Chicago DUI Attorney
Facing a DUI or Statutory Suspension in Chicago? Have you been charged with a DUI aka Driving Under the Influence? Our Chicago DUI Attorneys will make sure that your rights, driving privileges, and liberty are protected. Having handled hundreds of DUI cases in Cook County we have won cases against the prosecutor many times and that gives us special insight and knowledge to help you win your case.
In the State of Illinois, a DUI is a very serious offense. If you register a .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) from a breathalyzer or blood test, you can be charged. You can also be charged with a DUI if there is evidence of driving under the influence of drugs.
Conviction of a DUI charge can lead to expensive fines, losing your driver’s license or even jail time. Don’t risk a harsh penalty with a lawyer who lacks experience in defending DUI cases or a lawyer who will not give your case personal attention. The MAJ Law Firm is committed to your best interests and prides itself on providing the specialized, in-depth attention you deserve.
How to know if you need a Chicago DUI Attorney
- the unlawful stop of a person or vehicle
- the unlawful detention of a person
- the inaccuracy of field sobriety tests
- the invalidity of non-standardized field sobriety tests
- breath testing
- interfering substances
- blood testing
- retrograde extrapolations
- post-driving absorption of alcohol
- expressed or implied consent laws
- license suspension with any Department of Motor Vehicles
- administrative hearings
- ignition interlock devices
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Why You Need a Good Chicago DUI Attorney
Each DUI case is different from the arrest to the charge. The police may have conducted an illegal stop, or they may have conducted the sobriety or breathalyzer test incorrectly. The MAJ Law Firm understands the ins and outs of proper police procedures and the technical requirements necessary for the State to prove its case. We will leave no stone uncovered in defending your case knowledgeably and aggressively.
It is common in DUI cases that the prosecutor will offer a plea bargain. A plea bargain means a defendant agrees to plead “guilty” in exchange for a specific sentence or lesser charge. Even though plea bargains are common, it does not mean they are right for everyone. The question of whether or not to accept a plea bargain is a difficult one. The answer is different for every defendant depending upon the facts and direction of the case.
The Chicago DUI Attorney's in our office understands the complexities of plea bargains and can help determine if a plea bargain is right for you. Our Chicago DUI Lawyers experience means we knows how prosecutors think, and we have personal insight to help you make the best choices. Whether you are facing a plea negotiation or a trial, our Chicago DUI Attorney can help you win your case.
Call The Firm today for a confidential and free consultation about your DUI case. We will fight for you and your rights.
To schedule a consultation with a dedicated Chicago criminal defense attorney, call 773-219-0373
The presence of drugs typically is measured through urinalysis or a blood sample.
Drugged Driving according to Illinois state law
While it's harder to prosecute drivers charged with driving under the influence of drugs, rather than alcohol, Here in Illinois we have what is known as "per se" drugged driving laws. That means that the DUI laws here in Chicago make it illegal to operate any motor vehicle with any detectable amount of certain drugs in your system.
Impairing Effects of Different Illegal Drugs
- Marijuana: Relaxation, euphoria, disorientation, altered time and space perception, drowsiness, paranoia, image distortion, increased heart rate.
- Cocaine: Euphoria, excitation, dizziness, increased focus and alertness (initially), confusion and disoriented behavior, irritability, paranoia, aggressiveness, increased heart rate.
- Methamphetamine: Euphoria, excitation, hallucinations, delusions, insomnia, poor impulse control, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure.
- Morphine & Heroin: Intense euphoria, drowsiness, relaxation, sedation, disconnectedness, mental clouding, analgesia, depressed heart rate, nausea and vomiting, diminished reflexes.
- LSD: Hallucinations, altered mental state, delusions, impaired depth, time and space perception, hypertension, tremors.
Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs
Some drugs legally purchased at a pharmacy, whether they're prescribed by a doctor or bought over-the-counter (OTC), can be just as dangerous for motorists as alcohol and can trigger a DUI. Look for warning labels or ask your pharmacist if you are in doubt about a drug's capacity for impairment.
Below are some common prescription and OTC drugs that can impair drivers:
- Antidepressants: Some sedating antidepressants cause impairment similar to drunk driving.
- Valium: 10 mg of the popular tranquilizer can cause impairment similar to having a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.10 percent.
- Antihistamines: Many of them slow reaction time and impair coordination.
- Decongestants: Many over-the-counter decongestants can cause drowsiness, anxiety, and dizziness.
- Sleeping Pills: Even in the morning, the residual effects of these drugs can impair drivers.
- Hydrocodone: This common pain reliever, the main component of Vicodin, is similar to opiates and causes impairment similar to morphine and codeine (oxycodone has similar effects).
Motorists that are using medical marijuana with a valid doctor's recommendation may still be charged with a DUI. If the arresting officer has obtained enough evidence of marijuana impairment, an otherwise valid medical exemption may not be used as a defense. In this regard, medical marijuana is no different than other prescription drugs with the potential for impairment.
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