Being arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious matter. Even as a first time offender a DUI can result in jail time, the indefinite loss of driving privileges, a conviction and/or the forfeiture of one’s vehicle. That is why contacting an experienced DUI defense attorney who understands the law and the complexities of defending a DUI case is crucial.
In Illinois, a driver is considered legally impaired if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is greater than .08. If an officer has reason to believe that a driver is impaired, that driver will be asked to submit to a series of standardized field sobriety tests and, possibly, breath or other chemical testing. While a driver is not obligated to submit to such testing if asked, it is important that every driver understands the significant and dissimilar consequences for refusing and failing breath or other chemical testing. A DUI offender who submits to, but fails breath or chemical testing will receive at a minimum, a six month suspension of their driving privileges. Conversely, an individual’s driving privileges will be summarily suspended for at least one year, if that person refuses to submit to breath or chemical testing.
In addition to the loss of driving privileges, a DUI is at minimum a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine of $2,500.00. If aggravating factors are present at the time of arrest (e.g.: the lack of a valid driver’s license; a 3rd or subsequent DUI offense; an accident causing death or bodily harm) a driver can and will be charged with a felony, which may entail a sentence of one year or more in prison.
If you are facing any of these substantial consequences as result of a DUI arrest, it is vital to have a knowledgeable, experienced, and aggressive DUI defense attorney to secure the best possible result in your case. The attorneys at Lytle & Milan have vast experience defending individuals charged with DUI offenses in the Cook County Courthouses located in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview, and Markham, as well as individuals charged with DUI offenses in DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, Dekalb, & McHenry Counties. Contact an experienced DUI attorney at Lytle & Milan today for your free consultation.