When you are charged with a DUI in Illinois, you face serious legal consequences. Even for a first offense, you may find yourself looking at up to one year in jail, fines of up to $2,500, a 1 year license suspension, and the installation of an ignition interlock device on your car. But just because you were arrested on DUI does not mean that there are not ways to reduce or beat charges leveled against you.
SOME WAYS TO BEAT A DUI IN ILLINOIS
There are four main points in a DUI stop and arrest. If you can prove that there is a legal problem with the DUI case or that you were not driving under the influence, you can effectively clear your name. If any of these apply to your case, then it may be possible to have your case dismissed or have your charges reduced.
Some of the ways to beat a DUI are:
- Showing that the officer did not have a legitimate reason to pull your car over
- Challenge the physical signs that may indicate drunkenness by highlighting a medical condition or mouthwash usage that may have caused the officer to arrest you
- Prove that the field sobriety tests were not valid or that external factors led to test inaccuracy
- Question the results of a breath or blood test. Our firm recently highlighted some of the ways that these tests can be challenged in last week’s blog post.
These are only some of the things that can go wrong in a DUI stop that could make a difference if your case. Even if you have been convicted of a DUI, having charges reduced may be able to help ensure that you do not face a lifetime of consequences for the arrest.
If you are facing a DUI charge, hire a reliable DUI defense attorney from our firm. Martin & Kent, L.L.C., has over 42 years of criminal law experience with over 10,000 cases under our belt. Give our firm a call for the best possible representation in your DUI case.