Every year, thousands of individuals in Chicago are arrested and charged
with drinking and driving. While this charge is fairly common, it can
lead to serious penalties affecting your relationships, your career, and
even your ability to drive. It is imperative that you make the most of
your case every step of the way. Be sure to avoid the following mistakes
people make in
Failing to Plan Ahead
The most significant factor in any DUI case is a person’s decision
to operate a vehicle after having consumed alcohol. For most people, this
can be avoided simply by planning ahead. If you know you are going to
consume alcohol at a social event, you should always make plans: get a
designated driver, call a friend, or use a transportation service such
Lyft. Making a conscious effort to act in advance will allow you more
freedom to enjoy yourself without risking a DUI.
Refusing to Take a Chemical Test
Chemical tests fall under an aspect of law called “implied consent.” As the
name suggests, getting arrested for DUI is enough to indicate “consent”
for a chemical test. Refusal to take a test can and will be punished with
license suspension. No matter the circumstances surrounding your arrest,
you should always take a chemical test. These results are often successfully
challenged in court with the help of experienced legal representation.
Ignoring the Summary Suspension Hearing
Everyone who has been charged with drinking and driving has the option
to attend a Summary Suspension Hearing within 46 days of their arrest.
This hearing serves as your first chance to protect your license—and
also the first chance to lose it. Many people, not realizing the importance
of the hearing, pass up on it under the assumption that they cannot win
their case. You should never assume a case is hopeless or pass up on the
chance to begin your defense, especially with your license at stake.
Automatically Pleading Guilty
Many people plead guilty because they think their case is hopeless. Even
if your test results showed a blood alcohol content far above the legal
limit, don’t give up hope! You may yet be able to challenge the
evidence associated with your charges.
Charges are often changed or dropped on various grounds, including:
- Faulty testing equipment
- Wrongful arrest
- Inaccurate test results
- Contradictory testimony or evidence
Waiting to Hire an Attorney
Finally, these and other mistakes can often be avoided with the help of
a Chicago DUI lawyer. An experienced litigator is one of the most valuable
assets you can bring against drinking and driving charges. With years
of experience in criminal defense, a legal representative can review your
case, compile valuable evidence, and apply a defense strategy designed
to help you obtain a positive outcome. By waiting to contact an eligible
attorney, you limit the time they can spend working toward a strong defense
and ultimately reduce your chances of a favorable result.
Why wait? Call now for a free evaluation!
Have you been charged with driving under the influence in Chicago? My firm,
the Law Offices of Mitch Furman, offers clients the one-on-one service
they need when facing a DUI claim. As an attorney with a Lead Counsel
Rating in Drunk Driving Defense, I work with an unyielding commitment
to my clients’ success.
Contact my firm today to learn more about your options in a drinking and driving case.