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Have you been arrested for DUI in Chicago or any of the surrounding communities? You absolutely can and should fight your DUI charges and impending suspensions! Whether you are charged at Daley Center at 50 W. Washington, or with a felony at 26th Street, we can help you from the moment you've been arrested.
It is in your best interest to hire a lawyer as soon as you are released, as there are things we can do immediately to begin fighting your case. We do not need to wait until your first court date, and in some cases it is in your best interest not to wait until right before that first court date to hire a lawyer. DUI penalties can be very harsh and can include license suspensions and jail time. The laws are strict, and the penalties may be even more severe when victims are injured or killed as a result of the intoxicated driver's actions.
What is a DUI?
In Illinois, a DUI stands for "Driving Under the Influence." This is a type of criminal offense that occurs when an individual operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
In order to be convicted of a DUI in Illinois, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an individual was operating the vehicle with their blood-alcohol content (BAC) at 0.08 percent or higher, or that they were impaired due to drugs and/or alcohol. However, the BAC limit is 0.04 percent for commercial driver's license (CDL) holders and anything above 0.0 percent for underage drivers (individuals under 21 years of age).
A conviction can result in serious consequences ranging from fines and license suspension to jail time. It’s important to understand what you're up against if charged with this type of crime so you can make informed decisions about how to proceed with your case.
Illinois Drunk Driving Laws 101
Individuals who drink and drive are subject to law enforcement pulling them over to the side of the road and administering a sobriety test. If the officer believes the person is impaired, they will arrest the driver. The officer's opinion on whether someone is impaired is based on the driving the officer observed; the person's speech; dexterity in getting out their driver's license and insurance; if there is an odor of alcohol; if there are red, bloodshot or glassy eyes; and how the person does on the three standard field sobriety tests. Then, if a driver has a blood alcohol level measuring .08% or higher, the officers will charge the driver with a DUI.
What Are the Penalties for DUI in Illinois?
The penalties issued by the courts depend on whether there are prior DUI offenses and how many. It's a felony if you are charged with DUI while your license is suspended or revoked. Felonies also include a prior felony DUI conviction, a hit and run accident, or causing an accident that resulted in injuries or fatalities. Most arrests for a DUI, whether a misdemeanor or felony, is an automatic license suspension for a specified amount of time ranging from 6 months to three years.
Following are the most common DUI penalties:
- Jail or prison, probation, supervision, and large fines
- Court ordered alcohol programs and classes
- Suspension or revocation of a driver's license
- Installation of a vehicle ignition interlock device (BAIID) at driver's own expense
Following your DUI evaluation, a judge may order additional penalties of community service, restitution, and attendance to alcohol related counseling. Underage drivers convicted of a DUI can face problems in pursuing a career or attending a school of choice due to a criminal DUI record. With a future at stake it is essential to have a good criminal defense who can attack the police arrest reports, sobriety test administration procedures, and other evidence produced by a prosecution.
How The Toney Law Firm, LLC Can Help You
A professional and compelling defense is necessary when facing a drunk driving charge. The Toney Law Firm, LLC represents many clients arrested for intoxicated driving, and may be able to fight for your rights and freedoms as well. It is important to contact a skilled attorney as soon as possible following a DUI arrest and before making incriminating statements to the authorities. Driving under the influence allegations are serious with consequences that can affect the offender for many years into the future. A DUI conviction can also create difficulty in securing future employment and can cause the loss of certain freedoms.
The Toney Law Firm, LLC successfully defends against DUI charges and fights for the rights of those charged with drunk driving. Make an appointment today for a free consultation by calling us at (888) 473-4058 or fill out our online contact form.
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