DUI/DWI

Illinois DUI Law: Know Your Rights

With Illinois lawmakers and law enforcement agencies cracking down on drunk driving, it is important to stay up to date with driving under the influence (DUI) laws in order to protect your rights. A DUI conviction carries significant penalties and can have a devastating impact on your life. Anytime you are arrested for DUI, it is important to contact the Chicago DUI attorneys at Tower Legal to represent you and make sure that your rights are protected.

Illinois Law

In Illinois it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. It is also illegal to drive while under the influence of illegal drugs, or when impaired by medication or medical marijuana. Implied consent laws also require drivers to submit to chemical testing if arrested for DUI. Though penalties differ depending on the circumstances of the DUI, any conviction will become a permanent part of your driving record and have lasting negative consequences.

DUI Penalties

Specific penalties for DUI depend on the circumstances of the situation. Each subsequent DUI conviction carries stiffer penalties. DUIs with BAC levels of .16 or higher, while driving with a minor, that take place in certain locations or that cause bodily harm or death have higher penalties. For a first time DUI it may be possible to get supervision or probation as opposed to possible jail time. A knowledgeable DUI lawyer can help you get the best result possible. Make sure to call our DUI lawyers at Tower Legal if you are arrested for DUI. The following are possible penalties for DUI convictions.

First DUI Conviction (Class A misdemeanor):

  • Revocation of driver’s license
  • Suspension of registration
  • Supervision
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Up to one year in jail
  • Fines up to $2,500

Second DUI Conviction (Class A misdemeanor):

  • Mandatory 5 days imprisonment and 240 hours community service
  • Revocation of driving privileges
  • Suspension of registration
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Probation
  • Up to one year in jail
  • Fines up to $2,500

Third DUI Conviction, Aggravated DUI (Class 2 felony):

  • Revocation of driving privileges
  • Suspension of vehicle registration
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Probation
  • 3-7 years in prison
  • Fines up to $25,000

DUI Arrests

Getting arrested for DUI can be overwhelming and frightening. Remember that you have legal rights. You do not have to face the situation alone. If you get arrested for DUI, follow these two rules:

Tower Legal’s Two Rules for DUI/DWI Arrests
1. REMAIN SILENT!
2. CALL A LAWYER.

You must express your desire to remain silent and call a lawyer. Simply let the arresting officer know that you are using your right to remain silent and wish to speak with a lawyer. Do not say anything else or answer any other questions. Call our experienced DUI lawyers at Tower Legal to help you understand the best course of action.

Experienced Chicago DUI Attorneys

Tower attorneys have first hand experience with the DUI/DWI process and understand the financial, professional and social consequences. If you’ve been charged with a DUI/DWI call us to discuss your options: (312)-619-3536.