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First Time DUI in Chicago

Call an Experienced First Time DUI Defense Attorney in Chicago

If it is your first time being arrested for a DUI in Chicago, your arrest has triggered two separate legal actions that must be resolved. One is by the State of Illinois to suspend your driver's license and the second is the criminal offense you will be prosecuted for. The firm stands ready to assist you in both areas.

Penalties for First Time DUI in Chicago

Penalties for conviction on a first time DUI can vary greatly. Some penalties could include:

  • You may have to serve time in jail, up to 12 months in some cases.
  • You can be fined up to $2,500 with additional fines for a BAC above 0.16 or if a child was in the vehicle during your DUI incident.
  • If convicted, your driver's license will be revoked for a minimum of a year, your vehicle registration will also be suspended and you may have to perform community service.

These penalties can severely hamper your ability to go to school or work and do the everyday actions of life. They make it all the more important to obtain competent legal assistance.

When is DUI Charged as a Felony in Illinois?

Commonly, charges for a DUI offense are a misdemeanor. There are circumstances that can cause the charge to be raised to a felony resulting in greater penalties. Aggravated DUI offenses include such things as a DUI that resulted in great bodily harm or death, DUI without a valid license or insurance or DUI in a school zone in which a DUI related accident causes bodily harm. DUI defense attorney Sarah Toney can help you to determine if you may be charged with a felony DUI and what can be done to overcome the charges against you.

Consequences of Underage DUI in Chicago

If you are convicted of an underage DUI in Chicago you will lose your driving privileges for at least 2 years. Even a trace of alcohol, when you are a minor and stopped for a traffic violation, will result in a suspension of your license or permit. Conviction for a DUI becomes part of your permanent record which can affect future employment or educational possibilities. Prevent this from happening to you by contacting the first time DUI lawyer at The Toney Law Firm, LLC today.

There are viable defenses and effective plea bargains that an experienced Chicago DUI lawyer can actively pursue on your behalf. Contact a First Time DUI Defense Attorney in Chicago for competent legal assistance in resolving first time DUI offenses.


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