Dealing with a DUI can hurt your license, your wallet, and your future. Don’t accept those consequences without a fight—instead, talk to a Chicago lawyer about fighting your DUI charges.
One minute, you’re on the road, maybe heading home from a friend’s house or from a bar, when you’re pulled over. The officer cites suspicious behavior, and soon, you’re in the back of the police car. You’ve been arrested for drunk driving, and your future may be on the line.
When you’re accused of driving under the influence, you may need to fight back now to protect your future. When a serious conviction is possible, you’ll need a Chicago DUI lawyer. At Chicago Trusted Attorneys, we understand that getting your charges dropped on your own isn’t easy. That’s why we’ll fight for you when you’ve been accused.
Legal Limits for Chicago Drivers
While you know that a DUI is driving under the influence, how much alcohol does it take to be considered “under the influence”? The legal limit often depends on your age and how far over the limit you are.
For the typical Chicago driver, a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 percent is considered over the legal limit. At this point, Illinois police officers will consider you too impaired to drive and will likely arrest you. However, an even higher BAC level can make matters worse. If you have a BAC level higher than 0.16, you could receive higher penalties for what’s called an aggravated DUI.
If you’re underaged, any amount greater than 0.00 percent is considered drunk driving. Illinois is a zero-tolerance state, which means that you could be facing a DUI if you’ve had even one drink before driving. Unfortunately, a DUI penalty can be high, so it’s best to fight back now.
DUI Penalties in Illinois
A DUI is a serious charge in any state, but if you’re arrested in Illinois, you can expect a few serious penalties for a Chicago DUI.
First, you’ll need to consider the fines. For a first offense alone, you could be facing up to $2,500 in fines, which can put you in debt quickly. Jail time is a real possibility, too, with sentences of up to a year for even a first-time offender.
You could also lose your license for some time after the conviction if you don’t fight to get your charges dropped. For your first conviction alone, you might be unable to drive for a year. If you’re possibly facing a third offense, that could be as high as ten years.
First-time offenders may be able to apply for a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID), though that can be a frustrating situation. You need a way to get to work so that your DUI doesn’t leave you jobless. However, an interlock device keeps your car from starting until you’ve passed a sobriety test. That can be embarrassing and frustrating, so it’s best to fight back and avoid DUI charges when possible.
Fight Your Drunk Driving Charges
Before you head to court for your DUI charges, you’ll need to know what to expect and how to fight back. Building a strong defense can be tough, so you’ll need to fight back for your future now. Typically, though, your defense will depend on the circumstances of your case.
For example, you might believe that you weren’t over the legal limit at the time that you were pulled over. In these cases, you may fight back by questioning the accuracy of the field sobriety tests. These machines are delicate, so misuse or incorrect calibration could lead to inaccurate results.
Alternatively, you might not have been driving at the time. You may have parked to let yourself sober up, but because you were sitting behind the wheel, the officer might have accused you of breaking the law. Finding the right defense can be as important as finding the right lawyer, so reach out now for the help you need.
Don’t Fight Your Case Alone
When you’re facing a DUI, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or discouraged, especially if you believe that you can’t afford a Chicago attorney. You may even believe that you have all the legal advice you need from free online sources. Unfortunately, these may not be so trustworthy.
Internet resources are often outdated, and some ideas are based on myths. For example, disputing the accuracy of the field sobriety test alone may not help you. You’ll instead need someone who can also bring in expert witnesses. They’ll have the experience and knowledge needed to dispute the accuracy of the machines and fight back for you.
Public Defenders: Are They Worth It?
Public defenders seem like a good middle option for many people. They have all the certifications of a criminal defense attorney, but they’re provided by the court for those who can’t afford to cover the expenses of a Chicago lawyer.
Unfortunately, they’re not always the best choice for your drunk driving case. While they are attorneys, you won’t be their only client. Some studies show that public defenders are often facing multiple cases a day. If you’re facing an especially difficult case, or if your case needs more attention, you might struggle to get the answers and attention you need.
Instead, it’s best to rely on a Chicago DUI attorney at our firm. We have the tools, the time, and the care you need for a successful case. When you’re facing a DUI, make sure your case is in the right hands.
Chicago DUI FAQ
When you’re facing a DUI charge, it’s important that you come to your Chicago traffic court date prepared. Unfortunately, you might have questions that you’re not finding the answers to right away.
Fortunately, our Chicago attorneys can help. Check out some of our common questions below or speak to our lawyers about your case.
What can I expect if I’m arrested?
If you fail the field sobriety tests, you can first expect to be taken into the station. Your car will be impounded, and, typically, your license will be suspended. You’ll be booked, meaning that your information will be put in the system. Once your bail is posted, you’ll be able to pay it and receive your court date for your DUI case.
Will I have to take driving courses or counseling if I’m convicted?
Often, programs on drug and alcohol abuse are required for first-time offenders. This effort to inform drivers about the dangers of driving under the influence may be a part of your sentence, along with other programs like community service.
What if I’m pulled over for an aggravated DUI?
An aggravated DUI means that you’ve been charged with more than a DUI. This often means that someone was hurt because of a drunk driver. If you’ve been accused, it’s more important than ever to fight back because you might be facing higher penalties and even felony charges.
Contact a DUI Lawyer in Chicago
When you’ve been accused of driving drunk, you’ll need to fight back to protect your future. You may need a lawyer from Chicago Trusted Attorneys to help you overcome your charges and fight back with the right defense. You may even be able to get your charges reduced or dismissed completely with our attorneys’ assistance.
Get started today with a consultation about your arrest. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, reach out, and we’ll help you determine the best options for you to protect your future. We understand it can be tough to fight alone, so take advantage of your consult and learn what to expect.
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