If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you face daunting criminal penalties that can take away your driving privileges, your job, your reputation and your freedom. You need a criminal defense lawyer who will aggressively represent you and who will fight hard to minimize the DUI penalties you face.
At Glasgow & Olsson, in Schaumburg, Illinois, our lawyers have successfully handled all levels of DUI cases from first-time offenses to felony drunk driving charges. We can help you meet the challenges of a DUI arrest and reduce or eliminate the consequences. Contact a Schaumburg DUI defense attorney at (847) 577-8700 today to discuss your case and legal options.
What Are the DUI Penalties?
DUI penalties depend on a variety of factors such as whether the defendant is a habitual offender, the presence of any aggravating circumstances and the facts and circumstances of the case. Some of these penalties include:
Loss of license: A suspended license may result even if supervision is granted by the Court. A license revocation is automatic for any DUI offender who receives conditional discharge, probation or jail.
- Fines: For a first offense, you could face up to one year in jail and a $2500 fine. Court costs and aggravating circumstances may increase this fine substantially.
- Jail or prison time: First offenses are punishable by up to one year in jail, and felony DUI charges could result in years of prison time. The length of mandatory stay is dependent on the number of DUI arrests you receive and the facts of your case.
- Probation: In some cases, probation may be an alternative to jail time, provided that you stay sober and attend the required alcohol treatment classes.
With subsequent DUI arrests, the penalties increase significantly. For a summary of the possible penalties you face if charged with aggravated DUI, see Thomas Glasgow's Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Sentencing Chart.
To learn more about the possible DUI penalties in your situation and how our attorneys can help you minimize them, contact our Schaumburg law office to schedule your initial consultation. Se habla español. Please call (847) 577-8700.