DUI Information

Chicago DUI Information

DUI information, necessary steps to take when charged with DUI in Chicago, IL:

Court: Arraignment

DUI InformationAn arraignment is your first court appearance that will occur a few days after you were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal substance. During the arraignment a judge will read you your charges and state your rights and you will get an opportunity to make your plea.

In addition, if at the time of the arrest your BAC was .08% and higher the judge will suspend your driver’s license. At this point, having a qualified and experience legal representation can be essential.

Going through this process could be very confusing and overwhelming for you. Not to worry, Chicago DUI Lawyer is there for you. Our DUI attorney will accompany you to your arraignment and will make sure you understand your charges and your rights; he will help you to decide your plea and will make sure your rights are protected through the process. Chicago DUI Lawyer will help you keep your driver’s license for the time of the conviction process and will stay by your side. We are seasoned specialists in DUI Defense and handle complicated cases such as DUI Accidents, DUI With Injury, Underage DUI, Hit & Run DUI, Out-of-State DUI as well as Multiple DUI Charges. You can also read helpful information about DUI Evidence and License Suspension.

Secretary Of State: Refusal Hearing

If at the time of your arrest you refused to submit to breathalyzer or blood test you will have to attend a Secretary Of State refusal hearing. If at the Secretary Of State refusal hearing you will be found guilty of refusing to submit to testing your driver’s license will be suspended for a year. Keep in mind, the Secretary Of State Refusal Hearing is a completely separate issue and has nothing to do with criminal court and your DUI charges.

Of course, having an experienced attorney at the Secretary Of State Refusal Hearing is highly beneficial for your case. Chicago DUI Lawyer will go above and beyond in helping you challenge the revocation of your driver’s license. To find out more about how you can keep your license please refer to our Chicago DUI blog.

Possible DUI Penalties:

If at the time of the arrest your Blood Alcohol Content was between .05% and .07% you will be charged with Wet Reckless and will most likely be facing following consequences:

First Offence:

  • Financial punishment in a way of fines between $300 and $500
  • Up to 15 days of jail
  • Suspension of driver’s license for 90 days (one year if an offender is younger than 21 years old)

Second Offence within 5 years:

  • Financial punishment in a way of fines between $500 and $750
  • Up to 30 days of jail
  • Suspension of driver’s license for over than 6 months

Third Offence within 5 years:

  • Financial punishment in a way of fines between $750 and $1,000
  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • Suspension of driver’s license for over 6 months

If at the time of the arrest your Blood Alcohol Content was .08% or higher you will be charged with a DUI and will most likely be facing following consequences:

First Offence:

  • Financial punishment in a way of fines between $500 and $1,000
  • Up to a year in jail
  • Suspension of driver’s license for over 6 months (a least a year if under 21 years old)

Second Offence within 10 years:

  • Financial punishment in a way of fines between $1,000 and $5,000
  • Up to 4 years in jail
  • Suspension of driver’s license for over a year (minimum a year or until 21st birthday if the offender is under 21 years old)

Third Offence within 10 years:

  • Financial punishment in a way of fines between $2,000 and $10,000
  • Up to 7 years in jail
  • Suspension of driver’s license over a year (minimum a year or until 21st birthday if the offender is under 21 years old)

If at the time of the arrest your Blood Alcohol Content was .18% or higher you will be charged with aggravated DUI and will most likely be facing following consequences:

First Offence:

  • Financial punishment in a way of fines between $1,000 and $2,500
  • Up to a year in jail
  • Suspension of driver’s license for over a year

Second Offence within 10 years:

  • Financial punishment in a way of fines between $1,000 and $5,000
  • Up to 4 years in jail
  • Suspension of driver’s license for over 18 month (or until 21st birthday or whichever is longer if the offender is under 21 years old)

Third Offence within 10 years:

  • Financial punishment in a way of fines between $2,000 and $10,000
  • Up to 7 years in jail
  • Suspension of driver’s license for over 18 months (or until 21st birthday or whichever is longer if the offender is under 21 years old)

In most cases all the above is accompanied with court supervision.

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