As Bars and Restaurants Reopen in Illinois, DUI Arrests Will Increase

John runs a mid-sized marketing firm in Schaumburg. The shutdown and related economic downturn have hurt his business severely. Many of his clients are fellow small business owners who cut off their advertising budgets in an attempt to survive this financial crisis. At several points during the last few months, John feared he would need to file for bankruptcy. The last few months have been the most stressful in his life.

When his high school friend texted him and asked if he wanted to grab a drink, John enthusiastically agreed. He had not been to a restaurant in ages, and he wanted to celebrate Chicago allowing restaurants to reopen at 25% capacity. The friends found a bar that was reopening, and John enjoyed three drinks. He left the bar feeling optimistic about his future, only to be pulled over by a police officer minutes later. Now, he is facing his first DUI charge.

As Bars and Restaurants Reopen, DUI Arrests Will Likely Increase

Illinois residents have been cooped up in their homes for months. Many of them have lost their jobs or have had their salaries cut significantly. Domestic strife has also created tension among spouses, parents, and children. Many of us will be jumping at the chance to safely go to a bar or restaurant and enjoy a nice meal with our loved ones.

As more people venture out and visit restaurants in Chicago, we may see an increase in DUI arrests. In some cases, people will be so excited to get out that they may not pay as much attention to their level of intoxication. It will be easier for people to let their guard down and get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Facing a First-Time DUI Charge

If you are facing a first-time DUI charge after making a mistake, you are likely extremely concerned. At Glasgow & Olsson, we know that all of us have made mistakes. A simple error in judgment should not ruin your life. Working with an experienced lawyer will help you protect your rights and fight your DUI charges.

A first-time DUI conviction is a misdemeanor in Illinois. A conviction carries the following penalties:

  • A maximum jail sentence of 364 days in jail, and
  • Six months in jail when the defendant had a passenger under the age of 16 in the vehicle with him or her
  • Fines ranging up to $2,500
  • Community service
  • A license suspension of up to one year
  • Completion of a substance abuse evaluation

Contact Our Experienced Schaumburg DUI Lawyers

If you are facing a first-time DUI charge in Illinois, Glasgow & Olsson can help. We have extensive experience representing clients in DUI charges. We know all of the tactics that prosecutors use to secure a conviction. We also know how to negotiate on your behalf and protect your constitutional rights. Contact our Schaumburg DUI defense lawyers as soon as possible to schedule your initial consultation.

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