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What is statutory summary suspension?

If you or a loved one is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. At the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege, we are dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation for our clients. We could review your case and the evidence against you in order to get your charges dropped. Talking to a Chicago criminal defense attorney from our firm could be the first step you take in securing your future and freedom.

After being pulled over for suspected drunk driving, the law enforcement officer may ask you to undergo a breath test. If, however, you fail this test, fail to complete the test in full, or refuse to take it at all, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended. This type of license suspension is called a statutory summary suspension. According to the State of Illinois, this suspension does not replace penalties resulting from a criminal charge.

Penalties
For a first offense of failing a chemical test, you could lose driving privileges for six months. A second or subsequent office will result in three years of suspended driving privileges. The penalties for refusing to take a chemical test are twelve months without a license. The suspension for a multiple offense is three years.

Chicago Criminal Attorney

Although these are serious offenses, a Chicago criminal defense attorney has the skill and experience necessary to successfully resolve your case. Losing the ability to drive for any length of time can affect your ability to retain a job and take care of your family.

Failure to complete a field sobriety test that results in DUI conviction will almost always also result in statutory summary suspension of your driver’s license. Therefore, whether it is your first offense or you have received multiple DUIs, it is absolutely crucial that you contact a legal professional to represent your case. Your future could depend on it.

To review your case and legal options, contact a Chicago DUI lawyer from our team. Time is crucial in fighting your statutory summary suspension so call today!

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