Bollingbrook, Illinois DUI Defense Lawyers
Before you plead guilty or accept a plea agreement, call us.
Getting charged with a DUI can feel like it came out of nowhere, one moment you're out with friends having a good time and the next thing you know you've been pulled over, charged, and are held at the police station overnight. A DUI can have a dramatic and lasting effect on your driving record and day to day life. Even a first offense is a Class A Misdemeanor that can mean time in jail and up to a $2,500 fine.
The good news is, with an effective lawyer on your side, you can fight your DUI charges and work towards minimizing their negative effects. Even if you think you were guilty, the state has the burden of providing evidence proving that you were over the legal limit when you were driving and that the entire process around the pullover, arrest, evidence gathering, storage and measuring were handled correctly.
Are there defenses to DUI Charges?
There are basically two roads we can take to fight your DUI charge and minimize the effect it has on your day to day life. The first is to find a defense and have the key piece of evidence (namely, the test proving your alcohol concentration to be over .08.) thrown out, which basically causes the case against you to unravel. Possible defenses that can lead to having the test thrown out include proving that the police did not have the right to initially pull you over, or that the evidence gathered against you was the result of illegal search and seizure. There have also been defenses raised in recent years questioning the accuracy of the testing devices used by police. There also are some opportunities to bring up defenses related to the handling of evidence after it was tested, in the case of blood or urine samples being used to prove that you were over the legal limit.
The second "road" that we can take is to work with the prosecution to try to make an agreement. For example, there have been cases in the past where DUI charges are dropped and the driver instead agrees to a reckless driving or similar charge. While it is still a moving offense, and it still may have an effect on your insurance premium, the consequences are far less severe than if you are convicted of DUI.
Felony DUI Charges
While the consequences can still be severe, most DUI charges are misdemeanor charges. However, there are cases, due to either repeat DUI violations or other aggravating factors, where a DUI can cause a felony charge. Typically if you have two prior DUI convictions the third DUI will be charged as a felony. Other aggravating factors that can cause even a first DUI arrest to be charged as a felony include:
- Driving a school bus with minor (under 18 years of age) passengers
- Being involved in an accident resulting in bodily harm of another person, reglardless of who was at fault for the accident
- Being arrested in a School Zone
- Being arrested for a DUI while using a suspended or revoked license
- Being arrested for DUI without automobile insurance
How Much does a DUI Lawyer cost in Chicago?
There is a pretty wide range of cost to have a lawyer defend a DUI charge in Illinois. At Giamanco & Ooink, we just need to ask a few simple questions about the circumstances around your DUI arrest and about your previous driving record before we can give you an accurate quote. If you are shopping for a DUI lawyer on price alone, be careful; make sure that the lawyer you hire has experience handling DUI charges in Illinois and is giving you a reasonable expectation of the outcome of your case.
We provide free initial phone consultations for DUI charges where we can help you understand how Illinois Law applies to your situation, let you know how much your defense will cost, what to expect, and give you options to get started working towards the best possible outcome for you.
To learn more about defending yourself or a loved one from a DUI charge call Giamanco & Ooink at 630.679.0930 today.
DUI Arrest? Call For a Free Consultation
If you have been arrested for a DUI in the Chicago metro area, do not wait until the last minute to talk to a DUI defense lawyer. Being prepared for your court date can make a big impact on how your case. Protect your license, freedom and finances by working with the experienced DUI defense lawyers at Giamanco & Ooink in Bolingbrook, Illinois.