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Being charged with a DUI is an extremely serious situation that can result in severe consequences. In the state of Illinois, DUI is considered to be a major offense and most judges and law enforcement officers do not sympathize with those accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. DUI offenders are often punished to the fullest extent of the law, especially when the offender has a history of DUI. Even if you are a first-time DUI offender, you could face jail time, fines, and a driver’s license suspension for a conviction, but a knowledgeable Illinois DUI defense lawyer can help.

Common DUI Defense Strategies

There are numerous ways an attorney can defend you against a DUI charge. Through an initial consultation and subsequent investigation, your lawyer can determine the best course of action. Here are a few common defense strategies:

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IL DUI lawyerA DUI conviction can be devastating - your freedom and your reputation can be at stake. Being convicted for DUI can mean serious consequences including the possibility of jail time and steep fines. When you fail a chemical test to determine your BAC during a traffic stop, you will automatically be subject to a statutory summary suspension, which is the Secretary of State’s administrative action of suspending your license. During the suspension period, you can apply for a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP) if it is your first offense, or a restricted driving permit (RDP) if it is your second or third offense.

What Is a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device?

If you are convicted of a DUI and wish to still have driving privileges, you are required to have a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) installed in your vehicle. A BAIID is a device that is installed in the ignition of an offender’s vehicle and measures the driver’s blood-alcohol content using their breath. The BAIID will not allow the vehicle to start if the driver’s BAC is determined to be over .025. The driver must blow into the device to start the vehicle and periodically blow into the device throughout their trip to prevent drinking after the vehicle has been started.

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerWhen one is convicted of a DUI in Illinois, they face two main types of consequences: criminal and collateral. Those that are criminal in nature are consequences related to jail time, probation, and licensing suspensions. Collateral consequences are those that one faces because of the conviction. Examples include the increased cost of car insurance and difficulty obtaining a job because of a criminal record. Both types can result in significant financial losses.

Criminal Costs of an Illinois DUI Conviction

Criminal costs of a DUI are, perhaps, the easiest to measure. Most have a fee already attached to them. For example, the installation of a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) will cost $100 to install. In addition, all BAIID users must pay rental and monitoring fees, which cost $960 and $360 per year, respectively. Other common criminal costs that one can expect after a DUI conviction include:

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerWhile it is far better to fight a DUI before conviction, not everyone is aware that they can and should do so. Thankfully, some individuals may still be eligible to drive with the installation of a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID). Learn more about driving with the BAIID (and what it entails) with help from the following information. 

About the BAIID Driving Option

Upon conviction of a DUI, the license of a driver is suspended. The individual then has two choices: refrain from driving until the suspension has expired or obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) to become eligible for the BAIID driving option. Continuing to drive and not adhering to either of these options can result in additional criminal charges (a Class 4 felony). This applies, even if the individual is not intoxicated at the time they are caught driving.

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerAmericans sometimes take their rights for granted. What happens, though, when your own decisions result in a loss of your rights? This is, unfortunately, a possibility when one is convicted of a felony DUI. Learn more with help from the following information.

Your Right to Bear Arms

The right to bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution. However, this right can be revoked. This is what typically happens to individuals who have been convicted of a violent offense (domestic violence, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, etc.). Yet it can also happen to those with non-violent felony offenses.

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