Our defense attorneys have tried thousands of jury and bench trials while defending criminal charges all over the state of Illinois. Wayne Brucar, Amanda Waechter and John Yetter have handled appeals at every level from Illinois Appellate Courts to the United States Supreme Court. Because of our vast experience we have been certified by the Illinois Supreme Court to handle death penalty cases. Every day we represent adult and juvenile clients accused of committing felony and misdemeanor crimes including:
Our criminal defense lawyers provide personal service to each client facing criminal charges and use defense strategies individually tailored to their criminal cases. Communication with you is extremely important to us, and every client of Brucar & Yetter has our personal cell phone numbers and email addresses so they can reach a criminal lawyer 24 hours a day.
We advise our clients through every stage of the criminal process from investigation to disposition so they understand what is happening and can use our advice to their best advantage. We want all of our clients to get the best outcome possible.
Fifty Years of Criminal Defense Experience
Our nearly fifty years of experience has been dedicated solely to defending people. No lawyer in our firm has ever prosecuted or sought to jail a person. We owe no allegiance to anyone but our clients - and our relationships in the courts have been established by years of tenacious fighting.
We will aggressively represent you in the courtroom and we do everything possible to win your case.
316 West Roosevelt Road
Wheaton IL 60187
John Yetter has spent nearly fifteen years in the practice of criminal defense. Since graduating near the top of his class from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1996 he has made it his goal to provide the best defense available for people prosecuted by the government. He earned admission to the Illinois Bar in 1996, the United States District Court in 2003 and the United States Supreme Court in 2006. Currently his practice includes State and Federal criminal litigation, administrative law and state and federal appeals.
As a public defender John was assigned to a variety of special courts. He spent years in DUI court and domestic violence court. He then spent extended periods in general courtrooms where he was involved in the defense of people charged with crimes ranging from speeding tickets to capital murder. After doing hundreds of motions and trials, he entered private practice.
For the last ten years he has defended juveniles and adults all over Illinois in both State and Federal courts. He has handled major felony cases in no less than fifteen counties in Illinois. He has a proven, unparalleled track record in helping individuals regain their right to drive and has published widely on the issues facing individuals with drivers license problems. From circuit court motions and judgment negotiations to hearings before the Secretary of State, his level of success is singular. Very recently a client of Mr. Yetter had his driving privileges returned after his fourth DUI.
Since 1999 he and Wayne Brucar have built the Firm of Brucar & Yetter into a recognized leader in providing high quality defenses to complex prosecutions through the use of an extensive network of experts and high level trial skills. John has practiced throughout Illinois and has practiced in the United States Supreme Court.
Amanda Waechter is well known for her exceptional understanding of the technical areas of the law.
Amanda Waechter is well known for her exceptional understanding of the technical areas of the law. After finishing first in her law school class upon graduation at Valparaiso University School of Law she clerked for a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois. Since being admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2004 she has moved beyond the academic and proved her abilities in the courtroom.
After working for three years in the DuPage County Public Defender's office her experience and knowledge have garnered her reputation as an outstanding litigator in private practice. She has tried many cases before judges and juries from minor misdemeanors to high-class felonies. She currently focuses her practice on doing excellent work in courts of State courts, appellate courts and before administrative tribunals for both juvenile and adult felony cases.
Amanda's entire career has been spent representing people charged with crimes, traffic violations and facing government administrative sanctions.
Wayne Brucar has practiced criminal defense since 1983. His profession has always been the defense of those prosecuted and persecuted by the State and Federal Government. He currently concentrates in state level criminal trial litigation, federal level criminal litigation and state and federal appeals for both criminal and civil cases.
Mr. Brucar graduated with High Honors from Chicago-Kent Law School in 1981. He was admitted to practice in Illinois and the United States District Courts for Northern Illinois in 1981. The same year he published The Centralized Panel For Administrative Law Judges: A Survey of Seven States for University Publications while serving as a Herbert Harley Fellow of the American Judicature Society.
After serving as an Adjunct Professor of Law in Legal Writing at John Marshall School of Law from 1984 - 1987 he worked as a public defender in DuPage and Lake Counties. During this time he obtained a Federal grant to develop and run a specialized drug defense unit within his office. In addition to producing a wide ranging manual on how to aggressively defend drug cases, he developed a unique motion which can be used to force the State to disclose and produce confidential informants in drug transactions before trial.
Mr. Brucar has taken hundreds of felony cases to jury verdict and has run literally thousands of bench trials and motions. His practice includes death penalty litigation on both a trial and post-conviction level.
In 1997 Mr. Brucar founded the firm which today is Brucar & Yetter. He personally handles everything from traffic matters to murder trials as well as appeals and post-conviction petitions