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The Importance of Hiring a Skilled Attorney in Your DUI Case With more than 20,000 DUI arrests made throughout the state of Illinois each year, it is easy to say that law enforcement personnel are constantly looking for inebriated drivers. With the shocking number of DUI arrests made each year, it is important to understand that a DUI charge is not simply a minor traffic violation. A DUI conviction can compromise one’s ability to legally operate a vehicle, can lead to significant fines, and in some cases even lead to jail time. Below, we will examine some of the ways in which a knowledgeable attorney can assist you throughout your DUI case. If you or a loved one have been charged with a DUI, you need to hire an attorney that you can believe in. 

A Charge Does Not Have to Result in a Conviction 

When charged with driving under the influence, many people falsely believe that a conviction is inevitable. In reality, there are a number of defense strategies a quality attorney can utilize to avoid a conviction or diminish the charges that their client is facing. First and foremost, if you declined to take part in chemical testing, your attorney should have a good chance of developing a defense that will avoid a conviction altogether. If you did submit to chemical testing, there are cases in which police oversight or negligence can lead to charges being dropped. In other cases, false signs of inebriation such as allergies or medical conditions can lead to an incorrect diagnosis of intoxication. Speaking openly and honestly with your attorney can be immensely helpful throughout the legal process. 

Regaining Your Driving Privileges 

Even if a conviction is unavoidable, an attorney can continue to assist you through helping you regain your driving privileges. If convicted of a DUI, you will be facing a one-year license revocation period. Fortunately, you will likely be eligible to obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). A compassionate attorney will walk you through the necessary steps you have to take to obtain an MDDP, such as equipping your vehicle with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) and taking part in rehabilitation courses. A truly dedicated attorney will stand by you through every step of your legal process. 

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The Impact of a DUI Charge as a Minor In the state of Illinois, police officers are constantly on the lookout for inebriated drivers. As a result, more than 20,000 Illinoisans were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol throughout 2018 alone. The impact of a DUI can be staggering considering the potential loss of income, significant fines, rise in insurance rates, and mark on one’s criminal record. For a minor, the ramifications of a DUI conviction can be life-changing. If your child has been charged with driving under the influence, it is time to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney. 

Ramifications of a Criminal Charge

A DUI conviction is a Class A misdemeanor charge in Illinois. If aggravating factors are present during a crash or arrest, the offender could face felony charges. It should also be noted that a DUI conviction cannot be expunged from a person’s criminal record. If a minor is convicted of a charge of this magnitude, they can face increased difficulties securing advanced education and employment opportunities. The importance of ensuring that your child is represented by a skilled defense attorney cannot be overstated. 

Loss of Driving Privileges

Unsurprisingly, minors face tougher penalties after being convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Most notably, a minor will face a two-year license revocation if they are convicted of a DUI. Illinois’ Zero Tolerance Law states that if a minor is found with traces of alcohol in their system while driving, they will face a license suspension. If the driver refuses chemical testing during the traffic stop, they will face an automatic license suspension. It should be noted that a minor will not automatically regain their driving privileges at the conclusion of the suspension. If a person has their license suspended prior to the age of 21, they will be forced to enroll in a driver remedial education course prior to regaining their driving privileges. 

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DuPage County criminal defense attorneysIf you or a loved one are stopped for a traffic violation and suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol (or for any other criminal offense), you will have several opportunities to make it either easier or more difficult for the police to gather evidence and the District Attorney to nail you with a “guilty” verdict. Remember, the goal of the police is to find evidence of your guilt.

Here are some tips to protect yourself against common police tactics related to vehicle searches, which are purposely employed to intimidate, mislead, or lure you into self-incrimination.

If Police Ask to Search Your Car Without Probable Cause, You Can Refuse

If you are stopped on a traffic violation, that does not give the police an automatic right to search your car.

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerIn Illinois, if a driver’s blood-alcohol content (BAC) measures .08 or higher, they are automatically deemed guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol. Under the law, a driver is assumed to be too impaired to drive when their BAC is .08 or higher. However, you should be aware that, under certain circumstances, Illinois drivers can be penalized for drinking and driving with a BAC below .08.

Four Ways You Can Be Penalized for Driving with a BAC Below .08

Scientific studies have shown that alcohol begins to affects your judgment and reaction time starting from the first drink, well before your BAC reaches the .08 level. Therefore, some types of drivers are held to a stricter standard for highway safety reasons. Illinois law defines four ways you can be charged with DUI or otherwise penalized for driving with even a very low level of alcohol in your system.

While driving a personal vehicle, you could be charged with DUI if your BAC tests higher than .05 but less than .08. However, in this situation, in order for you to actually be convicted of DUI, the police must present other convincing evidence that you were actually too impaired to drive safely. The arresting officer would have to testify, for example, that you were driving erratically, failed field sobriety tests, and/or admitted to consuming other types of intoxicants in addition to alcohol.

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