Illinois Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Lawyers Who Protect Your Interests
Driving under the influence of alcohol in Illinois is a serious offense. Prosecutors statewide take these cases very seriously and it is imperative that you have professional representation knowledgable in DUI law to assist you through the entire process.
At Hall, Rustom & Fritz LLC, it is our goal to provide our clients with the highest quality legal advice available while remaining professional throughout the entirety of our clients’ cases. In Illinois, there are thousands of DUI arrests per year. Unfortunately, this statistic will not provide you with comfort; however, it should serve to illustrate that many people are going through the same charges, having to defend and resolve cases with the least amount of punishment.
It is our duty to answer our clients’ questions in a timely manner, make our clients’ court appearances quicker and less stressful, and advise our clients as to the law to the best of our ability.
Criminal Record Showing the Arrest
Once you are booked and fingerprinted, the arrest is reported to the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) where the arrest is recorded. At this point, the arrest may likely show up on a background check. It is not guaranteed, but it could show, depending on the depth of the background search.
Suspension of your driving privileges
Under Illinois law, if a police officer suspects you of operating your motor vehicle on a publicly maintained highway/roadway in Illinois, he/she can request that you submit to chemical testing for alcohol or drugs. If you submit to the breath, blood or urine test, and you reveal a BAC in excess of .08 or above, or your blood or urine reveal illegal drugs or prescription drugs in your system (if the prescription drugs caused your impairment), your driving privileges will be suspended for a definite period of time. If the police officer timely and properly served you with a carbon-copy document entitled “Notice of Summary Suspension,” the 46 day time period will start on your driving privileges. On the 46th day from the date you were served with the notice, your driving privileges will be suspended throughout Illinois and most all states in the United States.
Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP)
If you submitted to testing and revealed a BAC of .08 or above, or your urine or blood revealed illegal drugs (zero tolerance for illegal drugs in Illinois) or prescription drugs that impaired you, if you are a first offender, your driving privileges will be suspended for a period of 6 months. During that 6 month suspension, you will not be able to drive for the first 30 days of that suspension. As a first offender in Illinois, you will automatically be enrolled in the Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). This permit will allow you to drive 24/7, so long as you have a valid MDDP and a Breath Alcohol Interlock Ignition Device (BAIID) installed in each and every vehicle you intend to drive during your suspension. The BAIID requires installation at a certified BAIID installer. There are lease fees you will have to pay in addition to monitoring fees required by the Illinois Secretary of State (ILSOS).
You may qualify for a work exemption under certain circumstances.
You will have to pay a $250 reinstatement fee to the ILSOS before your driving privileges are reinstated.
Call the Lawyers at Hall, Rustom & Fritz LLC to Get Legal Representation if You Are Arrested for DUI in Illinois
It is important that you are represented to the fullest extent of the law if you are facing a DUI charge. Many collateral consequences could occur and you will need competent legal representation.
Attorneys at Hall, Rustom & Fritz LLC concentrate in the area of DUI and OWI. Managing Member Jeffrey R. Hall is the former chief traffic prosecutor in Tazewell County, IL and he has many years of experience in this area. Contact Attorney Hall at (309) 699-4691 or fill out a contact form.
The ILSOS has an informative brochure that will provide you with more information regarding DUI. It can be read here.
We’re here to help you in your time of need. Contact us today and schedule a free case evaluation. You will receive experienced, hard-working, no-nonsense, affordable Peoria area DUI lawyers for your case.