Cook County DUI Attorney
The penalties for a DUI are severe in Illinois, and prosecutors aggressively pursue convictions. Depending on the specific case, a DUI may be charged as either a Class A misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor DUI can result in up to a year in jail and a $2500 fine, a suspended license and expensive court costs and other mandated fees. If you were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is advisable to hire a highly experienced and effective DUI attorney with a successful track. Attorney Martin LaScola of Gardi & Haught, Ltd. represents clients in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Will and McHenry counties.
Statutory Summary Suspension
In many cases, but not always, a first DUI offense will be charged as a misdemeanor. The DUI charge will result in an automatic driver’s license suspension that may range from six months to three years. This is known as the Statutory Summary Suspension, and it occurs 46 days after the arrest. Drivers who consent to the breath, blood or urine test and who have a Blood Alcohol Content Level (BAC) of .08 or higher, or test positive for cannabis or other drug, if first time offenders, fall into this category and face a suspension of six months. Drivers who refuse to submit to the tests will face an automatic 12 month license suspension, and depending on the circumstances the suspension, this may last up to three years.
In Illinois, the term “first-offender” has a specific legal definition and whether you fall into this category or not is of great importance in your case. Attorney LaScola will discuss this with you in detail.
Monitored Device Driving Permit
The Monitored Device Driving Permit, or MDDP, permits driving after a 30 day suspension if a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device is installed in your vehicle and if other requirements are met. This is a desirable result for many drivers who would otherwise lose their driving privileges. Attorney LaScola will discuss this option if it applies to you.
Schaumburg DUI Attorney
It is essential to retain a credible, effective Chicago DUI Lawyer who is committed to protecting your rights and who will fight on your behalf to obtain the most favorable results possible. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Martin LaScola has a great advantage representing DUI clients, as he understands the prosecution’s legal strategies that may be utilized against you. He has represented thousands of clients in DUI, traffic, speeding, criminal and other cases. To schedule an appointment to discuss your case, contact Attorney Martin LaScola at 773-655-5544.