In Illinois, driving under the influence (DUI) is defined as operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicating substances. A driver may face criminal charges for DUI if he or she:
- Has a blood alcohol concentration, as determined by a breath or blood test, of .08% or greater; or
- Has a blood alcohol concentration of .05%-.08% when supported by evidence that the driver's mental and/or physical abilities are also impaired.
Chicago police officers will rely upon a breath and blood testing as well as a driver's performance on field sobriety tests to give the prosecuting attorney enough evidence to move forward with criminal charges for DUI. The prosecution may also rely upon the arresting officer's observations as to the defendant's driving behavior and the officer's testimony regarding any statements the driver made as well as outward signs of intoxication, such as bloodshot eyes, an open alcohol container, slurred speech, etc.
Enlist a DUI Defense Attorney in Chicago
These are the key elements of a Chicago DUI case, and understanding these to the fullest extent should be a primary concern of any attorney who handles cases of this kind. At Fagan, Fagan & Davis, we understand all of the issues that are related to a drunk driving case or a case involving driving under the influence of drugs. We understand what evidence the prosecution will rely upon in an attempt to secure a conviction against you and can therefore provide hard-hitting, effective defense strategies that address the particular circumstances of your case.
Do not wait to involve a defense lawyer who can actively protect your freedom, your legal rights and your interests. You need a competent attorney if you are to have the best chance of avoiding a conviction, and this involves a thorough understanding of every aspect of your drunk driving charges. Call our firm today to learn how you can challenge your charges and fight for your future.