Can You Plead Not Guilty to a DUI?

If you are arrested for driving under the influence, is it possible to plead not guilty? What if you’ve taken a field sobriety test, or a breath or blood test? This guide explains your options.

Can You Plead Not Guilty to a DUI?

It is possible to plead not guilty to a DUI. In fact, many Illinois DUI defense attorneys suggest that you plead not guilty instead of guilty. Though every case is different, and what your lawyer recommends may not be the same for you as it would be for someone else, in some cases it’s best to plead not guilty to charges of driving under the influence.

There’s one thing you must understand about DUI charges. The state of Illinois is required by law to prove that you were, beyond a reasonable doubt, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If the state cannot prove that beyond a reasonable doubt, the court cannot convict you. However, if you plead guilty, you’re essentially saying, “You don’t need to prove anything. I did it.”

That’s the way all criminal charges work. The state of Illinois is legally required to prove that the person they are accusing is actually guilty of the crime. This helps prevent innocent people from going to jail.

Are There Times You Should Plead Guilty to DUI?

There may be times that a person should absolutely plead guilty to driving under the influence. However, every case is different, and you should never make a decision on whether to plead guilty or not guilty without consulting a DUI attorney first. Your attorney will evaluate your entire situation, including the circumstances leading up to and following your arrest, before giving you guidance on whether you should plead guilty or not guilty.

Related: What is an MDDP after a drunk driving conviction?

What Can Happen if You’re Found Guilty of DUI?

If you are found guilty of driving under the influence, you’ll lose your driver’s license, and you may spend time in jail or prison. You may also have to pay serious fines. The stakes are high, which is why it’s so important to consult with an attorney regarding your case. Don’t walk into court unprepared. You have the right to legal representation, so use it.

Related: What is a BAIID when you’re convicted of drunk driving?

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