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IL defense lawyerAfter being charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, many people feel as though they have little to no chance of avoiding a conviction. Some people wrongly assume that a DUI conviction will come with limited ramifications, and are simply okay with taking the punishment for the crime they committed. In all reality, both assertions are far from the truth, a DUI conviction can drastically change a person’s life, but in some cases, a conviction can be avoided. If you have been charged with driving under the influence, it is time to seek out the help of a knowledgeable attorney.

The Ramifications of a DUI

In the state of Illinois, over 20,000 drivers are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, each and every year. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, approximately 90% of all eligible drivers convicted of a DUI, lost their driving privileges. In truth though, a DUI can impact much more than your ability to drive. A first-time DUI offender will face Class A Misdemeanor charges, fines as high $2,500, and even potential jail time. It should also be noted that there are a number of factors that can elevate your DUI to an aggravated DUI and result in felony rather than misdemeanor charges. If convicted, a conviction of this magnitude can impact your ability to secure housing, employment, and loan opportunities.

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IL DUI lawyerIf you have been charged with a DUI in Illinois, one of the first things you should do is find a criminal defense lawyer that can help with your case. There are many in Lombard, and you certainly need to make sure you are hiring the right one. Asking certain questions can help you determine which lawyer is right for you, so it is important to know which ones to ask. While you will certainly have questions of your own that pertain to your case, below are others that you want to ask any attorney you are considering hiring and the answers to them that you want to hear.

How Much of Your Practice is Dedicated to DUI Law?

Many criminal defense lawyers will take on DUI cases. However, you want a lawyer that makes DUI one of their main focuses. These attorneys are more likely to remain up to date with any changes in DUI law, and they will have a better understanding of the best trial defenses to use, as well as plea bargaining options. Although you should not base your decision solely on which attorney has more experience with DUI cases and you should also consider the quality of the lawyer’s work, this is still an important question to ask.

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