When faced with criminal charges, the thought of conviction, imprisonment, or even a criminal record can be emotionally draining. Confusion about how the legal process works, what to expect and how your case will turn out are foremost on your mind. Whether it is a simple speeding ticket or more serious felony charges, working with a criminal defense firm who has years of experience is vital to you having your rights fully protected.
The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees individuals the right to due process when charged with a crime by the government. The rules of criminal procedure protect individuals from a loss of liberty or civil rights, and fines during their pending case. Failure to follow the rules can result in a dismissal of the charges or a reversal of an already adjudicated conviction.
If you have found yourself involved in a criminal matter we provide representation for felonies, misdemeanors, DUIs, traffic offenses, and suspended or revoked licenses.
What is a DUI?
In Illinois, DUI is defined as “driving under the influence” and includes operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication on Illinois roads.
What are the Illinois DUI limits?
In Illinois, your DUI status depends on your license and age. Drivers under the age of 21 are considered DUI if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeding 0.00%. Commercial driver’s licenses are DUI if they exceed 0.04%, and other drivers are DUI if their BAC is 0.08% or over. However, an Illinois officer may arrest you for DUI if your blood alcohol content is 0.04% or more. BACs of 0.16 or more face especially high penalties in Illinois.
I was just arrested for a DUI. Does that mean I will lose my driver’s license?
In most DUI arrests in Illinois, an automatic suspension starts 46 days after the officer gives you a “Notice of Summary Suspension”. A suspension is basically temporary, but you only have 90 days from the date of notice to file a petition to contest it. However, if convicted of DUI, the Secretary of State of Illinois may revoke your driving privileges. Restoration of your driver’s license after revocation is not as simple as ending a suspension, which simply requires payment of a fee. In some cases, revocation can be permanent with no relief available.
What are the consequences of a DUI?
DUI penalties vary from potential jail time to heavy penalties and fines, community service, driver education, drug testing, license and registration revocation, and loss of driving privileges. However, these penalties depend on the severity of the offense and the driver’s history of past DUIs.
What is aggravated DUI?
Aggravated DUI is a DUI combined with another offense, such as transporting a minor while under the influence, driving without a license, exceeding the speed limit, causing another person bodily harm, or leaving the scene of an accident. The penalties for aggravated DUI can vary, but are generally more severe than for standard DUI offenses.
Can I be charged with involuntary manslaughter?
Yes. If you are involved in a fatal car crash while driving under the influence, you can be charged with involuntary manslaughter (causing someone’s death unintentionally). This offense can increase your DUI penalties in Illinois.
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