Overview of DUI Charges in IL
Experienced Defense from a Chicago DUI Lawyer
Have you been arrested for driving under the influence in Chicago? Understanding
more about DUI charges in this area is important. By
contacting my firm, I can offer you information and guidance based upon your particular case.
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When You May Be Charged With DUI
Chicago considers someone driving under the influence (DUI) when they have
a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher. If you are under the
age of 21, any detectable amount of alcohol in your blood stream can be
considered to be driving under the influence. Facing these charges can
lead to serious consequences for you, so it is advisable to contact a
defense attorney immediately after your arrest.
- A DUI case can begin with your initial stop. The police officer must have
probable cause to pull you over in the first place, such as seeing you
weaving or speeding.
Once you have been pulled over, the officer will normally ask you to step
out of your car and take a
field sobriety test.
- If the officers determines from the test results that there is a good probability
you are DUI, he will take you into the station and have you tested more
fully there with a blood or breath test. Your car will be impounded during
blood or breath test shows your BAC over the legal limit, you will be booked for DUI and
your license suspended. Even if your BAC was not over the legal limit
but you obviously were impaired and not driving safely, you can still
Types of DUI Charges
According to the Illinois State Police website, there are many different
types of DUI-related charges that a driver may face. Some of these include:
DUI – driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs with a blood alcohol
concentration of .08% or greater or while one's abilities are impaired
by alcohol or a controlled substance
Aggravated DUI – DUI involving a collision that causes great bodily harm or disfigurement
Knowingly permitting another driver to drive under the influence of alcohol or
- Refusing a chemical test after a DUI arrest
Underage DUI – driver under the age of 21 operating a motor vehicle with a blood
alcohol concentration of .02% or greater
Commercial DUI – driving under the influence committed by a commercial driver
If you are facing any of the charges listed above, have been arrested or
are dealing with any legal issue related to a drunk driving offense of
any kind, do not wait to involve an attorney who can help. The consequences
of any of these particular offenses may be great, resulting in imprisonment,
license suspension and more.
Additional Factors in DUI Sentencing
There are other factors that can affect your charges, such as:
- driving a commercial vehicle, which carries a .04% legal limit
- being under age 21
- driving with children under the age of 16
It is vital to take these charges seriously and don't just plead guilty,
as the conviction can affect your future for years to come. In addition
to the loss of your license, you may have difficulty obtaining certain
types of employment and your insurance rates can skyrocket. By contacting
the Law Offices of Mitch Furman, you have an opportunity to get your charges
reduced, or even dismissed, depending on the circumstances of your arrest.
Need an attorney for a DUI in Chicago?
It is possible to fight your drinking driving charges if you have a skilled
lawyer at your side to represent your side of the story while protecting
your legal rights. Because I have extensive experience, resources and
am fully committed to my clients, I am confident in my ability to provide
you with the legal representation that you deserve in this important situation.
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