Effective Peoria DUI Attorney Preserving Your Driving Privileges
We all know it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, but we are all human and mistakes can happen. If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI, the first thing you should do is contact a competent criminal defense attorney and don’t say anything more than you must to law enforcement officials.
What Penalties Am I Facing?
The harshest potential penalties for a first DUI include up to 30 days in jail, a six-month license suspension, and a $400 fine. The consequences increase in duration and expense with multiple DUIs or if you blew a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) percentage of more than double the legal limit of 0.08.
Should I Submit to a BAC Test at the Scene?
You will be in even more trouble if you refuse to submit to a chemical or BAC test than you face for the DUI charge alone. The penalty for refusing a BAC test the first time is a six-month license suspension, whereas a second or third refusal results in an indefinite suspension. Simply put, refusing a chemical test will not benefit you in any way, as you can still be charged with a DUI without out. The arresting officer just needs to prove there is significant reason to believe you were driving while intoxicated and a judge will typically side with them.
You’re Not Alone
We outline the possible penalties to convey how serious a DUI conviction can be, but there is hope. We have been defending clients against DUI charges for over 40 years and have a very good shot at preventing these consequences from becoming reality. We are often successful in preserving the driving privileges of first-time DUI clients and preventing them from serving any time in jail.
Call us right now to begin the process — you only have 10 days from your arrest to request a DMV administrative hearing in order to prevent your license from being automatically suspended.