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Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is a very serious matter that requires immediate handling. If arrested, you are at risk of losing your license, and possibly even going to jail. Law enforcement officers in Illinois areas are continually watching out for erratic behavior on the part of drivers. If they observe erratic driving or are called to a scene of an accident, they have the right to detain you to determine whether or not you are driving under the influence. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds .08% in Illinois, you are considered to be driving under the influence. Because individuals with a BAC over that limit normally have impaired functions and can lose concentration and alertness while driving, this limit was established to protect the public from drunk drivers who pose a threat of injuring themselves or others.. If you have been charged with drunk driving, it is essential you obtain the services of an experienced DUI Attorney in Cook County to represent you against these charges.

Because of the severity of possible consequences from drunk driving, Illinois State laws provide harsh penalties for violators. These penalties may include supervision, probation, jail time and steep fines, as well as suspension/revocation of your driver's license. There is a set procedure law enforcement follows when stopping you for suspected drunk driving, which includes field sobriety testing. You are also offered a breathalyzer test at the police station, which will measure your BAC exactly. Refusing a BAC test can result in a summary suspension of your license . A BAC result over .08 also can lead to a summary suspension.

You should seek legal representation immediately after being arrested for DUI, as there are critical time limits that need to be followed in order to challenge a summary suspension in Court. In addition, police reports and DUI field reports are generally not available to your attorney prior to your first Court Appearance Date. It is important to start the process of preparing your defense as quickly as possible.

All DUI offenders face the possibility of defending a Felony DUI, which upon conviction carries possible prison time and revocation of your driver's license. Even first offenders in certain situations can be charged with a Felony DUI in Illinois.

If you are like most people facing a DUI charge, you are frightened and confused by the process that lies ahead of you. You are concerned not only about your freedom, but also your reputation, job, and the financial consequences of being arrested and charged with a crime. The stakes are high and you need experienced counsel to represent your interests at every step in this difficult process.

DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF BELIEVING YOU CAN HANDLE YOUR DUI CASE BY YOURSELF. This is not a traffic ticket; it is a serious criminal charge that has many possible outcomes. Choosing the right attorney is vital. Call today for a FREE CONSULTATION.