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Donald N. MacNeil

Criminal defense Attorney at Frankfort, IL

5.0   25 reviews
  • State Years
    Indiana - IN 24 years
    Illinois - IL 25 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Licensed in Illinois and Indiana

  2. DUI and DWI
    45%
    Licensed in Illinois and Indiana

  3. Estate planning
    5%

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%
    Licensed in Illinois and Indiana

The MacNeil Firm is a family of three lawyers, a father and two sons, who are dedicated to providing superior criminal defense and DUI defense in Illinois and Indiana.

 

 

 

What sets the MacNeil Firm apart from many other criminal defense lawyers and DUI defense attorneys is our passion for the law, the Constitution, and our dedication to producing a winning result in your case. Said another way, we hate to lose. Nothing is more rewarding to us than securing a Courtroom Victory for our clients. Whether you are a first offender or have multiple arrests, our criminal defense attorneys and DUI defense lawyers take a personal interest in each case, and our commitment to you and your case is unmatched.

 

 

 

While there are many good DUI and criminal defense lawyers, the MacNeil firm is distinguished by our personal service. We make every effort to exceed our client’s expectations during this stressful time after an arrest.

 

 

Call now for a free consultation and case evaluation:

Location

The MacNeil Firm, Ltd.
20527 South La Grange Road
Frankfort, IL, 60423

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Don MacNeil is a great defense attorney that will go the extra mile to make sure you will get a fair and honest trial . Mr MacNeil was always punctual and on the ball in the courtroom,he had explained the whole process not only once in our initial consultation but also as it was unraveling . My whole experience working with Don was professionally successful , and his hard work solidified our victory . Highly Recommended !!
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Posted by Mario | June 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
The MacNeil Law Firm is a wonderfully talented team to represent you in any case imaginable! With the help of Donald, and his team, he has kept me free of serious trouble in the last few years that range from a false arrest to minor traffic tickets. Always honest and clear about available options, Don is sure to be the best legal representation out there. Very reasonably priced and always willing to work with you under troubling times! Highly recommend Him and his team to anyone in need of legal counsel!!!
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Posted by Tracy | March 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome
Excellent job in handling my matter and fees are more than reasonable. Great attorney, great price, I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Charges Dropped
I could not have selected a better attorney than Donald MacNeil to represent me in connection with my DUI charge. During my initial call with Donald, I knew that I would be getting excellent representation. He made me feel very comfortable, and explained in simple terms the law, the legal process and the severity of my situation. Donald told me he could not promise the result, but he promised to defend me vigorously and to the fullest extent. My version of the arrest differed from the arresting officer's version. Donald took the time to learn all of the details of my case and the pertinent DUI laws. He recommended that we file a motion to suppress evidence. He did an outstanding job pointing out why I should not have been stopped. Without his commitment to making sure I received the best possible outcome, I would have been in a very difficult position. I do not recommend drinking and driving, but if you are facing a DUI charge and need the best representation I highly recommend Donald MacNeil.
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
I hired attorney McNeil for two family members who had DUIs. His patience, expertise and perseverance proved that he treats every legal situation professionally and according to the problem at hand. He returns your calls promptly and discusses your case(s) thoroughly. Neither relative ended in jail time. I would recommend this attorney to family, friends and to anyone needing a defense or DUI attorney.
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Posted by Larry | August 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
don mcneil
I had a case with Mr. Mcneil not long ago, I found him to be very professional w hen I called him he always got back to me very quickly&was very knowledgeable about how to go forward with my defense, I highly recommend him.
Posted by Tyrell | December 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Donald N. McNeil saved my life
I hired Donald and his team for a felony charge that very well could have ended my career in the workforce as well taken me away from my family. Donald was like a lion protecting his cub. He did not let up. He challenged and they ended up dropping the charges to a misdemeanor. I'm so very appreciative of him and his team. They gave me my life back. He's definitely someone I'd recommend.
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Posted by Eric | October 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Honest, Compassioniate & Upfront
I called the MacNeil Firm less than an hour after being arrested and I was able to meet with Don on the same day which was exactly what I needed. I was very worried prior to speaking with him as I have never been arrested or have had the need for a lawyer in the past. Don supplied multiple options and calmed the uneasy feeling I had after being arrested. Inside the courtroom he was professional, well spoken, organized, & commendable. He took the time to walk me thru everything before and as it was happening which helped keep me at ease. I went in knowing this process was going to take a few visits to the courthouse, but to my surprise when we were there he was able to end everything in only one visit. This was fantastic because the outcome was better than expected as well as the money and time that I was saved due to not having the process dragged out.
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Posted by Jennifer | October 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Car accident and work incident
I was in an intersection waiting to make a left hand turn and was hit by oncoming traffic that veered into my lane. The man that hit me had two prior accidents that month and was in a rental car. He called his friend who was a cop and I received a ticket. Don MacNeil got the ticket thrown out and my car insurance was not affected. He also helped me in a work situation where an angry ex-boss was trying to get me fired from a new job. Don is a professional, brilliant, down to earth, extremely competent, top notch attorney. I highly recommend him!!!
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Posted by SuchA.Square | April 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
2 Felonies (Aggravated Robbery / Robbery)
Donald MacNeil , We Love You!!! You gave our family hope when all seem bleak! You gave us back our son, a grandson and also someone brother and nephew! For that we are eternally grateful for you. Man the cross examination you presented today court was on point well thought out and strategic and you made the prosecutor case look merely like Bullsh*t!!! LOL!
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Posted by Modestas | March 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE BEST!
Mr.Donald helped me to win two cases in a court.He is very professional,honest,reliable.I highly recommend Mr.Donald to anyone who needs a great lawyer!Thank you Mr.Donald for your great job!
Posted by John | December 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Don is an attorney who in my opinion encompasses both professionalism and an ethical demeanor. Throughout my vast and tenured experience, bar none, he is the best I have encountered. I am also in law enforcement and have been around alot of lawyers and I have seen good and bad ones, but only a handful in the same expertise as Don MacNeil. I was invloved in a very strange to say vehicle accident and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Don took control of my situation which gave me the confidence there would be a good outcome. That confidence was a foreshadowing of reality as the charge was dismissed. A sign of an excellent lawyer is that not only does he know his job, he cares about his client. This defines Donald MacNeil.
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Posted by Steven Krefft | October 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Macneil got my traffic ticket thrown out with no fuss at all. He was very professional throughout this stressful process and did an excellent job. If I ever get into legal trouble again I know who to call. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants peace of mind when dealing with legal issues.
Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great!
My first time needing a lawyer Donald was very helpful and allowed me not to stress so much. He answered all my question and supported me thru my case.
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2015
Thank you Donald :)
I needed an attorney who could practice law in Indiana and Donald was referred by an Illinois attorney who said, "Donald would take good care of me," and he did. Don did a great job on my son’s case and from the start was very knowledgeable about Indiana and Illinois laws. It was nice to have an attorney nearby who could practice in both states and I felt it was a privilege to be able to contact him on his cell phone whenever I needed to. If he wasn’t available he returned my calls promptly. Also, no question is too small for Don and we had many. He made it clear that we could call him about anything and didn’t make us feel rushed. He has a good demeanor and his performance in court made us feel secure. I will continue to use Don if other legal issues arise and will recommend him to family and friends.
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Posted by Larry | February 9, 2015
excellent Lawyer
Do was very knowledgeable in regards to my case & did a very good job&was always responsive to any questions I had & was always accessible day or night highly recommended!
Posted by Jeff | January 27, 2015
Outstanding
Mr. MacNeil represented me in Cook County on a U.U.W. charge in 2014. I live in Indiana and was a Truck driver at the time of the offense. Donald did a very good job pleading my case and answering all my questions on Gun related charges, he was Knowledgeable on the law and tried several times to get evidence from the state on my behalf. I would definitely use his services again if the need arises and will refer him to anyone who needs a gun law attorney. The result of my case was the gun charge was acquitted and put on deferred prosecution. Thank you Donald for taking my case and doing a outstanding job defending my 2nd Amendment rights!
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2013
Domestic
Donald N. Macneil was very professional and willing to answer any questions regarding the case. Donald Macneil's patience and dedication was able to dismiss the charges. I would highly recommend Donald N. Macneil's expertise and excellence.
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2013
Misdemeanor
Donal MacNeil is the best person to have represent your case. He is very supportive and easy to contact. He is willing to answer your questions even outside of the courtroom and between court dates. He is punctual and always accomplishes the outcomes that he strategizes. He's strategic and well-accomplished. In the courtroom, he creates a good ambiance that judges and prosecutors are attuned to. Most judges have a lot of respect of Don which works in your favor. I've only heard good things from judges about Don. With his quick-witted people skills, he was able to get my assault case dismissed completely where the state and the police were trying to put charges against me even though the opposing party has no interest to press charges. He spoke to the prosecutor in private and came out and the prosecutor dropped all the charges completely. This was not the first time that Don had done that. All it takes is two court visits and Don has done the magic to get you out of a bad situation. He affordable and really does care for his clients.
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Posted by Kurtis | January 14, 2013
Deferal
I enjoyed Don's knowledge of the Traffic court system as well as his prompt approach to having my ticket successfully defered.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • The MacNeil Firm, Ltd.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Wigell & Associates
  • 1996 - 2009

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Loaded Gun in Car—No Felony
  • Not Guilty of Felony
  • Acquitted of Aggravated Battery to a Child
  • Not Guilty
  • 4th Arrest for Telephone Harassment—Not Guilty
  • Not Guilty
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Associations

  • Economic Club of Chicago
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Will County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • South Suburban Bar Association
  • President
  • 2007 - 2008
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Honors and Awards

  • Best DUI Attorney--Top Rated
  • Best DUI Attorney Illinois
  • 2017

Publications

  • Book
  • DUI Charges--Arrests, Trials & Defense Strategies
  • 2017
  • Book
  • Domestic Violence and Weapons
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Strategies in Handling DWI and DUI Cases in Illinois
  • DUI Defense Strategies
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (7)
Endorse Donald
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I was lucky enough to work with Don on several matters. Don is very knowledgeable of the law. It is his passion for the law and defending anyone charged with a crime that still resonates with me. Don ensures that you understand the law, your options and presents you with the various outcomes. He is zealous and compassionate. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime I recommend having them meet Don."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Don is my go to referral source when one of my clients contacts me regarding a DUI or criminal matter. Don is always well-prepared and a passionate advocate for his clients. You are in good hands with Don as your lawyer. I endorse this lawyer and highly recommend his services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse Don MacNeil. I worked on dozens of cases with Don when I was a prosecutor and he was defending his clients on criminal charges. Don has a great knowledge of the law and also of the ins and outs of the court process. Don impressed me as a zealous advocate for his clients and worked hard and smart to get the best possible outcome for all of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I highly respect his legal ability and knowledge. I recommend him to both family and friends and clients whom I can not serve."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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