Chicago DUI lawyers explain about DUI and Drugs in Chicago
The majority of people associate DUI with driving under the influence of alcohol. However, this offense also includes driving under the influence of drugs (DUI of drugs), and both the ISP and Chicago police are cracking down on this heavily. Illinois state law clearly defines driving under the influence as operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, other drugs, or intoxicating compounds. Furthermore, people will face DUI charges regardless if the drugs in their system are illegal drugs or lawful prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. It does not matter if a driver was high on heroin or drowsy from taking Nyquil, if a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle is impaired in any way, he or she will be charged with DUI upon arrest.
The penalties for driving under the influence of drugs are similar to the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol. If found guilty, you may face such penalties as mandatory drug treatment, large fines, license suspension, community service, possible time in jail, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device and more. A first conviction for DUI involving drugs, for instance, may result in up to 364 days imprisonment, license revocation for a minimum of 1 year, community service, alcohol classes and treatment, random urinalysis and fines of up to $2,500 plus costs. Furthermore, if you are found driving with illegal drugs in your possession, you will likely face additional criminal charges that could result in more penalties.
Contact a Chicago DUI lawyer!
If you are facing charges for driving under the influence of drugs, it's in your best interest to hire an experienced defense lawyer to defend you in court. A conviction will have serious effects in multiple aspects of your life; you could go to jail, lose your driving privileges, and even lose your job. When this much is at stake, why put your future in the hands of an inexperienced attorney?
At Fagan, Fagan & Davis, we have more than 100 years of combined experience defending people charged with all types of drunk driving offenses. Not only do we have a great deal of knowledge and practice in Illinois criminal laws, but we also have a proven record of applying our knowledge and experience to achieve winning verdicts for our clients. We welcome you to contact us now for a free consultation with an attorney regarding your DUI of drugs charges. A talented attorney from our team can review your particular matter and help you understand your rights and options at this point. We take on cases throughout all of Chicago and the surrounding areas, and we would be proud to fight for you. Call our offices today to discuss your defense options!