Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In

Questions Answered by Donald J Ramsell

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on

Q: If I get convicted of drunk driving, how soon can I get my drivers license back?

Donald J Ramsell answered on Jul 19, 2017

It will be for a minimum of one year and could go on indefinitely and could take years to get your license fully reinstated. That is why I recommend you have an attorney involved immediately.

View More Answers

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Illinois on

Q: Im 20 year old female and i was taken advantage of when 13 until i was 16 and the man was 9 yrs older than me.

Ive been mentally traumatized by the experience have not been able to have healthy relationships of any kind have even turned to drugs. I want to know if theres anything that can be done about this monster who takes advantage of people.

Donald J Ramsell answered on Jul 17, 2017

You can still go to the police and report this. The statute of limitations for these types of actions does not run out for a long time.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on

Q: I and My husband hve possible neglect charges. no charges have been filed yet.How long do we have before charges filed

We have a 22 yr old disabled daughter who was sick, we took her to the hospital and the state filed neglect charges against us, because of bed sores and they said she was too thin. We have a protection order against us, and we do not know if she is ok, they also took our 18r old son and put him in... Read more »

Donald J Ramsell answered on Jul 15, 2017

Yes you will need a lawyer familiar with both DCFS and the criminal courts - two different entities by the way. Do NOT give any statements to the case worker UNTIL you have hired a lawyer. This is serious.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Federal Crimes and Sexual Harassment for Illinois on

Q: Can a parent open a sexual assult case for their child who is over 18? (state Illinois)

If they believe an incident happend to their child while the victim was 17.

(when making a report)

Can it lead to a case being filed if the allaged victim does not consent or even if the alleged victim says the accusations are false?

If so will the alleged victim be able to... Read more »

Donald J Ramsell answered on Jul 14, 2017

Anyone can report a possible crime, but only the police or the prosecutor can 'open a case'. And yes the prosecutor can subpoena any person to court to testify.

View More Answers

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Illinois on

Q: Victim didn't show up to trial court hearing for domestic battery case. Shouldn't case be dismissed?

Defendant was proven innocent in pretrial court hearing, and victim didn't show to trial court hearing. Defendant was on parole prior to arrest with 2 months remaining regarding a case from 3 years ago. He has already served 4 months for this domestic battery case. While serving these past 4... Read more »

Donald J Ramsell answered on Jul 11, 2017

Ordinarily (but not automatically) the failure of the complaining witness to appear at trial will prevent a trial from proceeding. A prosecutor can still go to trial but obtaining a guilty verdict is far more difficult.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on

Q: I have a past criminal record and served time in IDOC. and did 2 years parole without incident. I incurred fines.

And restitution.. I missed a court date because of transportation issues but called to inform the court my ride fell through.. the judge issued a warrant and I was arrested resulting in the loss of 1 job and loss of an interview for a better job. Now my girlfriend and I are being pulled over for... Read more »

Donald J Ramsell answered on Jul 7, 2017

It is illegal to search a car without your consent or without a warrant, unless there is probable cause or you are under arrest.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on

Q: Am I barred from obtaining professional licenses (law, medical, etc.) if I've been convicted of a DUI?

Donald J Ramsell answered on Jul 6, 2017

No you are not, but each license has its own rules. So more details would help.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on

Q: My wife got a felony DUI over 2 decades ago - is there any way to remove it from her record?

Donald J Ramsell answered on Jul 6, 2017

In Illinois a felony conviction can never be expunged, unless there is a full governor's pardon with a recommendation to expunge, followed by a court order.

View More Answers

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on

Q: I was in a car where someone driving got arrested for a DUI - do i need to worry about anything for myself?

Donald J Ramsell answered on Jul 6, 2017

You would be responsible if you knowingly allowed an intoxicated motorist to drive a car which you owned.

View More Answers

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on

Q: How does being convicted of a DUI in a state other than Illinois affect my ability to drive in Illinois?

Donald J Ramsell answered on Jul 6, 2017

You will get revoked in Illinois. A very serious situation. you should consult an Illinois attorney BEFORE the out of state case is finalized.

View More Answers

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Illinois on

Q: Am I able to get a real estate license if I've had a dui?

Donald J Ramsell answered on Jul 6, 2017

Yes you can get a license, but this matter should be fully disclosed on the application if you pleaded guilty or were found guilty (even court supervision).

View More Answers

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.