DUI Defense Attorneys In DuPage County
There is little question that driving under the influence continues to be a major concern for much of the country, including here in Northern Illinois. While several decades of public education campaigns and increased consequences for those found guilty have helped to an extent, thousands of drivers are arrested on DUI charges every year. If you have been charged with DUI, your life may be affected before your case sees the inside of a courtroom. You are likely to be facing not only expensive fines and prison time but also the suspension of your driving privileges, a penalty which could remain in effect even if you are found not guilty of DUI. At Anderson Attorneys & Advisors, our experienced attorneys recognize the serious nature of DUI charges, and we will work to protect your rights as well as your future.
Tenacious DUI Attorneys Serving Warrenville and Winfield
As a former prosecutor in the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, Attorney Audriana Anderson spent more than 20 years prosecuting crimes in Northern Illinois, including countless DUI cases. Now, she uses her knowledge and experience to protect the rights of those facing DUI charges. Her background gives her unique insight into the tactics and techniques that prosecutors may use in seeking a conviction in your case.
When you are arrested on DUI charges, you have the right to have an attorney present. All criminal suspects should exercise this right without exception. If you do not have a lawyer when you are being processed or questioned by the police, you could give details and incriminating statements that may be used against you later. Your attorney can help you avoid making such mistakes.
Many DUI arrests also involve breathalyzer tests and other forms of chemical blood-alcohol content (BAC) testing. Failing or refusing BAC tests will result in the suspension of your driving privileges, but you may have options that could keep you on the road legally while your case progresses.
Illinois First-Offense and Repeat DUI Defense
In many situations, a first-offense DUI charge may afford you certain alternatives for avoiding a conviction. Diversionary programs, including court supervision, may keep a conviction from going on your permanent record, but you will need to comply with all of the terms imposed by the specific program. Our attorneys understand the importance of working with prosecutors to find the solution that works best for your unique circumstances.
A person’s first DUI offense is usually a misdemeanor charge, though certain factors could raise the charge to a felony. Repeat offenders, however, face more serious penalties. A second DUI offense carries a mandatory minimum five-day jail sentence or 240 hours of community service and increased fines. A third offense is automatically a felony with even more severe consequences, including the revocation of driving privileges for at least 10 years. If you are facing charges for a second, third, or subsequent DUI offense, you need a qualified attorney on your side.
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The severity of a DUI charge and the possible consequences depend on a number of factors. Contact our office to meet with a member of our team about your situation and your available options. Call 630-877-5800 for a confidential consultation today. Anderson Attorneys & Advisors serves clients in Wheaton, Winfield, Warrenville, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, West Chicago, DuPage County, and throughout the surrounding areas.