Arrested for driving under the influence? We can help!

One of the most nerve-wracking experiences you can have when driving is to see those red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. Getting pulled over is an unpleasant experience on its own, but it is even worse when you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). Drunken driving is extremely reckless and causes hundreds of fatalities in Illinois each year. Police officers are quick to arrest anyone that they suspect is intoxicated, but this often leads to wrongful charges. If you’ve been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), C,F,S&G can help.

DUI Penalties in Illinois

The penalty you could receive if convicted on charges of driving under the influence depend on factors including your prior criminal record and whether you are accused of causing an accident:

First-Time DUI

Driver’s license suspension of at least 1 year

  • Up to a full year of jail
  • Fines of up to $2,500

Second DUI

  • Driver’s license revocation of at least 5 years
  • A minimum of 5 days in jail or 240 hours of community service
  • Up to a full year in jail
  • Fines of up to $2,500

Third DUI

  • Driver’s license revocation of at least 10 years
  • Mandatory imprisonment of 18 to 30 months, which may be served periodically
  • Up to 7 years in prison
  • Fines of up to $25,000

DUI Causing an Accident

  • Minimum 1-year driver’s license suspension
  • Mandatory imprisonment of 10 days or 480 hours of community service
  • Up to 12 years in prison
  • Fines of up to $25,000

In addition to the criminal penalties of a DUI conviction, you must also take into account the ramifications that this situation could have on your life. For example, you can expect to be paying significantly higher rates for car insurance over the next several years. Furthermore, a driver’s license suspension could throw your life into disorder, as you are suddenly prohibited from commuting to work, driving your children to and from school and even driving to the grocery store. Don’t take chances with the outcome of this situation.

Defense Against DUI Charges

There are numerous defense strategies that may be available for your DUI case. Police mistakes are common, such as an unlawful police stop or errors in the administration of a field sobriety test or breath test. Each attorney at C,F,S&G knows what police officers can and cannot do when investigating a suspected drunk driver and when making a DUI arrest. We can thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your arrest and can fight the evidence against you in order to reduce your charges or get your case dismissed.

Don’t Wait, Get Help Today

If you are convicted of DUI, your license will be suspended and you will face high fines and possible time in jail. In aggravated cases, such as multiple DUI, DUI with injury or vehicular manslaughter, you might even face a felony conviction. Our attorneys can fight to save your license and your reputation from the consequences of a conviction. We have more than 100 years of combined legal experience, contact one of our attorneys today.