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Downers Grove DUI Defense Lawyers

DuPage County DUI defense lawyer

Criminal Defense Attorneys for Drunk Driving in Westmont, Oak Brook and DuPage County

An individual can be charged with driving under the influence in Illinois if they operate a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. With around 27,000 DUI arrests per year in the state, law enforcement and the court system strictly enforce DUI laws, and penalties can be harsh. Convictions typically carry driver's license suspension or revocation, substantial fines, and incarceration for the most serious of offenses.

The skilled criminal defense lawyers at Khan Nayyar & Associates, LLC will fight to preserve your driving privileges, which are essential for most Illinois residents to make a living and perform normal daily tasks. We want to protect your rights and keep a conviction off your record.

DUI Charges and Penalties in Illinois

If you are pulled over by police, you can be cited for DUI if:

  • A chemical test indicates a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or above;
  • Testing finds a marijuana THC level of 5 nanograms or more per milliliter of blood or 10 per milliliter of another bodily substance; or
  • You display impairment by other illegal drugs or prescription medication.

Penalties for DUI convictions escalate with each subsequent offense. Punishments also increase if you were transporting a child under 16 years old, had a BAC of .16 or higher, were driving the wrong way on a one-way street, or refused to submit to chemical testing. Driving under the influence classifications and associated penalties include:

First-Time DUI: Class A misdemeanor, license revocation for at least one year.

Second DUI: Class A misdemeanor, license revocation for at least five years, minimum incarceration of five days or 240 hours of community service.

Third DUI: Class 2 felony, license revocation for a minimum of 10 years, up to seven years in prison and $25,000 fine.

Fourth DUI: Class 2 felony, lifetime license revocation, up to seven years of incarceration and $25,000 fine.

Fifth DUI: Class 1 felony, up to 15 years in prison and $25,000 fine.

Sixth DUI or Subsequent Offense: Class X felony, up to 30 years in prison and $25,000 fine.

Aggravated DUI: Includes any DUI that results in a felony charge, including a third DUI or above, DUI without a license, DUI in a school zone during school hours, and DUI that results in death.

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) DUI: Anyone who possesses a CDL can have that license revoked, even if a DUI offense occurs while driving their personal vehicle.

MDDP/BAIID: Some drivers qualify for relief from license suspension with a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) and Blood Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID).

How to Avoid a DUI Conviction

The adept DUI attorneys at Khan Nayyar & Associates, LLC can help you maintain your driving privileges through our well thought out defense. We will first determine if your rights were violated during your arrest or if field sobriety tests and/or chemical testing were improperly administered. If so, we will ask for a full dismissal.

We can also protect your ability to drive through reduced charges, a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP), or a restricted driving permit (RDP). With the installation of a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID), you can still drive as needed as long as you pass a breath test before you start your vehicle and at various points during operation. This option is utilized by around 10,000 Illinois drivers at any given time.

Contact a DuPage County DUI Lawyer

With increased insurance premiums, court costs, lost income, license reinstatement, and other fees, the average cost of a DUI conviction in Illinois can be more than $18,000. Put your trust in Khan Nayyar & Associates, LLC to pursue the best possible outcome in your case to avoid a conviction. To speak with an experienced Oakbrook Terrace DUI attorney, contact us at 630-529-9377 for a consultation. We serve clients throughout the area, including Oak Brook, Hinsdale, Westmont, Downers Grove, Clarendon Hills, and Elmhurst.

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