Driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated is ill-advised. It is dangerous, irresponsible, and illegal. You may end up hurting yourself or other road users. In fact, you may cause a fatality if you cause a collision due to your drunk driving. Imagine having to live with yourself knowing that your spouse, child, friend, or parent died as a result of your drunk driving. In some cases, accidents caused by drunk drinking often lead to paralysis or maiming, which is why the law is strict on drink driving. If you are caught driving while under the influence, you can expect to be charged with DUI.
It is important to note that while all drunk driving is ill-advised, some drivers might have had a bottle or two of light beer or a glass of wine, while another driver might have had a bottle or two of hard liquor. Obviously, the latter is much more drunk than the former. While both drivers may be charged with the same offense, the latter will get a more severe penalty.
Common DUI Penalties
The most common DUI penalty, whether you are a first, second, or third offender, is a huge fine. Secondly, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device. Thirdly, you will have to spend a mandatory two or three days in jail after getting arresting. Depending on the nature of the charge, your license may be suspended temporarily for a few months. In some cases, the license may be suspended for a few years. In the most severe cases of drunk driving, the driving license of the suspect may be revoked.
When you have been arrested while driving under the influence with a minor inside the vehicle, you will be charged with a DUI felony. If you caused an accident that led to an injury or fatality, you will be charged with a felony DUI. Similarly, if you have more than two DUI convictions on your record, you can be charged with a DUI felony. This is a crime that comes with several years of imprisonment.
Who Can Help Me with My Drunk Driving Charge?
When you have been charged with a drunk driving offense, the first thing you should do is sober up before you ask for your one phone call. That call should go to Chicago Trusted Attorneys. Your lawyer will offer legal counsel during questioning, if need be, and represent you during the arraignment. After which, your lawyer will petition the court to release you on bond.
If the evidence to sustain the DUI or DWI charge is overwhelming, your lawyer will negotiate a convenient plea deal with the prosecution to ensure you get a lesser sentence.
Common DUI Defenses
One of the most effective DUI defenses your attorney can use is claiming the stop was illegal. By claiming an illegal stop, your attorney will be able to have the case thrown out of court. After all, if the arresting officer did not have any good reason to stop you, they basically harassed you, and police harassment is a more serious crime than suspected drunk driving.
Your attorney can question the method used by the arresting officer to determine whether you were intoxicated. This might have been a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer test. Whatever the case, a competent lawyer can poke holes into the evidence adduced by the prosecution.
There are many other DUI defenses that can be used by a lawyer to defend you. What is important is hiring a competent lawyer to defend you against the charges. Chicago Trusted Attorneys are always ready to help clients mount a potent legal defense to ensure they get a fair outcome.