Protecting Your Rights After A DUI Arrest

Illinois is just one of many states across the country that is instituting harsher penalties for drunk driving. DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) charges are serious and require aggressive attention from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Have you, a family member or close friend been arrested or charged on suspicion of DUI? You should use the services of my law office, Michael J. Conway Attorney at Law, L.L.C., in Waukegan. I have an extensive understanding of how drunk driving, driving under the influence of drugs and other criminal cases are handled, as I have over 25 years of experience as a lawyer. I am dedicated to helping you understand your options for fighting the charges and to protect your rights, family and future.

DUI Penalties

Whether you are convicted after a trial or negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor, punishments for DUI are extremely severe. Even for a first offense, anyone accused of DUI is facing the prospect of:

  • Significant fines and costs
  • Loss of a driver's license (suspension or revocation)
  • Ignition interlock device installation in the family vehicle

In addition, a conviction will result in a criminal record. Since there is no specific "look-back" period in Illinois for DUI, any previous convictions are considered when someone is sentenced. For example, if you were convicted or plead guilty to DUI in 2000 and then charged with a subsequent DUI offense, the latter offense would be considered a second DUI and subject to the increased penalties associated with that level of offense. Additionally, the more DUIs that a person has in their background, the more severe the potential punishments. Also, if a the drunk driving violation is charged as a felony, the penalties are enhanced. The more DUIs, the more severe the punishments.

Protecting Your Rights Every Step Of The Way

We can seek to lessen the punishment for a conviction or even seek a dismissal of the case in many ways. I will examine all aspects of the circumstances of your arrest to determine your rights were violated or if the police did not follow standard procedure. The results of any field sobriety tests as well as breath, blood and urine tests can be called into question. The bottom line: Do not go through this alone. Having an experienced attorney on your side can help assure a positive outcome for your case.

Call Today To Get Started

When your future is in jeopardy, do not wait to take action. Talk to me today during a free half-hour initial consultation. I represent clients in Lake County, McHenry County, Cook County and throughout northeastern Illinois. Call me now at 847-693-4222 or contact me through my online form.