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CLE: 2018 Traffic Case Law and Legislative Update: Changes Which Impact Your Practice & Clients

Posted on March 7, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Join us via the Internet on March 19, 2018 for this informative program that presents an update on legislation and case law in the area of traffic law. Traffic law practitioners, criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges, general practitioners, and young attorneys with basic and intermediate experience who attend this seminar will better understand: the new traffic and driver’s license legislation from the recent session of the Illinois General Assembly; how these legislative changes will impact your clients and your law practice; the latest DUI and summary suspension case law including People v. Ida Way[1] and cases regarding the admissibility of the preliminary breath test; and much more!

CLE: Nuts and Bolts of a DUI Blood Draw Case – Live Webcast

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Join us via the Internet on March 5, 2018 for this informative program that provides a roadmap for attorneys working in DUI litigation involving blood draw evidence.

ISBA Traffic Law Section attends annual National College for DUI Defense 2016

Posted on August 2, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Donald Ramsell (Left) of Wheaton, ISBA Governor Stephen Komie of Chicago, and David B. Franks, Past Chair, of Woodstock.Members of the ISBA Traffic Law Section attended the annual National College for DUI Defense 2016 Harvard Session at Austin Hall, Harvard Law School.

Judge strikes ban on supervision for aggravated speeding

Posted on July 15, 2015 by Mark S. Mathewson

A Cook County judge held recently that categorically denying supervision to someone convicted of driving 40 or more miles per hour over the speed limit violates the proportionate penalties clause of the Illinois Constitution. Tom Speedie wrote about the case, People v. Rizzo (Cook County Case No. 37997158), in the May Traffic Laws & Courts newsletter.

Judge Deborah J. Gubin ruled that "the prohibition on court supervision for aggravated speeding [is] an unconstitutional violation of the proportionate penalties clause because it is cruel and degrading," Speedie wrote. "She lists the charges for which court supervision is unavailable, noting that many of them involve bodily injury. She goes on to observe that offenses for which court supervision is available include driving while suspended or revoked, driving under the influence, and theft.

"Judge Gubin concludes that mandating a misdemeanor conviction on a first offense, and not allowing a judge to consider mitigating factors, resulting in a non-expungable, permanent (barring a pardon) criminal conviction, with ongoing ramifications in many areas of a person's life, is cruel and degrading, thus unconstitutional," Speedie wrote. Find out more in the July Illinois Bar Journal.

CLE: DUI and Traffic Law Updates 2014

Posted on March 5, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Don’t miss this discussion in Fairview Heights on Friday, March 14th regarding the increasingly complex issues occurring in traffic law and DUI court, as well as the new case law and legislation mandated by the Illinois General Assembly! State’s attorneys, public defenders, judges, and attorneys practicing in the DUI and traffic courts – with all levels of experience – who attend this full-day seminar will better understand: the jury selection process in DUI and misdemeanor cases; how the traffic law arena is affected by the legalization of medical marijuana; the ethical obligations you have as a traffic law attorney; how new legislation has impacted the defense of Operating Under the Influence; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Traffic Laws and Courts Section and qualifies for 5.50 hours MCLE credit, including 0.75 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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CLE: DUI & Traffic Law Update – Fall 2012

Posted on October 2, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Bloomington on October 12th for this in-depth discussion on the increasingly complex issues occurring in traffic and DUI court, including the complicated sentencing options mandated by the Illinois General Assembly. State’s attorneys, public defenders, and attorneys practicing in the DUI and Traffic courts – with all levels of practice experience – will benefit from the following educational topics: immersing your practice in the Secretary of State administrative process; understanding the difference between “blood serum” and “blood whole” in alcohol detection cases; discovering how new legislation could affect the traffic law arena; refreshing your knowledge on Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and Preliminary Breath Tests; preserving and protecting the record on appeal; understanding how civil discovery can affect statutory summary suspensions; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Traffic Laws & Courts Section and qualifies for 5.50 hours MCLE credit.

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Ramsell named Regent of National College for DUI Defense

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Donald J. Ramsell
Ramsell & Associates, LLC is proud to announce that Donald J. Ramsell, the managing director, was recently named as a Regent of the prestigious 1,000 member National College for DUI Defense. Donald Ramsell is a practicing attorney in Wheaton, and he has been defending DUI cases since 1986. Ramsell is also the author of Thomson-West Illinois DUI Law and Practice Guidebook. Ramsell is a Past President of the DuPage County Bar Association and a past Chair of the ISBA Traffic Law Section Council. Since 1986, Ramsell & Associates, LLC has handled over 13,000 DUI, Traffic and criminal cases throughout northern Illinois.