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Neil G. Patel

DUI and DWI Attorney at Joliet, IL

5.0   26 reviews

About Neil

Learn Neil’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%

    11 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%

    15 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Family
    15%

    6 years, 75 cases

  4. Domestic violence
    10%

    15 years, 600 cases

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%

    15 years, 1,000 cases

  6. Sex crime
    5%

    11 years, 100 cases

One of the hardest things a client faces when dealing with a case is the fear they feel at having to deal with what could be a life-altering crisis. As a veteran of both criminal and civil court, I understand how to deliver the best results while helping my clients through their difficult times – with clear communication, intelligent and practical advice, experience born from trying hundreds of bench and jury trials, and an aggressive, confident presence in the courtroom.

In Will County, I've has developed a reputation for being one of the most prominent defense attorneys and has worked on some of the most demanding cases, including representing the mother of S’emaj Crosby and defending one of the individuals charged with the Hickory Street murders. I've defended dozens of murder cases and countless other serious charges and my work and results have been reported on many times over in the local media and Chicago-area press. Over the last 10 years, I have been all over the State of Illinois defending and trying all types of cases, including drug charges, sex and weapons offenses, traffic and DUI cases, and murder. I have refined all this experience into a successful approach – treat the case like someone’s life is on the line, because for the client, in their mind, their life is at stake, no matter what the charge is.

Prior to becoming a defense attorney, I spent spent 5 years working as an Assistant State’s Attorney at the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office in Joliet. During my time in that office, I was assigned to the Felony Narcotics Unit, the Domestic Violence Unit, and the Aggravated Traffic and Misdemeanor Unit, where Iprosecuted hundreds of drug cases, domestic battery offenses, and DUIs. I am also the only former ASA form the Civil Asset Forfeiture Unit that now defends those cases.

I went to Law School at the DePaul University College of Law where I graduated in 2006. During my time there, I was an extern for a Federal Judge working on one of the largest software patent infringement cases that was pending in the Federal Courts at that time. I was also a leading member of DePaul’s Moot Court Trial Team, competing in competitions across the country. Prior to that, I attended the University of Illinois in Champaign / Urbana where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. During my time in college, I was an intern for Microsoft and IBM. I developed a passion for law, thinking I could blend my engineering experience with an understanding of the law. While in law school, I quickly became focused on becoming a litigator and trial attorney.

I have lived in Will County for over 10 years with my two daughters. I enjoys live music, watching football, and plays the occasional round of poker.

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Licensed for 16 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2006
Updated 10/11/2022

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

Contact Neil

The Law Offices of Neil Patel, LLC
58 N. Chicago Street, 7th Floor
Joliet, IL, 60432

Reviews

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Posted by Lori | October 12, 2021
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Professional & Caring
Two of my friends had used the legal services of Neil zpatel & they both raved about him, so when I needed a lawyer I called him. He got back to me quickly & put my mind at ease. Neil explained everything to me, but didn’t talk down to me. The was very professional & it seemed like he really cared. He always returned my calls in a timely manner & I felt like I was his only client. His fees are very reasonable & in my opinion, he’s worth every penny. I was very happy with Neil Patel & with the outcome of my case. I’ve referred a good friend to Neil & he’s very grateful. I can’t say enough good things about Neil Patel, I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Mubarak | June 8, 2021
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Top of the list
Mr. Neil G. Patel is the one who I recommend to resolve whatever problems you face. calm , patient and confidence through all the process. Thank you very much Mr. Neil
Posted by Maddy M. | May 18, 2021
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Top-Tier
Mr. Patel is a top-tier attorney in the Chicagoland area. If you are looking for someone to really fight for you - he is your guy.
Posted by Dennis C. | May 5, 2021
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One of the best!!!
Neil is my attorney and he did an absolute wonderful job on my case and when to bat for me more times then I deserved…I can’t say enough great things about him…this is you man ladies and gentleman…hands down one of the best!!! thank you again Neil for everything and god bless!!!!
Posted by Debi | May 17, 2018
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Great job done by Neil Patel, associate of Chuck Bretz
I came to Mr. Patel with charges of DUI and Possession. I was looking at losing my drivers license and jail time, I was scared and worried. Neil was calming and poliet, full of confidence, a strong minded person. I asked him for two things, keep me outta jail, and get my drivers license. He told me he would do his best to do that, and gave me some instructions to follow. His knowledge of the law, helped him advise me. His firm worked with me on the fees, I was able to make monthly payment. This man did exactly what I asked DUI was dropped, possession charges ,I got probation The people at the law firm were extremely friendly and personable, I was always well informed. All calls I made were answered in a very timely manner. I am so pleased that I hired Neil Patel And will recommend him to anyone who needs an attorney Because I happen to know the best lawyer in Joliet, his name is Neil Patel, Thank so much!
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Posted by Ellen Moore | March 23, 2018
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Neil Patel Excellent Attorney
Mr. Patel researched the case knew everything inside and out for my grandson including his disabilities. He was able to handle everything with perfection and was able to help the judge understand his condition and was able to have Tommy free from these problems. There's nobody like Neil Patel. Hire him he does an excellent job. His office team is excellent
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Posted by Seth | March 23, 2018
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Aggravated Speeding to Supervision
Neil was methodical in his approach to remove an Aggravated speeding charge to supervision. I drive a lot for my career and this charge would significantly impact mine and my families livelihood without Neils help. Neil was responsive and attentive to my case and I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Sherkier | March 1, 2018
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Knowledgeable and Reliable
He’s very knowledgeable about the law he made my case go quickly and with ease. Never going to anywhere else for legal advise or counsel.
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2018
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Fantastic
Best lawyer!!! He calms you down when your freaking out. He is confident in every move he makes. He gives sound advice and is straight and to the point no beating around the bush. He got our case dismissed. Will recommend!
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2018
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Great job Neil!
We hired Neil when our son had some trouble. Neil had an impressive knowledge of the legal system and actually got our case dismissed! From our first meeting with Neil we felt confident in his abilities. He works closely with the prosecutors and has a good reputation in the court house. Thank you Neil for a “home run”!
Posted by Daniel | November 28, 2017
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Neil Patel equals an educated, well-spoken lawyer who will fight for you.
Neil Patel knows the law and the court room process through and through. Neil puts in the work for your case, fights for you by speaking very fluently, and he'll get you a result favorable for you by his educated execution of your case. He is with a highly respected firm so you are in good hands when you hire him. I was bond on bond, Will County and Livingston County, on Delivery of Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Deliver felony charges and received Probation. The results he obtained speak for themselves on a very complicated case.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2017
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Not Guilty
Neil Patel represented me in a DUI case and I'm extremely happy with his performance. At our first meeting he explained the process, so I always knew what to expect. Alway responsive to my phone calls and emails, answered all my questions. He took my case in front of judge, was very prepared, did everything right. Verdict - "Not Guilty" even though there was 50/50 chance. Highly recommend! V.S.
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Posted by Paige | December 16, 2016
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He helped so much
I went to jail with a felony aggravated DUI and a felony aggravated assault and battery. The states attorney and mine came up with a deal, I spent a little time in jail but it was fully worth it. Neil had both felonys dropped to misdemeanors and I was told to go to alcohol treatment and aa meetings in stead. I am so thankful. He really helped me out so much, he's a good lawyer.
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Posted by michael schmidt | January 26, 2016
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awsome lawyer
Neil has helped me on several occasions in and out of court room and always have given myself and family and friends oustanding service and solid advise when needed... When it comes to money its like anything else,intellgence,and exspert service is always better evennif it costs few xtra bucks.
Posted by bria | January 22, 2016
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Great Lawyer
The experience that led up to meeting neil was horrible but his attitude and work ethnic was amazing. He fought for my case wIth so much passion. Overall i was very much so pleased with my results. He is awesome!!!
Posted by Jeff Council | January 14, 2016
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Excellent results, competent, professional service.
I was more than pleased with Mr Patel's performance. He exuded confidence and put me at ease during this difficult process for me. I would highly recommend his services. The guys a true winner.
Posted by deanna | January 14, 2016
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awesome attorney
He made me feel very comfortable and secure throughout my entire case. I was grateful for all the hardwork he put into my case. He also got me a wonderful outcome for my case.
Posted by Julie | December 31, 2015
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Best Lawyer I Have Ever Had The Pleasure Of Meeting
Me and my husband hired Neil for an extremely complicated case that was looking like prison time. Neil worked his butt off, returned every single phone call, went above and beyond everything that he had to do, and got the job done! No prison time AT ALL! I have personally recommended Neil to every person I have met that has needed a lawyer and I will continue to do so. I promise you, he will not lie to you, scam you out of money, etc. The only thing he will do is get the job done EXACTLY how he says it will be done! Thank you so much Neil!
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Posted by Happy Client | December 31, 2015
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Happy Client
Awesome lawyer. Did what he said he was going to do. Tenacious in the courtroom. Fair prices too.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2015
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Fantastic lawyer!
Mr. Patel did a tremendous job in representing me in regards to my case. The second I met with Mr. Patel I immediately knew I was in good hands and felt confident in hiring him as my attorney. H fought tooth and nail for me from the very beginning until the end. He not only kept me out of jail but has also given me the opportunity to get rid of my felony and most importantly get my life back on track. He is a very knowledgeable lawyer and is willingly to fight as hard as he can for you, trust me! If you are in a bind I highly recommend utilizing him as your attorney. Thanks again Mr. Patel much appreciated.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Offices of Neil Patel
  • 2021 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Chuck Bretz & Associates, PC
  • 2012 - 2021
  • Assistant States Attorney
  • Will County State's Attorney's Office
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Saper Law Offices, LLC
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Extern for the Honorable Mark Filip
  • Northern District Of Illinois U.S. Court
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002
  • James B. Conant High School
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Saved a CDL Driver
  • Case DIsmissed
  • DUI Charge with a Gun in the car
  • Not Guilty of DUI and Unlawful Possession of a FIrearm
  • Domestic Battery Against Ex-Wife
  • Not Guilty of Domestic Battery After a Jury Trial
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Associations

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Will County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Indian American Bar Association of Chicago
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Attorneys for Semaj Crosby’s mother respond to DCFS report
  • Semaj Crosby
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (8)
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Neil for a while. He is very intelligent and knows the law."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Neil in the prosecutor's office and tried cases against him when he became a defense attorney. He is a highly-skilled attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Other
"I used to work with Neil at the Will County State's Attorney's Office. Neil is smart, professional and articulate. I recommend Neil."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Neil and I worked together at the Prosecutor's Office before he became a criminal defense attorney. He's a very sharp, brilliant and hard working lawyer. You will not regret hiring him. He will fight for you from start to finish. I endorse him big time!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Neil is a smart, aggressive attorney, and I would recommend him to anyone who is in trouble."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Whenever I want to bounce ideas off of someone, Neil is always able to listen and provide good feedback to me. Its very helpful to have someone who can provide a fresh, critical, opinion - which allows me to service my clients better."
Domestic violence Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Many of my family law clients find themselves facing criminal issues as well. I know that when they work with Neil, he is not only mindful of the consequences to their background, but how the case affects issues of custody and support. This balance is important when dealing with complex family law issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"When I hired Neil from the Will County State's Attorney's Office, I already knew how bright he was. When he started working for me, he moved quickly and was working on complex cases right away. He is very smart and an excellent writer. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I send all my DUI cases to Neil. I know he has the experience and knowledge to obtain the results my clients expect."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neil is an excellent trial attorney who knows how to prepare a defense. His experience and attention to detail is exceptional. Most important, he is courteous & friendly. Trust you have an outstanding lawyer looking out for your best interest. I recommend Neil without hesitation & will continue to refer clients to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Neil is an outstanding lawyer who fights extremely hard for his clients. I see him everyday at the courthouse and he has the respect of opposing counsel and the judges. I consider Neil to be one of the best lawyers around."
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