Facing DUI charges after the holidays? Know your rights

Even when you know you shouldn’t get behind the wheel, it can be easy to give in to the temptation to drive while intoxicated. Maybe home is only a few blocks away, or you tell yourself you will have no trouble operating a vehicle. However, police throughout the state of Illinois were on the lookout for anyone who was driving under the influence this holiday season. The legal limit in Illinois is 0.08, which, for most people, means they can be pulled over and arrested for drunk driving after only a few drinks.

With the holidays just behind us, many people in Chicago may have found themselves with an arrest on their record and are now facing the prospect of additional punishment.

An arrest for DUI or DWI can bring serious and long-term penalties. You may face probation or jail time, and your driver’s license can be revoked. In addition, authorities may install an ignition interlock device into your vehicle. In this case, you must blow into the device before driving. If your blood alcohol content is higher than 0.02, the ignition interlock will not allow you to start your car.

Facing a DUI is a scary experience, but it is important to remember that not all charges result in convictions. If you have been arrested for a DUI or DWI, it is important to understand your rights and be familiar with the legal process. You should be knowledgeable about all information related to your case, including the amount you had to drink and the reason you were pulled over. Reviewing police reports about the incident and understanding the charges directed against you is a vital step in this process, and working with an attorney can help ensure that you understand all documents, protect your rights and help you minimize the consequences of your arrest.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Police out in force for New Year’s Eve,” Robert Duffer, Dec. 31, 2013