A DUI is a serious conviction that can have long-term negative effects on your life. It becomes more problematic if it is a second or subsequent charge, or if it is a felony charge as opposed to a misdemeanor charge.
When convicted of a DUI in Schaumburg, as well as throughout the state of Illinois, hiring an experienced, aggressive, and knowledgeable DUI lawyer should be a priority. These attorneys can provide an effective defense that limits the charge, prevents additional charges, and decreases the costs, fines, jail time and community service requirements with the conviction.
What to Expect
It is essential to know that even a misdemeanor DUI charge will result in the revocation of your driver’s license. Not having a driver’s license can make it difficult (or even impossible) to continue to work or to attend college, trade school or other types of training.
Not being able to drive can also decrease your ability to look for other work. It limits where you can live and how you can get around for a significant period of time. Misdemeanor cases also result in fines and the possibility of serving up to a year in jail. A first-time misdemeanor charge for DUI would result in the suspension of the license for six months, with the potential for longer if there were significant injuries or death in the accident.
First-time charges also include up to $2,500 in penalties and up to one year in jail. An experienced DUI lawyer is often able to ensure the maximum criminal and administrative penalties are not imposed in your case.
For those with second and repeat DUI charges, hiring a DUI lawyer is an essential factor to fight the charge or to receive the lowest possible sentence. The penalties for the second misdemeanor offense are the same as for a first conviction, but the suspension of the driver’s license is for five years.
A third or subsequent charge for DUI in Schaumburg is automatically a Class ll felony. A conviction can include up to seven years in jail, a license suspension for a minimum of ten years, and fines of up to $25,000.
A Driver Defense Team, an experienced DUI lawyer will represent you throughout your case.