Driving under the influence in Illinois is a serious crime punishable by harsh penalties. A Cook County DUI lawyer can help you develop a sound defense strategy if you are arrested for driving under the influence in Illinois.
A DUI arrest can lead to losing your driving privileges and other penalties depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest.
For instance, DUI with a minor passenger or with three prior convictions is a felony offense. It involves harsher penalties, fines, and jail time, which could affect your criminal record.
At the Hirsch Law Group, we understand the criminal justice system and how to reinstate your license. Our criminal defense lawyers have helped clients in several Illinois counties, including:
To get answers to your questions and DUI representation in Illinois, contact the Hirsch Law Group today. Our legal team can help you understand the possible consequences of a DUI offense and offer legal representation to defend your rights.
Illinois implied consent law gives Cook County police officers the right to request a blood or breath test from suspected DUI offenders. Refusing these tests will result in the immediate one-year suspension of your license. Additionally, refusing a chemical test carries higher penalties than failing a DUI BAC test.
Refusing a chemical test in the state of Illinois can have severe consequences, including:
One-year suspension of your driver’s license for a first offense
Three-year suspension for a second or subsequent offense within five years
Increased penalties and fines if you are convicted of DUI
Possible jail time if convicted of DUI
It is important to note that refusing a chemical test does not guarantee that you will avoid a DUI conviction. A Cook County DUI lawyer can help you understand your rights and options and develop a defense strategy to potentially mitigate the consequences of refusing a chemical test.
The consequences of a DUI conviction can be completely life-changing. For instance, a first-offense DUI is a Class A misdemeanor in Cook County. It is punishable by one-year imprisonment and up to $2500 in fines.
The severity of a DUI conviction depends on the offender’s number of prior convictions. A third or subsequent DUI charge within five years is a felony punishable by a maximum of $25,000 in fines.
These penalties may increase if there was a minor passenger involved or it resulted in someone else’s death.
An aggravated DUI offense that results in death is punishable by fourteen years imprisonment and up to $25,000 in fines. If it resulted in two or more deaths, the accused individual could be looking at twenty-eight years imprisonment.
DUI convictions come with other consequences, such as payment for treatment programs and employment loss. Further, drivers must install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in their vehicles.
Furthermore, DUI convictions carry a permanent criminal record and cannot be expunged. This may affect opportunities for housing, work, and education.
An experienced DUI attorney can prevent all or some of these consequences.
Finding the right Chicago criminal defense attorney will significantly determine the outcome of your DUI case. Individuals seeking the help of a DUI attorney should look for the following:
A criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience in DUI law
A lawyer who is qualified and licensed to practice in Illinois
An attorney who has dealt with various DUI cases
An attorney with vast trial and pre-trial experience
The attorney’s client’s reputation and professional conduct
At the Hirsch Law Group, we have successfully represented countless DUI clients. Find out if we are right for you by scheduling a free consultation.
We have in-depth knowledge and understanding of DUI laws
We know how the court operates and will advise you on new laws and regulations
We are experienced in DUI cases and can increase your chances for success
We can provide you with the DUI defense strategy to beat your DUI charges
We can provide expert witnesses to challenge the prosecution’s evidence in court
Our DUI attorneys will negotiate to reduce your charges and penalties
We can inform you of your rights throughout the DUI process
Our lawyers can advise on the best possible course of action
After carrying out a thorough investigation and analysis of your case, we can establish the following defenses:
Challenge the validity of the traffic stop
Question the testing methods used by the police officer
Challenge the accuracy of the test results
Challenge the officer’s behavior during the traffic stop
Provide alternative reasons for poor performance in tests (e.g., high blood pressure)
Show that the police officer was unqualified to administer tests
Provide alternative CCTV footage showing a lack of reasonable suspicion
Prove that blood samples were mishandled
Show proof of your voluntary attendance at treatment programs
Provide expert witnesses to challenge the officer’s report
As a result of your unique circumstances, we may be able to raise various defenses. We will conduct an intensive investigation and also utilize expert witnesses to support your claim.
Drunk driving criminal charges attract hefty fines and punishments, which can be devastating. However, you do not have to plead guilty to charges you do not understand.
Contact the Hirsch Law Group as soon as possible if you have been stopped on suspicion of DUI. You can count on us to fight aggressively for the restoration of your driving privileges.
We also represent clients in other areas of criminal law, traffic violations, and civil and domestic issues.
Contact us today and schedule a free and confidential consultation with a DUI/ DWI Lawyer.