If you’re arrested for driving under the influence, or DUI, in Chicago or the surrounding communities, don’t panic. Get in touch with a Chicago DUI lawyer right away – your attorney can help preserve your rights and, if possible, challenge evidence that the prosecution has against you.
What to Do if You’re Arrested for DUI in Chicago
Police have been known to set up sobriety checkpoints around Chicago, and during the holidays, they’re actively looking for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The police are legally allowed to pull you over if they suspect that you’ve been drinking and driving (or that you’ve been using drugs and driving). They can ask you to step out of your car and take a field sobriety test or to take a breath test that’s supposed to measure the amount of alcohol in your system.
If police take you to jail, they’ll allow you to make a phone call. You should use that call to get in touch with a DUI attorney who will be able to give you case-specific legal advice about what to do next.
Don’t offer information or an explanation of your innocence until you’ve talked to your lawyer. You have the right to have your attorney present with you during questioning, so use it – your lawyer can tell you when you don’t have to answer questions or when investigators are overstepping their bounds.
Your lawyer will also be there to answer your questions about what happens next, when you’ll have to appear in court, and what’s likely to happen with the evidence the prosecution has. While no attorney can guarantee a certain outcome on any case, your lawyer will be able to tell you what he’s seen happen in similar situations in the past.
Do You Need to Talk to a DUI Lawyer in Chicago?
If you’ve been accused of DUI in Chicago, Skokie or Rolling Meadows, we may be able to help you.
Call us at 847-920-4540 today, or get in touch with us online for a free DUI case review. (You’re also welcome to call about a loved one who’s in jail for DUI. We’re always here to help.)