First, it must be stressed that at no times should anyone operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol or while under the influence of drugs; the consequences of doing so could be life altering. However, even the most well-intentioned individuals make mistakes and could find themselves facing a long and expensive journey through the legal system.
It is important to remember that a DUI charge in Illinois does not necessarily mean that your driving privileges end. The outcome of your case, even in the event of a conviction, could still allow you to retain some driving privileges and, eventually, file for reinstatement of your license.
Some Possible Consequences and Options if you Receive a DUI
Under the strictest application of penalties for a first DUI conviction, a Class A misdemeanor, one may face the revocation of driving privileges for one year (two years if the driver is under the age of 21) and the suspension of vehicle registration. However, the following is a summary of possible options for individuals facing a first or even subsequent DUI offense in Illinois that include the ability to continue driving:
- Prior to a court appearance, a defendant will receive a receipt that allows him or her to drive for 45 days.
- A first-time DUI offender may obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit to allow unlimited driving during the statutory summary suspension.
- Under a provision enacted in 2016, DUI offenders may apply for a Monitoring Device or Restricted Driving Permit and they will be required to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device installed in their vehicles.
- Even a repeat DUI offender may be eligible for a Restricted Driving Permit in a vehicle equipped with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device.
Contact a Will County DUI Defense Lawyer for the Help You Need
If you are charged with a DUI or other serious traffic offense, do not hesitate to find an attorney with the right kind of experience to help you navigate the complexities of the Illinois judicial system. Securing the services of a knowledgeable Joliet DUI defense attorney allows you to pursue a variety of options available under the law. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba will apply years of DUI defense experience to your case to ensure you or your family member receive strong legal representation and services. Our DUI lawyer will provide a strong defense on your behalf and seek the best possible resolution.