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Key Evidence in an Illinois DUI Case

You may be regretting mistakes or poor judgment that led up to your arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Illinois, but keep in mind that this is just the beginning of a DUI case. You still have the opportunity to defend yourself at the administrative hearing and in a criminal court room. In these proceedings, you can contest the three primary forms of evidence a prosecuting attorney is likely to present as proof. Instead of regrets about a past that you cannot change, focus on the future and working with an Illinois DUI defense lawyer who will fight for your rights.

The Police Report

An officer is required to submit an incident report for any arrest, so there will be a document regarding your encounter with police. However, it is important to remember that this is a subjective account about the circumstances surrounding your arrest. The police report is an opinion about your speech, demeanor, physical condition, and reasons that you were pulled over. In other words, it is the testimony of an eye witness. A law enforcement officer is granted more credibility in court, but the account can still be contradicted by objective evidence.

Your Performance on Field Sobriety Tests

Before placing you under arrest, an officer may request that you take a field sobriety test. The most common standardized tests are:

  • Walk and Turn Test
  • One Legged Stand Test
  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test

These tests are more objective than a police report, but it is still possible to contest the results. If you have a medical condition that affects your physical abilities, you will not have much success with some field sobriety tests. Plus, uneven pavement, slippery surfaces, poor lighting, weather, and other factors at the scene can create reasonable doubt.

Results of Chemical Tests

Though they are often viewed as being the strongest forms of evidence in an Illinois DUI case, you may have grounds to challenge the results of a test to determine your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The breathalyzer is the most common type of chemical test, but there are factors that impact reliability.

Improper maintenance or calibration may be an issue. The breathalyzer machines used by police carry a warranty of a limited period of time, but police typically use them long beyond the warranty’s expiration. You can also contest the results if the operator does not have proper credentials or was not properly trained to use the machine.

Talk to an Experienced DUI Defense Attorney About Your Legal Options

Our DUI defense attorneys at Glasgow & Olsson are dedicated to protecting your rights in a drunk driving case. An arrest is not a conviction, so we will be by your side when you get your day in court. If you have questions about Illinois DUI cases and ways to fight the charges, please contact our office at 847-577-8700 or visit us online. Our legal team can set up a consultation to review your situation and develop a legal defense strategy. We serve clients throughout DuPage, McHenry, Cook, and Lake Counties, and we are happy to help with your case.

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Rising Star Attorney Stephanie Olsson

In addition to being named as a 2017 Rising Star and featured as a Top 10 National Academy of Family Law Attorney, Stephanie Olsson has achieved justice for hundreds of clients throughout the Circuit Courts of Cook County, DuPage, McHenry and Lake Counties. She has had immense success at helping her clients get sober, get their driver’s licenses back, and secure a successful future in the wake of criminal charges.

Her experience lies at the intersection of family law, divorce, and DUI/traffic law. She has also defended clients charged with crime in jury trials, bench trials, and at hearings before the Court. For Attorney Olsson, these are not just cases; her number one goal as an attorney is building long-term client relationships and helping her clients achieve their goals. This is an area where she excels and has received praise from the legal community. She deeply cares for others and gives generously to charitable causes throughout Chicagoland.

A persuasive and successful litigator, attorney Olsson captures the respect of clients and peers alike. Indeed, after successfully achieving success in high-net multi-million-dollar property divorces, clients praise her for treating millionaires and working people all with the same respect and attention to detail.

It is a truth universally acknowledged by her clients and her peers that no matter where she shows up, Attorney Olsson is fully equipped to do battle. Marriage settlement and child custody issues have ramifications that can last a lifetime, and Attorney Olsson takes on these cases with diligence and compassion. She understands how the divorce and litigation process works on both sides. Last, but not least, as a nationally ranked attorney, she bestows upon her clients the benefits of her considerable knowledge, experience, and intense personal investment.

If you need help with a legal matter, contact the best. Attorney Stephanie Olsson at Glasgow & Olsson is compassionate, professional, and knowledgeable in many legal areas. Contact us at (847) 577-8700 for a consultation, or visit us online and complete the consultation form.

Choosing the Right Lawyer for Your Complex Case

Protecting your future should be your first priority when facing criminal charges. If you or a loved one is criminally charged for violating the law, being arrested and sent to jail can lead to feelings of helplessness. Fortunately, the process of taking back your freedom begins immediately after you are processed into jail. As a citizen, you have legal rights and you may exercise them when you need to. However, criminal laws are byzantine and the legal process can be complicated for an inexperienced criminal lawyer to navigate. If you want the best-case scenario for yourself or your loved one, consult with an experienced criminal lawyer to protect your rights and your future.

Choose a Criminal Defense Team with a Proven Track Record

When choosing a lawyer to represent you, it is important that you look for a firm with experience handling cases similar to yours. Bringing complex cases to court can be expensive and time consuming. Therefore, choose a firm with the knowledge and experience to handle even the most complex matters. At Glasgow & Olsson, our attorneys have successfully handled numerous criminal cases for our clients. The following are some highlights of our work:

  • State Ethics Found An Illinois Educational Institution Spent $1 Million in Taxpayer Dollars. The Governor's Office of Executive Inspector General alleged that an Illinois Educational Executive and three of his administrators violated ethics requirements by hiring consultants under the wrong classification, keeping them on staff for long after a project ended, and paying them well in excess of allowable limits. Our firm represented one of the administrators accused and due to that representation, she was not ultimately responsible for the improper hiring and spending decisions detailed.
  • All Charges Dismissed in Federal Criminal Case. The United States Government charged the individual in United States District Court with a multiple count felony indictment for allegedly overcharging his employer for services supplied by a company he owned. After extensive litigation and numerous Court appearances ALL charges were dismissed against the client.
  • Schaumburg Woman Convicted of Killing her Disabled Daughter. A woman took her daughter's life by pouring a fatal dose of medication into her feeding tube because she herself was having severe medical problems and feared for her daughter’s safety after her passing. In her defense, our firm cited those health problems in arguing successfully for her release.

At Glasgow & Olsson, We have successfully defended Federal and State criminal charges ranging from DUI, drug possession and battery to corruption and murder charges. Our goal is to defend people who have been charged with a crime and to advocate for those facing complex family matters. Our team is compassionate, professional, and knowledgeable in felony and misdemeanor crimes, family and divorce procedures, and DUI/traffic laws. Illinois residents in the DuPage, McHenry, Cook, and Lake Counties experiencing any of these legal issues should contact us at 847-577-8700 or visit us online and complete the consultation form.