Shiloh, IL DUI Lawyers

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, you are probably unsure about what to do next. We recognize that you are likely experiencing fear and anxiety in response to a DUI arrest. A DUI charge can carry consequences for years to come, including loss of employment, loss of license, loss of insurance, higher insurance rates and potential loss of personal freedom. The best thing to do as soon as possible is to contact our Shiloh DUI lawyer to assist in helping you fight the charges against you.

Don’t wait! Your driver’s license may be suspended if you wait too long. If you have been charged with driving under the influence with an elevated blood alcohol content (BAC), your license could be suspended for up to six months. If you refuse to take a breathalyzer test, your license could be suspended for one year within 30 days of your arrest. We are ready to go to work for you! So do not waste another minute; call our Shiloh DUI lawyer today to schedule a consultation right away. We want to work towards protecting your driving privileges and minimizing any negative effects that can have on your personal life and your reputation.

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Range Of Penalties For An Illinois DUI/DWI Conviction 

In Illinois, the penalties for DUI or DWI vary depending on whether the offender is a first time, second time, or third time offender. In addition, the level of intoxication also affects the severity of the penalty. Other aggravating factors such as an accident, a fatality, having a minor in the car, excessive speed, reckless driving, etc. will impact the severity of the penalties.

The following is a general guideline for the range of penalties, taking into consideration all of these factors:

  • Degree: Ranging from misdemeanor to felony
  • Loss of License: Suspension lasting 30 days up to license revocation for 10 years
  • Fines: From $500 all the way up to $5,000
  • Confinement: Potential confinement ranging from six months to four years
  • Completion of Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP)
  • Installation of Ignition Interlock Device (IID): May be optional or mandatory depending on circumstances

If your DUI/DWI charges are currently pending in Illinois, our experienced attorneys will give you the information and advice you need on how to handle the situation. With our wealth of DUI legal knowledge and experience, as well as our familiarity with the court system in Illinois, we can help you understand your legal options and provide you with the best defense for your DUI case.

Common Defenses For DUI/DWI Charges

It is important to keep in mind how much the details matter to fitting a defense to the situation and minimizing or overcoming a DUI charge. The following are some common types of defenses:

Lack of Probable Cause: If the police officer stopped your car without reasonable grounds or probable cause to believe you were driving under the influence, you have the right to challenge the traffic stop.

Imperfect Field Sobriety Tests: Field sobriety tests (walk-and-turn, one leg stand) are subjective, can be affected by numerous variables, and are often inaccurate and unreliable.

Defective Breathalyzer or Blood Test: Breathalyzers and blood tests measure blood alcohol levels, but the testing can be found to be unreliable or improper.  Attacking the testing equipment -and possibly its proper calibration- is one way to defend against a blood or breath test.

Rise in Blood Alcohol: Your [blood-alcohol content] BAC could increase after you stopped driving, since alcohol is absorbed slowly. Your (BAC) could have been below the legal limit if you drank shortly before driving.

Medical Condition or Medication: A medical condition or medication can lead to symptoms such as intoxication. If your field-sobriety test or breathalyzer results were affected by a medical condition or medication, this might be a legal defense.

Miranda Rights Violations: If you were not read your Miranda rights, any statements that you made in the course of your arrest will probably be inadmissible as evidence at your trial.

Trust MRLS For Your Shiloh DUI Defense In Illinois 

At Michael Reid Legal Solutions (MRLS), we don’t believe a mistake should define you for the rest of your life. Everyone is entitled to a second chance and deserves the opportunity to rebuild their lives. We aim to provide you with the support you need, and to vigorously defend you against the charges brought against you. Give our Shiloh DUI lawyer a call today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss the details of your case and get to work building your defense.

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