If you are driving through Naperville, Illinois, make sure you do so sober. Naperville has long been known for strict enforcement of DUI (driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs) laws, ranking in the top five among police agencies that responded to the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists’ annual survey for the past 17 years. This ranking dropped in 2017 to the ninth highest number in the state, but Naperville police still made 271 arrests for DUI.
Naperville law enforcement takes offenses seriously because driving under the influence kills and maims. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2014 Illinois DUI Facts, 281 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes, and there were 32,822 DUI arrests recorded by the Secretary of State’s office.
If you have been accused of a DUI in Naperville or anywhere else in Illinois, you face serious consequences. First-time offenders face license suspension, fines or even jail, and subsequent offenders may be charged with felony DUI. There are other costs as well — your insurance premiums will rise, your family will face embarrassment, and it may affect your job and educational opportunities and career.
This is not something you can fight on your own. You need the help of an effective Naperville DUI defense attorney who is a strong advocate in the courtroom to fight for your rights and get the best outcome possible.
The seasoned and experienced Illinois DUI defense attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. are aggressive litigators and thoroughly understand the courts and the law. We offer a free consultation to examine the facts of your individual situation, so call our offices or contact us online today.
Illinois defines “Driving Under the Influence” as operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, other drugs including cannabis (marijuana) prescribed for medical purposes, or intoxicating compounds and methamphetamine. You are considered to be under the influence if you have a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more or if you have used any illegal substance or are impaired by medication. You may also be convicted with a BAC between .05 and .08 if additional evidence shows you were impaired.
For drivers under 21, any amount of alcohol in the blood can lead to a DUI. For drivers of commercial vehicles, the limit is 0.04 percent.
In Illinois, a DUI is a class A misdemeanor, and conviction penalties include the possibility of court supervision, a suspended license, fines of up to $2,500, and up to one year in jail. First-time offenders face a mandatory suspension of their driver’s license and having a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) with a camera unit installed on their vehicles.
Repeat offenders may almost certainly face jail time and fines and have driving privileges limited or revoked as follows:
Once a DUI conviction is on your record, it is almost impossible to get it removed. If you are facing DUI charges in Naperville, you need the help of an experienced DUI attorney in Naperville to help you avoid conviction.
A DUI defense attorney can make a major difference, especially if there are “aggravating circumstances,” such as repeat offenses, property damages, injuries, or endangerment of a child. An attorney can help get you off if you weren’t drinking but somehow failed the field sobriety test or the breath test.
The seasoned Naperville DUI attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. know the courts and the system and understand that there are aspects of DUI charges that may lead to a dismissal or result in a lesser offense or penalty. We are aggressive litigators and will work with you to investigate and fully understand the facts of your case and be your strong advocate in the courtroom. We will make sure you complete requirements and forms and are properly prepared to go to court.
Delaying can only make your situation worse, so call or contact us online today for your free initial consultation.
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.