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DUI Frequently Asked Questions

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If you were recently charged with a DUI offense, you may have questions about the conviction process or what penalties you could be facing. Fortunately, you are not alone in this time! A DuPage County DUI lawyer from our firm can guide you through the process. Take a look at some of our frequently asked questions below or give Martin & Kent, L.L.C. a call for more information. Our firm is happy to provide you with personalized legal counsel through a free consultation.

What is blood alcohol level?
Blood alcohol level (BAC) refers to the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream. In Illinois, the legal BAC is .08. The amount of alcohol it takes to get to this level varies from person to person, based on things like bodyweight and the time period in which the alcohol is consumed.

Can I refuse to take a Breathalyzer?
Refusing to take a Breathalyzer will automatically result in a one year license suspension. Unfortunately, if your DUI charge is proven, refusal to take the test could result in further penalties.

If I am charged with a DUI, will I lose my license?
The minimum license suspension for a DUI offense is one year. However, if this is your second or third offense, driving privileges are revoked for a minimum of five years.

I am under 21 and was charged with a DUI. Now what?
This depends on how many offenses you've been charged with. If it is your first offense, you will lose driving privileges for a minimum of two years, receive a maximum fine of $2,500, and be charged with possible imprisonment for up to one year. After a first offense, the charges become much more severe.

What happens if I transport an alcoholic beverage illegally?
If you've been found illegally transporting alcoholic beverages, it is still considered a serious offense. You may be fined a maximum of $1,000, a violation will be entered on your record, and a second conviction within the year will result in suspension of your driver's license.

I think I am going to simply plead guilty. Do I still need a lawyer?
Yes. It is never a bad thing to have a lawyer on your side. A lawyer representing your case can work to reduce your sentence and help guide your future decisions.

What will happen to my insurance after being charged with a DUI?
It is more than likely that your insurance rates will increase significantly after a DUI charge. If your insurer does decide to drop you because of the conviction, you will need to look for a new insurance company willing to offer you insurance.

If you want legal help on your side in fighting your DUI conviction, give us a call today !