DWI, a felony or misdemeanor, they will be in great hands with Don. I highly recommend his services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Don for many years. He is one of the most highly respected and reputable DUI defense attorneys I know. I highly recommend his services to anyone."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Donald John Ramsell is a fantastic attorney whose client-focused approach ensures excellent outcomes in his cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Ramsell is nationally recognized as a powerhouse in the area of impaired driving defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Other
"I know Donald from the National College for DUI Defense. He is a wealth of knowledge on DWI/DUI and appeals. He has done extensive appellate work throughout the country. He also volunteers his time to share his knowledge and experience with other lawyers. Donald truly is a credit to the legal profession."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply put, Don has written the book on DUI law in Illinois. Not only is Don the preeminent lawyer in the area of DUI law in Illinois, but he is a highly skilled trial attorney. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. When it comes to defending DUI cases Donald Ramsell is second to none. I appreciate his willingness to share his expertise and help other lawyers improve their skills."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Donald Ramsell on many DUI matters over the years. Don is one of the top DUI defense attorneys, not only in the state, but in the country. Simply, Don is one of the most well-respected DUI attorneys for a reason. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a great attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Don is committed to his clients and our profession. He is seasoned, smart, and fearless in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Don Ramsell is a brilliant attorney and tireless advocate for his clients. One could not make a better choice in selecting an Attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Donny is the best of the best. Hire him if you can."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Ramsell's advice is professional and well-reasoned"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This exceptional attorney is without question one of the best DUI attorneys in the entire nation. He is so good at what he does that many other attorneys reach out to him for advice. Donald literally wrote the book on how to handle DUI's in Illinois! He also is constantly writing and giving lectures on the subject matter. He gets tremendous results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Other
"One of the Nation's best. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Donald. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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