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I Need to Drive Again but I had a DUI

Tired of taking the bus or asking friends to give you a ride? If you want to get behind the wheel again but have had your license suspended or revoked, do not go it alone. We believe everyone needs to drive and we will help you get a full license reinstatement whether you have several unpaid traffic tickets or were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

An RDP Permit Will Get You Driving

If your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked, you may be able to get back on the road with a restricted driving permit (RDP). That permit will allow you to drive to work, take your kids to school, or go to a doctor’s appointment. Some clients are even eligible for a probationary permit, which will allow you to drive up to 12 hours a day, six days a week within a 200 mile radius. You will need to attend a hearing to prove your eligibility for the permit and you must drive with the permit for at least nine months before you are eligible for your next hearing.

If your license is revoked because of two or or more DUI convictions, you should expect to drive a vehicle with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device for five years as a prerequisite for full reinstatement of your driving privileges. If you have four or more DUI convictions, your driver’s license will be revoked indefinitely, with some clients still being eligible for a RDP or clearance if you no longer live in the State of Illinois.

License Reinstatement

You must petition for an administrative hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. They will take your driving history into account and it is your opportunity to show that you are worthy of driving again. If you are trying to get your license back after being convicted of DUI for example, these are some of the requirements if you are seeking reinstatement:

• No pending traffic tickets

• Participate in a support/recovery program for at least 12 months (Level III clients only)

• Complete substance abuse treatment and submit proof

• Complete a DUI Risk Education Course (Most Clients)

• Meet with the hearing officer from the Secretary of State’s office along with your attorney

• Pay a $500 reinstatement fee or more and an application fee

• Take a written and driving test and pass a vision exam

• Obtain SR-22 insurance and maintain it for 36 months

The above list is not exhaustive or inclusive for all clients. Our office will advise you based on your background as to what will be required.

Contact a Joliet License Reinstatement Attorney

If you need to drive again, contact the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba. Do not try to manage the hearings on your own. You need an experienced Will County driver’s license reinstatement attorney . Call 815-740-4025 for a free consultation.

Is Your Child Facing DUI Charges?

If your teenager is facing drunk driving charges, the entire family may be feeling the stress and stigma. Even a first DUI offense could be costly and lead to jail time. This one mistake could haunt your teenager for months or years to come. If this sounds familiar, get help from an Illinois criminal defense lawyer who understands that mistakes happen and believes your child deserves a second chance.

Zero Tolerance for Minors Driving Under the Influence

There is a zero-tolerance law in Illinois for anyone under 21 caught drinking and driving. That means if your teenager has any detectable trace of alcohol in their system they could be arrested and charged with violating the Illinois Zero Tolerance law and/or a DUI.
Because of this, your underage child may have just obtained their driver’s license and now they could be losing their driving privileges. Worse, their license could be revoked, which is more severe than a license suspension. They might even have to take a driving test again after the minimum waiting period is up. Here is a detailed breakdown of the possible consequences for violating Illinois’ Zero Tolerance law:

First offense

• Driver’s license suspended for three months for a blood alcohol level of more than .00

• Six-month suspension if the driver refused to take a test at the time of the arrest

Second offense

• Driver’s license suspended for one year for a blood alcohol level of more than .00

• Two-year driver’s license suspension if the driver refused to take a test at the time of arrest a second time

A DUI conviction requires a blood alcohol concentration of more than .08, or more than .05 if there is additional evidence of impairment, such as illegal drugs in the driver’s system. DUI convictions have different and more serious penalties, including license revocation for up to 5 years for repeat offenses. Penalties are more severe if your child has additional previous DUIs or if someone is injured or killed.

Aggressive Defense for Teenagers Facing Criminal Charges

Young people often do not understand how alcohol can affect them and they get behind the wheel with no desire to hurt anyone. DUI criminal defense attorney Jack L. Zaremba is a former Will County prosecutor who applies the most effective defense strategies in court and is known to challenge evidence gathered by law enforcement and presented by the prosecution, including:

· Showing that your child had a momentary lapse in judgment

· Examining health conditions that may have led to slurred speech or red eyes

· Fighting to get charges reduced or dismissed to get your teen driving again

· Proving that your teenager may not have been driving the car

· Demonstrating the importance of protecting your child’s future

Contact a Will County DUI Attorney

If your teenager has been arrested and charged with DUI, contact a Will County underage DUI lawyer with extensive knowledge about DUI cases. Call 815-740-4025 to schedule a free consultation. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba will work hard to help you avoid the consequences of a conviction.

Can DUI Blood Tests Be Inaccurate?

When someone is arrested for alleged drunk driving, they are taken to the police station for further testing, including breath alcohol and blood alcohol tests. During a blood test, a small sample of the arrestee's blood is drawn and sent to a laboratory for analysis. The results of this test are generally admissible in court as evidence against the individual. However, it is important to keep in mind that these tests are not always accurate. In some cases, DUI blood tests can produce false positives.

Problems With Blood Alcohol Testing That May Reduce the Chances of a DUI Conviction

There are a number of factors that can contribute to inaccurate blood alcohol test results, including:

Problems during the blood draw - If the person taking the blood sample does not do so correctly, it can lead to inaccurate results. For example, if the needle used to draw the blood is not clean, it can contaminate the sample.

Improper storage or handling of the blood sample - If the blood sample is not stored or handled properly, it can also lead to inaccurate results. For example, if the blood sample is not refrigerated, it can break down, ferment, and produce inaccurate results.

Inaccurate laboratory testing - The laboratory that tests the blood sample may also make errors that can lead to inaccurate results. For example, the lab may use outdated or incorrect equipment, or they may not follow proper procedures when analyzing the sample. Certain chemicals, including preservatives and anticoagulants, are added to the blood sample during testing. Too much or too little of these chemicals can also throw off the results.

Hematocrit - When a blood sample is taken, some of the liquid portion of the blood (plasma) is separated from the solid portion (cells). The percentage of cells in the blood is called the hematocrit. The hematocrit can affect the results of a DUI blood test and needs to be taken into consideration.

Chain of custody problems - In order for the results of a DUI blood test to be admissible in court, the prosecution must be able to establish a "chain of custody" for the blood sample. This means that they must be able to show that the blood sample was not tampered with or contaminated in any way from the time it was taken until it was tested.

Contact Our Will County DUI Defense Lawyer

It may be possible to avoid conviction for drunk driving even if a blood test showed intoxication. Contact the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. to discuss your case with experienced Will County DUI defense attorney Jack Zaremba . Call our office at 815-740-4025 to schedule a free consultation.

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