DUI

Chicago DUI Attorney

Defending Clients Facing DUI Charges in Chicago and Surrounding Suburbs

DUI charges (driving under the influence) are serious criminal charges that cannot be taken lightly. The penalties are severe and can have far-reaching effects on your life. Accordingly, it is important to consult with an experienced Illinois DUI attorney as soon as possible in order to protect your rights, learn your legal options, and begin your legal defense.

In Illinois, a motorist is considered to be driving under the influence if he or she is operating or in physical control of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than 0.08%.

If you have been charged with DUI or other alcohol-related offense, contact the Chicago DUI lawyer Glenn Betancourt at (847) 768-5805 in Des Plaines or at (773) 252-5923 in Chicago to schedule a free consultation to discuss your DUI case.

Illinois DUI Penalties

If you have been charged with a DUI, you are facing significant penalties with far-reaching consequences. If you are convicted of a DUI, you face jail time, hefty fines, and a possible suspension or revocation of your driving privileges. The penalties vary depending on your prior criminal record, age, and a number of other factors.

Drivers who are under the age of 21 and charged with a DUI face immediately revocation of driving privileges if the BAC is anything over 0.00%. Drivers who are over the age of 21 face driver’s license suspension or revocation, hefty fines, mandatory drivers’ education, community service, and even jail time depending on the severity of the offense.

First time offenders face a six-month automatic license suspension and misdemeanor charges with potential imprisonment of up to one year and fines up to $2,500. If the driver’s BAC is 0.16% or more or an injury-causing accident occurs as a result of the driver’s intoxication, he or she faces mandatory community service and possible felony charges. Repeat offenders face mandatory jail time, felony charges, and lengthy license revocation periods.

Get the Legal Help You Need

As an experienced Chicago DUI attorney, Glenn Betancourt understands the Illinois drunk driving laws and he will advocate on your behalf to obtain a dismissal or reduction of charges against you and the minimum penalty possible. He will closely examine all of the evidence surrounding your DUI charge, including the circumstances of the traffic stop, the reliability of the BAC testing equipment, and any possible violations of your Constitutional rights by law enforcement officers.

If you have been charged with DUI or other alcohol-related offense, contact the Chicago DUI lawyer Glenn Betancourt at (847) 768-5805 in Des Plaines or at (773) 252-5923 in Chicago to schedule a free consultation to discuss your DUI case.