DUI (driving under the influence) charges are taken seriously in Illinois, but a Downers Grove DUI lawyer at Wolfe & Stec can help you avoid a conviction. If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, your first step should be to call an experienced attorney.
DUI charges in Illinois mean facing serious consequences that may include:
In addition, a conviction means your insurance premiums will rise, and you will have a criminal record that will follow you forever and affect your prospects for education, jobs, and housing possibilities, as well as your family and social relationships.
At Wolfe & Stec, our DUI attorneys know how the system works and can look for weaknesses and errors in the prosecutor’s case to help combat these charges and have them lowered or dismissed. We will handle all the legal aspects of your case, answer your questions and concerns, and aggressively fight for your rights and your freedom
DUI circumstances vary greatly, depending on factors such as your blood alcohol level and the number of previous offenses, so we provide a free consultation to discuss your individual situation and determine the best way to proceed with your case. Delaying can only make your situation worse, so call Wolfe & Stec at 630-305-0222 today for your free, confidential consultation.
Illinois statutes state that you can be arrested for a DUI for several reasons. These include operating a motor vehicle while impaired by:
Illinois has an Implied Consent Law. If you are driving and are stopped by an officer who has probable cause to believe you are impaired, you are considered to have agreed to provide a breath, blood, or urine sample. You will be deemed under the influence if:
There is zero tolerance for alcohol for drivers under the age of 21, so they can be charged with a DUI with any amount in the blood, with some exceptions.
Driving while impaired causes serious accidents and death and, as a result, penalties for drunk and drugged driving offenses are severe. Punishments get steeper in certain circumstances and with repeat offenses and may range from misdemeanors to felonies.
The following are some penalties for Illinois DUI:
In addition, a DUI may become a felony punishable by more than a year in jail if you have past traffic convictions or if you were driving without a valid driver’s license. If you are convicted of a Class 4 felony conviction, you face imprisonment of 1-3 years and fines of up to $25,000.
An aggravated DUI with multiple deaths is a class X felony, and brings penalties that may include prison for 6-30 years and fines of up to $25,000.
The stakes get higher if you have multiple DUI convictions. If you’re facing charges for a repeat drunk driving or high driving offense, talk with our DUI lawyer in Downers Grove to get skilled legal support and learn your options. Don’t risk your future by facing the justice system alone — contact a DUI attorney at Wolfe & Stec to stand by your side in the justice system. Call us today at 630-305-0222.
If a police officer suspects you are driving drunk or driving while high and stops you at a roadside safety check or for probable cause, reasonable suspicion, or unusual operation, the officer will ask you to take field sobriety tests. If these tests are positive for DUI probable cause, you will be arrested, taken to the police station, and asked to submit to chemical testing.
Your driver’s license will be suspended automatically if you either refuse or fail testing. If you are under 21 years old and refuse to submit to a BAC test, your license will be suspended for six months on your first violation and for two years for a second offense.
There are several types of tests you will be asked to take, including:
If any of these tests were not administered or interpreted properly, your DUI defense attorney in Downers Grove can have them excluded.
These tests are more accurate and must be administered by licensed medical professionals at a medical facility and be collected, labeled, sealed, and authenticated in a law enforcement officer’s presence. Still, both blood and urine tests can be challenged in court based on how they were administered.
Our Downers Grove DUI attorneys can determine which are the best defenses in drunk driving cases in your individual situation. Call us at 630-305-0222 to get started.
If you have been charged with a DUI in Illinois, our DUI lawyers in Downers Grove can make a major difference in how your case resolves. At Wolfe & Stec, our attorneys can help by:
We know the system and will look for prosecutor mistakes and reasons that test results can be excluded, such as irregularity in the chain of custody of samples or if an officer pulled you over without probable cause. We can get you off if you weren’t drinking but failed the field sobriety or breath test anyway.
Do not try to fight the system alone. Get skilled legal support from our Downers Grove DUI attorneys at Wolfe & Stec to help you get the best possible outcome. Call us at 630-305-0222 today for your free initial consultation to find the best way to move forward.
After the police broke into our client’s house, we successfully suppressed the evidence and the case was subsequently dismissed.
We have tried many aggravated battery and domestic batter cases. Our most recent success was our client was charged with attacking and stabbing the victim in their home. After conducting extensive discovery, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing all the factors contained in the case, we were able to get the cause dismissed.
We handle numerous first and repeat DUIs and have excellent success in acquittals or reductions of charges with minimum impact for our clients. As members of the NACDL, we have numerous expert witnesses available to rebut the vast resources of the prosecution and receive favorable rulings.