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The Benefits of Cooperating During a DUI Traffic Stop 

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The Benefits of Cooperating During a DUI Traffic Stop When a person is pulled over at night, it is common to feel a little panicked. Tensions can be escalated when a police officer asks whether or not you have been drinking. While many people are told that it is always best to deny that you have been drinking regardless of your alcohol consumption and refuse all chemical testing, we will examine some of the benefits of open cooperation with the law enforcement official. In the event that you are charged with driving under the influence, seek out the assistance of a legal professional immediately. 

Why Cooperation Can Help 

First and foremost, it is important to understand the ramifications of denying chemical testing. Many people carry a common misconception that if they simply do not blow, they will not face consequences. That assertion is incorrect. Yes, refusing chemical testing is not grounds for a DUI charge, but you will lose your driving privileges. In Illinois, a first-time chemical test refusal will result in a 12-month license suspension. A subsequent refusal to take part in chemical testing within a five year period of the first refusal will result in a license suspension of three years. 

Cooperating with an officer can also be critical in the event that you are charged with driving under the influence. If an officer testifies that you were friendly, cooperative, and polite, you may be looking at a less significant charge. In some cases, an officer may display signs of aggression towards a person that refuses to cooperate, leading to a drawn-out court process. Lastly, if you have not been drinking, your best option may be to cooperate, take a breath test if requested, and move forward. 

Contact a DuPage County DUI Defense Lawyer

At McMahon Law Offices, we are prepared to defend our clients aggressively and diligently throughout the legal process. Over the years, we have assisted hundreds of clients throughout the DUI defense process and have helped countless clients avoid a conviction altogether. A DUI conviction should not be taken lightly. It is a serious criminal act that will remain on your permanent record. A conviction can impact one’s ability to secure employment or housing opportunities. All that being said, hiring the right attorney for you can be the most important decision of your life. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a skilled Oak Brook DUI defense attorney, call us today at 630-953-4400. 

Sources

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

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