Cook County DUI Attorney
Criminal Defense Attorney in Evanston
In the state of Illinois, the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.08% for individuals who are over the age of 21. This means that if you are pulled over, and you are found to be driving while intoxicated, then you will face charges of DUI. If you are a commercial driver, then the BAC limit is 0.04%, any reading above this will result in arrest and criminal charges.
If you are under the age of 21, then you face a strict no tolerance policy for drinking and driving. This means that if you are pulled over and there is any traceable amount of alcohol found in your system, then you will be arrested and charged with this offense.
What To Expect After a Conviction
If you are arrested and charged with the crime of DUI, then you could face serious penalties for conviction. This state carries an implied consent law which means if you are driving on the roads in Illinois, then you consent to any chemical testing that a police officer requires of you. A refusal to comply with this will result in driver's license suspension for one year.
If you are convicted of a first DUI offense, then you will face:
- Up to one year in jail
- Up to $2,500 in fines
- At least one-year license suspension
- Mandatory ignition interlock device installation
- Community service hours
In the even that you have been arrested for a DUI in Evanston, do not delay in retaining the best possible legal defense you can. A conviction can come with extremely harsh penalties.
Searching for a DUI lawyer in Evanston?
At Pfeifer & Pfeifer, Attorneys at Law, we can challenge any attempt by the State to convict you, suspend your driver's license, or assess high fines against you.
It is important to know that a DUI can be charged in a number of ways:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of greater than 0.08%
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, and
- Driving with any amount of a drug in a person's blood, breath, or urine
In Illinois, DUI can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the situation. In either case, a conviction can have profound and permanent effects on your ability to drive legally. Let our Cook County criminal defense lawyers work with you to pursue the results that you need.
Possible Defenses Against Drunk Driving Charges
There are many different defenses that can be presented in DUI cases, and it is important that you have representation on your side that can provide you with a breadth of knowledge and legal options. The most important thing to know is that there is no evidence submitted in a DUI case that cannot be fought against by a skilled representative from our firm.
While chemical tests may seem extremely scientific, it is always possible for test equipment to malfunction and human error to occur. You should also keep in mind that if the police officer did not conduct a proper observation of you, then the arrest may be unlawful, and therefore you may be let go. There are other procedures police officers must follow in these scenarios, and failure to do so can result in an unlawful arrest.
In addition, there are many ways to obtain false blood alcohol content (BAC) readings. If a false reading occurred in your case, then you can be sure that our firm will work to expose this evidence and show that you were not actually guilty of DUI and that the charge is unwarranted. Our firm has years of experience in handling these types of cases, and you can be sure that we will put our extensive experience to work for you in the situation that you face.
We know that you need an attorney for a DUI case in Cook County, and we are committed to helping our clients however we can. Contact our firm today!