DUI

Monday, March 6, 2017

DUI on St. Patrick's Day: What You Need to Know


Chicago comes alive with celebration on St. Patrick’s Day, which is Friday, March 17 this year.

Unfortuantely, that means police will be making dozens of drunk driving arrests, too. There have already been a number of “unofficial” St.


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Monday, November 28, 2016

How to Find the Best Chicago DUI Lawyer


If you’re like many people charged with drinking and driving over the holidays, you want to know how to find the best Chicago DUI lawyer you can—and your line of thinking is right on-track.

The consequences of a DUI are extremely serious, whether it’s your first offense or a subsequent offense, and that means you need the best DUI lawyer in Chicago to help you through this difficult process.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Is DUI a Felony in Illinois? What You Need to Know About DUI Before the Holidays


If you’re like many people who have been accused of drunk driving, you’re wondering: Is DUI a felony in Illinois?

The answer?

Sometimes.

Is DUI a Felony in Illinois?

DUI is a felony in Illinois under certain circumstances. (DUI cases are on the rise right now because of the holiday season.


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Monday, October 31, 2016

Skokie, IL DUI: What You Need to Know


If you’ve been pulled over for drinking and driving, you already know that it’s one of the most terrifying experiences of your life.

The police are coming out in full force right now because the holidays are right around the corner… and during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the city sees a huge increase in the number of arrests, charges, and convictions. If you’ve already been charged, call a Skokie, IL DUI lawyer immediately.

So what should you do if you’re pulled over for DUI in Skokie?

What to Do if You’re Pulled Over for DUI in Skokie

If a Skokie police officer pulls you over because he or she suspects you’ve been drinking, or when you’re randomly stopped at a checkpoint, know that what you do is very important.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

DUIs and the Holidays in Chicago


The holidays are right around the corner—and that means it’s time to brush up on Chicago’s DUI laws and the consequences of a drunk driving conviction in Illinois.

What Are Chicago’s DUI Laws?

Legal Blood-Alcohol Content in Chicago

In Chicago, as well as elsewhere in Illinois, you’re considered “drunk” by law if your blood-alcohol concentration is at or above 0.08 percent.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

What Could a Skokie DUI Lawyer Do for You?


Let’s face it: if you get pulled over for drinking and driving, you’re going to want to talk to a Skokie DUI lawyer who will take immediate action on your behalf.

Why?

Because the consequences of DUI in Skokie are just as severe as they are elsewhere in the state—and you can’t afford to gamble with your future.

What Your Skokie DUI Lawyer Will Do

Your Skokie DUI lawyer—the attorney you hire who’s familiar with the Skokie court system, prosecutors, and judges—will take immediate action if you’re accused of drinking and driving. He has to; the sooner your lawyer delves into the circumstances of your case, the sooner he’ll be able to build the defense that gets you the best possible outcome.

Your Skokie DUI Lawyer Will Ask Questions

Your attorney will ask you questions and examine the evidence in your case.
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Saturday, July 30, 2016

What Are the Consequences for DUI in Skokie?


If a judge convicts you of driving under the influence of alcohol in Skokie, you’ll end up paying steep fines and, in some cases, spending time behind bars. For most people, it’s best to talk to a Skokie DUI lawyer who will evaluate your case and can determine whether evidence was illegally collected, whether police made errors, or whether your rights were violated during the process.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

What Happens if You're Arrested for DUI in Skokie?


Driving under the influence of alcohol is an incredibly serious offense in the state of Illinois. A conviction can result in tremendous consequences, including steep fines and time behind bars.

What Happens if You’re Arrested for DUI in Skokie?

If you’re arrested for DUI, the first thing you should do is get in touch with a Skokie DUI defense attorney.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Were You Charged With DUI Over Memorial Day Weekend?


With Memorial Day just behind us, many people are now facing DUI charges in the state of Illinois. Whether police pulled you over in Chicago, Rolling Meadows, Skokie or Schaumburg, the fact is that if you had a blood-alcohol content as low as 0.05, you can be convicted of DUI if there is evidence to prove that you were actually impaired while you were driving.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

DUIs in Chicago

Hundreds of people are arrested across Chicago each year for suspected drunk driving.

Are they all guilty?

Of course not.

The truth is that police can give you a sobriety test if they think you appear to be intoxicated while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, not all sobriety tests are created equal – and even chemical breath tests, such as the Breathalyzer, are sometimes improperly calibrated or not working correctly.

What Are DUIs in Chicago?

In Chicago, as well as in the rest of the state, you can be found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol if your blood contains 0.08 percent alcohol concentration. It’s measured by blood-alcohol content, which is the ratio of alcohol in your system to blood or breath.

However, it’s important to note that according to the Secretary of State, you can even be convicted of DUI if your blood-alcohol content is as low as 0.05 percent if there is additional evidence that you were impaired at the time.

Zero Tolerance on DUIs for Minors

In the state of Illinois, if you’re under the age of 21, any amount of alcohol in your bloodstream can be grounds for conviction of DUI. There’s a “zero tolerance” policy here for minors.

Can You Refuse a Chemical Test?

In Illinois, we have what’s known as an implied consent law. That means when you drive, you’re giving law enforcement officers your consent to test you for alcohol if they feel it’s necessary.

You can refuse to take a chemical test in the state of Illinois, but you need to know that the first time you do so, you’ll face a 1-year license suspension. If you refuse a second time (during a separate offense), you’re facing 3 years without your license; each subsequent time is another three years. You’ll also be ordered to pay mandatory fines for your refusal.

Were You Pulled Over for DUI?

If you were pulled over for DUI, even if you weren’t drinking or you were under the legal limit, it may be in your best interest to talk to a Chicago DUI attorney who understands Illinois law.

Call us at 847-920-4540 or get in touch with us online for a free case evaluation. The consequences of DUI are extremely serious, and we may be able to help you.


Monday, September 7, 2015

What You Need to Know About DUI in Chicago

If a police officer suspects you of driving while you're under the influence of alcohol in Chicago or the surrounding communities, you could be in danger of spending time behind bars.

What Happens First in the DUI Process?

In Chicago, a police officer can pull you over if he or she suspects that you've been drinking and driving. The officer may ask you to perform a field sobriety test, which could include walking in a straight line or performing a number of tasks that may be difficult for someone who is under the influence to do.

The police officer can also ask you to take a breath test to measure the concentration of alcohol in your blood. 

As a driver, you have the right to refuse both the field sobriety test and the breath test.

If the breath test reveals that your blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, is 0.08 or greater, the  state can officially charge you with a DUI offense.

What Happens After a DUI Arrest?

You'll most likely be arrested and taken to jail if a police officer has reason to believe that you were drinking and driving. In most cases, people suspected of DUI are released on bond and given a court date. You'll also be notified that your license will be suspended (if it's your first offense, your license will be suspended for at least 6 months; however, if you refused the breath test at the scene, it could be suspended for a year).

Going to Court for DUI Charges

You'll have to appear in court on the date you're scheduled to be there. You'll have a chance to enter your plea at your arraignment, which will be "guilty" or "not guilty."

Your lawyer will be able to argue your case based on the evidence he has. In order to determine the best strategy for you, your attorney will probably examine police records, listen to your side of the story, and possibly even talk to witnesses who were with you before or during the alleged incident.

If the court finds you guilty, you'll be sentenced at a separate hearing. If the court finds you not guilty, you'll be released and your case will end at that point. (However, the DUI arrest may remain on your record, so it's best to talk to your attorney about getting it cleared.)

The Consequences of DUI Convictions in Illinois

If you're convicted of DUI in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, you could be sentenced to jail time, required to use an ignition interlock device or serve time doing community service.

Because no two cases are the same, it's usually best to talk to a DUI lawyer in Chicago who understands the system and who can explain the penalties you may be facing if the state convicts you.

 

 

 


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