Illinois law is particularly harsh on DUI offenders. If you do not work with a lawyer and fight your DUI, you face numerous criminal penalties as well as other consequences. Your driver's license may be suspended for 6 to 36 months or revoked for a period of 12 months at the minimum or permanently, in some cases. You may face from a maximum of 12 months in jail, or up to 30 years in prison depending upon whether this is your first, second, third or subsequent conviction, or if other factors are present.
Many people charged with DUI consider themselves in a hopeless situation, especially when the results of a breath or blood test indicate that their BAC was more than .08 percent. However, DUI is not as hopeless as many people think. There are many viable defense strategies available to those facing DUI charges. If you have been arrested and charged with DUI in Chicago or a surrounding area in Cook County, DuPage County or Lake County, we can defend you in court and help you fight your charges. At Fagan Fagan & Davis, not only do we have more than 100 years of combined experience in DUI defense, but we also have prosecutorial experience as well. This means that we are familiar with the many strategies and tactics the prosecution is likely going to use in their efforts to obtain a DUI conviction. We know how to respond to the prosecution's accusations with strong and effective defense strategies.
Possible DUI Defense Strategies
There are many possible defense strategies available for fighting DUI charges. Some questions we can bring to the attention of the Court include:
- Did the police officer have probable cause to believe you were driving under the influence when he or she pulled you over?
- Did you take a field sobriety test? Were there any conditions or extenuating circumstances that could have caused you to fail?
- Did you take a breath test? If so, did the officer administer the test properly? Was the machine working properly? Did you have any physical ailments or conditions that could have caused an inaccurate reading? Was there any radio frequency interference?
- Did you take a blood test? If so, was your test administered by a trained technician? Was any of the laboratory equipment contaminated? Did the testing equipment malfunction? Did you have a preexisting condition or illness that could have caused the results to be inaccurate?
Contact Fagan, Fagan & Davis!
A Chicago DUI lawyer can help you fight your DUI charges in a number of ways. This includes an initial assessment of a case to determine its strengths and weaknesses, as well as an analysis of the situation from the prosecution's point of view in order to discover any weaknesses that can be exposed. A lawyer from our team can work with experts in blood and breath testing, can conduct an individual analysis of a blood sample, can challenge the validity of chemical testing and field sobriety testing, and can also investigate and challenge the circumstances of the initial police stop and the arrest.
By uncovering new information, evidence or witness testimony on the defendant's behalf and carefully examining the prosecution's case, a defense lawyer can work to avoid a DUI conviction and therefore the numerous negative consequences that come with it. These are just some of the possible questions we can address to help defend you against your charges. We know you are probably scared, nervous, and overwhelmed at the thought of facing criminal prosecution. At Fagan, Fagan & Davis, you can trust that you are in good hands. We have extensive DUI defense experience, and will exhaust all possible measures to fight your charges!