If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Illinois, you’re likely to face one or more of the following criminal consequences: potential jail time, a reduced DUI charge, loss of your driving privileges, or even a full case dismissal. At Naperville DUI Lawyer, our skilled DuPage County DUI criminal defense attorneys have defended thousands of DUI cases, and strive to seek outcomes that will avoid serious collateral consequences that may cause increased financial responsibility, educational impacts, job loss, and embarrassment. Our criminal defense team will help you maintain a clean driving record.
If you’re looking for an experienced attorney to help you with your DUI case in Naperville, contact our criminal defense firm today at (630) 425-0250 to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation.
There are many potential outcomes in any intoxicated driving case in Illinois, including.
Because of the negative outcome, a DUI arrest and/or DUI conviction can have, it's imperative that a DUI offender in Illinois immediately hires a defense attorney with experience in DUI matters. Often, a skilled Chicago DUI lawyer can substantially reduce the effect that a drunk driving charge can have on your life. Hiring the right DUI criminal defense attorney is worth it because experienced lawyers can protect your rights, criminal record, freedom, and future. The experienced DUI criminal defense lawyers that make up our litigation team are committed to defending DUI offenders accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They have extensive experience and resources needed to defend against your DUI criminal charges successfully.
Related: How Much Does a DUI Lawyer Cost?
In Illinois, a first-time drunk driving conviction is a class A misdemeanor offense, which carries harsher penalties, including:
A first DUI offender may face the following fines after a first-time DUI conviction:
A first-time DUI offender also may be subject to hours of community service for the first DUI conviction in the following circumstances:
Apart from the statutory summary suspension listed above, a DUI offender convicted of intoxicated driving for the first time is subject to a one-year license suspension. Any time their driver's license was administratively suspended may be credited towards the one-year driver's license suspension period.
The DUI offender can also apply for a restricted driving permit (RDP) or hardship license to drive to medical appointments, school, work, and/or alcohol/drug treatment. Sometimes, a DUI offender with an RDP can drive minors, the elderly, and disabled persons. If your license has been suspended because of a first drunk driving conviction and you’re subject to a statutory summary suspension, you must install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) in your motor vehicle for the duration of the restricted driving permit.
Further, all drunk drivers facing DUI charges must complete an alcohol or drug evaluation program to determine if they have a substance abuse problem. If a DUI offender has a substance abuse problem, they must undergo alcohol and drug treatment in a recommended substance abuse program.
Many DUI offenders face employment consequences, especially if they’re convicted of a DUI criminal offense. A typical employment issue stemming from a DUI relates to restrictions on your driving privileges. If you have a job that requires driving, especially if you’re a commercial driver, a DUI conviction is a serious issue. However, even if you aren’t required to drive on the job, getting to qualify for job interviews can become challenging.
The negative impact of driving on your employment is much more than the issue you may face. For instance, your professional reputation might be at risk. Whether it’s at your current workplace, or on a job hunt, you might need to disclose a DUI conviction, depending on the criteria used by a current or potential employer. This could significantly limit your ability to get or maintain a working position.
DUI offenders charged and convicted with DUI charges rarely appreciate the negative impact a DUI can have on their personal relationships. A drunk driving charge, let alone a DUI conviction, can negatively impact your relationship with your family and your significant other.
Further, after a driving under the influence charge and conviction, your automobile insurance may be canceled. You definitely will see an increase in auto insurance premium rates. If your auto insurance coverage is canceled, you may have a challenging time finding replacement auto insurance coverage. A new insurance policy will probably come with higher premiums. That’s because insurance companies view you as a risk and they believe you’re likely to get involved in a motor vehicle accident.
If you have been charged with a DUI in DuPage County, Will County, Kane County, Kendall County, Cook County, Lake County, or anywhere in Illinois, please reach out to our skilled criminal defense attorneys today.
The Illinois DUI defense lawyers at our firm understand the severity of DUI charges, and our legal team is dedicated to protecting the freedoms, rights, and futures of clients who reach out to our law firm for help. It’s imperative to note that the criminal penalties at stake are extremely serious–especially if this is a subsequent DUI arrest or other aggravating factors are present.
Thus, we encourage you to discuss your DUI case with our criminal defense representation team as soon as possible after a DUI arrest. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact our experienced drunk driving lawyers today at (630) 425-0250.