First Time DUI Defense Attorney in Chicago
Have you been arrested for DUI?
If it is your first time being arrested for a DUI, the The Toney Law Firm wants you to understand that there are viable
defenses and effective plea bargains that an experienced
Chicago DUI lawyer can actively pursue on your behalf. Your arrest has triggered two separate legal actions that must be resolved. One is by the State of Illinois to suspend your driver's license and the second is the criminal offense you will be prosecuted for. The firm stands ready to assist you in both areas.
Penalties for conviction on a first time DUI can vary greatly. You may have to serve time in jail, up to 12 months in some cases. You can be fined up to $2,500 with additional fines for a
BAC above 0.16 or if a child was in the vehicle during your DUI incident. If convicted, your driver's license will be revoked for a minimum of a year, your vehicle registration will also be suspended and you may have to perform community service. These penalties can severely hamper your ability to go to school or work and do the everyday actions of life. They make it all the more important to obtain competent legal assistance.
Felony DUI Charges
Commonly, charges for a DUI offense are a misdemeanor. There are circumstances that can cause the charge to be raised to a felony resulting in greater penalties. Aggravated DUI offenses include such things as a DUI that resulted in great
bodily harm or
death, DUI without a valid license or insurance or DUI in a school zone in which a DUI related accident causes bodily harm. Attorney Sarah Toney can help you to determine if you may be charged with a felony DUI and what can be done to overcome the charges against you.
If you are underage and convicted of a DUI you will lose your driving privileges for at least 2 years. Even a trace of alcohol, when you are a minor and stopped for a traffic violation, will result in a suspension of your license or permit. Conviction for a DUI becomes part of your permanent record which can affect future employment or educational possibilities. Prevent this from happening to you by contacting the office today.
Contact a First Time DUI Defense Attorney in Chicago
for competent legal assistance in resolving first time DUI offenses.