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Work With An Experienced DUI Defense Team

If you’ve been arrested for a driving under the influence (DUI) offense in Illinois, your driver’s license is in the process of being suspended. It’s crucial to contact an attorney right away. At Shifrin Law Group, in Chicago, a large part of our practice focuses on traffic and criminal charges. We have the skill and experience to guide you and protect your rights.

Severe Consequences As A DUI Is A Criminal Charge

Being arrested for a DUI can result in a conviction which will be on your permanent driving and criminal record. In order to help fight a DUI arrest, it is important to call an attorney as soon as possible. Our criminal defense team is experienced in handling DUI cases, criminal defense issues and all types of traffic violations. We can help you fight it.

In Illinois, when you are arrested for a DUI, you will be given a notice that your license is suspended. The suspension takes effect 46 days after your arrest. You will also be given a notice of when you must appear in court for your first hearing. It is crucial to contact an attorney immediately after you are arrested for a DUI, and it is even more vital to have an attorney with you during your first court appearance.

The DUI Court Proceedings

During your first court appearance, your attorney will request a copy of all discovery materials from your DUI arrest. This includes the police report, your alcohol and drug influence report, the warning to motorist, a copy of your ticket and footage from your arrest. All Chicago police officers are required by law to wear body worn cameras during interactions with suspects, and all Illinois State Police vehicles are required to have squad car cameras.

Additionally, your attorney may also submit a petition to the court requesting that the defendant’s driver’s license suspension be rescinded. This is called a Petition to Rescind the Statutory Summary Suspension.

An attorney only has 90 days to file this petition, so it is crucial you contact an attorney immediately after your DUI arrest. When this petition is filed, the court must hear the matter within 30 days of filing. If the court grants your petition, you will still be able to drive while you fight your DUI charge.

Being accused of driving under the influence (DUI) can be an incredibly stressful experience. You may be at risk of losing your license, paying large fines, harming your relationships and your career or even spending time in jail. We know the law, we know the local courts, and we know how to help our clients reach favorable outcomes.

Get Answers To Your Questions

If you have been arrested for DUI, you need to talk to an experienced attorney right away. Our team can answer the following questions and guide you through the complex DUI court system:

  • What if someone was injured in an incident and I was driving?
  • What options do I have if this is not my first driving under the influence offense?
  • How much will it cost me to resolve this problem?
  • What penalties do I face?
  • Am I going to jail?
  • Exactly what will happen when I go to court?
  • Is it possible to get my license back?
  • What if I disagree with the test results?

If you have these or any other questions regarding your DUI arrest, contact us immediately and our experienced attorneys will provide you with a free consultation.

Visit our blog post on what to expect when charged with a DUI for more information on DUIs in Illinois, including court proceedings, what consequences you are facing based on your history and the results of a chemical test, and FAQs specific to DUIs.

Aggravated DUI Charges

In Illinois, a DUI offense is typically a misdemeanor offense. However, a DUI will become an aggravated DUI, a felony offense, if any one of the following circumstances apply:

  • This is your third or subsequent DUI offense
  • The DUI resulted in a car accident which caused death or bodily injury
  • If you did not have valid driving privileges at the time of the DUI
  • The DUI resulted in a car accident with injuries in a school zone
  • The DUI occurred while operating a school bus with children on board
  • The DUI resulted in bodily harm to a child under 16 years of age

If you are arrested for a DUI in Illinois and one of these circumstances apply, you will be facing more severe consequences. It is important you contact an experienced attorney in order to have the best possible outcome.

Reach Out To Our DUI Defense Team Today For A Fast Response

Contact our team immediately and our experienced attorneys will provide you with a free consultation. Because our founding attorney speaks fluent Russian, we can provide service to you in the English or Russian language. Call 312-766-4223 or connect online by using our request form.