FIRST TIME DUI
DUPAGE COUNTY, KANE COUNTY AND COOK COUNTY DUI DEFENSE LAWYER
Getting charged with a DUI offense is a scary thing, particularly if it is your first time. Not knowing what to expect can create a great deal of fear, and if you’re left on your own to navigate the unknowns, it only compounds the stressful situation.
It is important to take the charges seriously. The state of Illinois is aggressive in their fight against DUI offenses, so failing to deal with your charges properly can lead to serious consequences. However, you don’t have to go through this alone. Contact Martin & Kent, L.L.C. to obtain advanced legal guidance from one of our DuPage County DUI lawyers.
PENALTIES FOR A FIRST TIME OFFENSE
In Illinois, any kind of impaired driving is considered as a DUI offense – this includes both drugs and alcohol. The severity of your penalties depends on the amount of alcohol in your system. While the legal BAC limit is .08, anything at or above .05 can also result in penalties.
If you were found with a BAC of .16 or higher, this will result in a much more serious sentence. Along with any additional fines or penalties, you may also receive a minimum fine of $500 and a minimum of 100 hours in community service.
What penalties can you expect for a first time offense?
- Up to one year in jail
- A maximum of $2,500 in fines
- A minimum one year license suspension
- Possible community service
It is also important to note that refusing to take a chemical test in Illinois when pulled over automatically results in a one year license suspension.
FIGHTING A FIRST TIME DUI OFFENSE
Obtaining the right defense lawyer can be the difference you need when fighting your DUI charges. With a lawyer from our firm on your side, you can feel confident that you will receive personal and aggressive counsel.
Our lawyers at Martin & Kent, L.L.C. have nearly fifty years of combined experience and are ready to fight on your behalf. Call our firm today to schedule your free consultation!