DUI & Criminal Defense in Cook County
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime that can have deadly consequences on our roads both to the intoxicated driver and to others. So Illinois law has set serious penalties for those who drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. – and you need an experienced Chicago DUI Lawyer on your side.
It’s very common for those who go out with friends or enjoy a few drinks at the office party to take to the roads afterward to drive themselves home. You might not feel drunk, but your blood alcohol level may still exceed the legal limit of .08% blood alcohol concentration. Being pulled over and then arrested for DUI in Illinois will no doubt be disconcerting. The arrest could also have lasting consequences on your life and future prospects. It is important that you have a Chicago criminal defense lawyer fighting for you rights.
To minimize the effects of the incident and your arrest on your future, you should contact a dedicated lawyer from our firm right away. We could employ our knowledge and skill as a DUI Attorney on your behalf so that you might retain your driver’s license, freedom, and reputation.
Chicago DUI Charges and Consequences
DUI is the criminal offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Prosecutors might use the results of various tests like a field sobriety test, a Breathalyzer tests, or a blood sample to try and prove that you were driving while impaired by a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of .08%. A DUI conviction could result in severe penalties to the charged driver. Possible consequences include:
- Mandatory suspension of your driver’s license
- Heavy monetary fines,
- Prison time,
- Alcohol and/or drug counseling programs,
- Community service hours,
- Loss of your job,
- Loss of your reputation,
- Higher insurance rates, and
- A conviction record that could result in difficulty obtaining jobs, loans, health insurance, and other benefits.
With each subsequent DUI conviction, the potential penalties you face become harsher. Don’t let your future end in a wreck. Contact a qualified and dedicated Chicago criminal attorney to defend you when you’re facing DUI charges in Cook County.
You Might Have Available Defenses for Your DUI Charge
But all is not lost simply because you have been arrested on a DUI charge. In many cases, an experienced lawyer that knows how to examine your charges can pinpoint law enforcement misconduct, rights violations, testing irregularities, and other variables that could provide effective defenses to the charge against you and help you to avoid conviction on the charge. Among the defenses that attorney finds available to clients are these:
- Driver Not Drunk
- Not Driver of Vehicle
- No Probable Cause to Stop Vehicle
- Alcohol Consumption after Accident
- BAC Rising
- Objective Signs of Alcohol Intoxication
- Divided Attention Testing
- Alcohol Absorption and Elimination
- Factors Affecting Alcohol Absorption
- Estimating Peak Alcohol Concentration
- Increased Alcohol Tolerance
- Variables in Evaluating Alcohol Effects
- Dealing with DUI Officer
You can read the web pages relating to each of these defenses to learn more detailed information that might apply to your case. But only a lawyer with practical knowledge and skill in the conduct and procedures of DUI cases in Cook County could help you understand whether the defenses actually apply to the specific facts and circumstance of your case.
Contact a Chicago DUI lawyer for aggressive defense!
Whether you’re facing your first DUI charge or a subsequent charge, Chicago DUI Attorney Michael P. Schmiege has the practical experience and in-depth legal knowledge to help you fight the accusations against you. He knows the courts, the judges, and the legal process that affect your case and future. He could help you find the correct strategy to fit the specific circumstances of your charge so that you could obtain the best outcome for your case.
We understand the weaknesses in blood tests, Breathalyzer tests, and field sobriety tests and knows the right way to challenge them in court on your behalf. He could help you avoid having to pay for a court-ordered IID (ignition interlock device) if this is not your first DUI offense. Without a knowledgeable lawyer on your side, your chances of successfully challenging the charge against you are minimal.
Contact Chicago DUI lawyer Michael P. Schmiege today to obtain a free legal consultation regarding your case and get the counsel you need to make informed decisions regarding how to fight the charges against you.