If you have been accused of drunk driving in DuPage County, Illinois, it’s a serious criminal offense and you may face severe consequences. As a first-time DUI offender, you may face a license suspension, expensive fines, and even a jail sentence. If this is not your first drunk driving arrest, you could be charged with a felony charge, especially if you caused a motor vehicle accident. There are other criminal consequences as well — your auto insurance premiums will rise, and the DUI charge may affect your career.
A drunk driving charge isn't something you can fight on your own. You need the help of an experienced DUI criminal defense lawyer who is a strong advocate in the courtroom to fight for your rights and interests against zealous prosecution and get you a favorable outcome.
Our seasoned and experienced DuPage County DUI lawyers at Dohman Law Group offer a free initial consultation to examine your DUI case. Take the first step in protecting your legal rights by contacting us today at 847-616-9993 so we can show you how we can help.
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Our Chicago DUI defense attorneys have helped thousands of DUI offenders in DuPage County, Lake County, Cook County, Kane County, and throughout Illinois beat their DUI charges and we can help you too.
There are some instances where you may have to face severe consequences, even if you have a DUI criminal defense attorney by your side. That’s why you need an experienced attorney who understands DUI laws and has deep extensive experience handling DUI cases. To discuss your legal options, call our criminal defense law firm today at 847-616-9993.
All states in the United States, including Illinois, have DUI laws known as “per se.” These DUI laws make it mandatory for drunk drivers to be sentenced and face legal consequences for committing DUI charges. These laws state that a DUI offender's blood-alcohol content (BAC) is above the legal limit of 0.08 by a blood test or breath test, they might be found guilty of DUI and lose their driving privilege, be fined, and their auto insurance rates may go up.
Also, there are administrative license suspension laws that permit confiscation and suspension of your driving license immediately if you record a blood alcohol level over the legal limit, fail a field sobriety test, or refuse to take a breath test — and this is independent of criminal court proceedings. In most counties in Illinois, drivers who refuse to consent to breathe tests may have their blood drawn if they refuse to take a breath screen.
In Illinois, a drunk driving charge is a class A misdemeanor offense, and criminal penalties include the possibility of court supervision, driver's license suspension, a maximum prison sentence of one year in jail, and expensive fines of up to $2,500. First-time DUI offenders may face a mandatory license suspension. Illinois also requires first-time offenders to install a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) with a camera unit in their motor vehicles.
Repeat DUI offenders may almost certainly face hefty fines and prison time and will also have limited driving privileges if their driver's license isn't revoked. A drunk driving charge may become a felony charge punishable by more than a year in jail, especially if you have previous DUI convictions or if you were driving an invalid driver’s license.
A Class 4 felony offense may cause imprisonment of 1-3 years and fines of up to $25,000. If there have been personal injuries or deaths, the jail time increases. For instance, an aggravated DUI with multiple deaths becomes a class X felony punishable by 6-30 years of imprisoned and heavy fines of up to $25,000.
An experienced DuPage County drunk driving defense lawyer can make a major difference in many DUI cases, especially where there are “aggravating factors” — circumstances such as property damage, repeat offenses, personal injury, or child endangerment. An experienced DUI criminal defense lawyer can help get you off if you weren’t intoxicated but somehow failed the breath test or the field sobriety test.
In all circumstances, a skilled DUI attorney can help you by making sure you're prepared to go to trial, complete requirements before your court appearance, file proper documentation with the Department of Motor Vehicles, and making sure you complete any alcohol education program or alcohol treatment programs recommended to help you get your driver's license reinstated.
If you're charged with a DUI, it's essential to retain the legal services of an experienced DUI criminal defense attorney. The seasoned DuPage County DUI attorneys at Dohman Law Group know the courts and the legal system and that there are aspects of drunk driving charges that may lead to a dismissal or result in a lesser sentence or criminal penalty.
Our experienced trial lawyers will work with you to understand the details surrounding your DUI case. We will investigate your DUI case and prepare a strong defense strategy to help you beat your DUI charges. If you have been arrested because of violating drunk driving laws in Illinois, contact our DUI criminal defense firm today at 847-616-9993 for a confidential consultation.