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Every DUI case is different and so is our approach.

There are many circumstances that affect how complex a DUI or traffic case is, and how they should be handled. Even a conviction for a first-time offense can end up affecting your insurance costs, finances, and, in some cases, your employment opportunities for years.

Our lawyers work with each client to build a custom strategy to get you through the process and build a strong defense.

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First Time DUI

First Time DUI

While many people think the court will be lenient on them for their first DUI that may not be the case. Do not gamble with your future. Contact us to learn how we can help you build a strong defense.
Felony DUI

Felony DUI

While every DUI has severe consequences an aggravated, or felony, DUI is even more serious. On top of having a DUI on your permanent record, you will be a registered felon if convicted.
Underage DUI

DUI Under 21

It is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age to drink in Illinois. Combining this with driving can result in very serious penalties. Being convicted of an underage DUI can follow you for the rest of your life.
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  • "Cary and the firm he works with is one of the best in the industry! Their expertise with the DUI laws allowed me to keep my license and managed to dismiss all moving violations associated with my case. I would trust no other firm with such a charge and best of all they quoted me one fee and stuck to that fee even with added court time. I highly recommend Cary and his firm"
    — Tony
  • "Cary was very understanding and explained everything I could expect in my case. When calling with questions during my case he got back to me quickly and made sure I understood everything. Cary was able to get the minimum sentence for my case and helped get through the process and quickly as possible while making sure I received what I wanted at the outcome. Highly recommend!"
    — Anon
  • "The moment I sat down for my consultation, I knew I was in the right place. Mr. Dohman was very detailed on the process of what could happen. Listed worst case scenario's and we discussed what my goals were for the outcome of the case. Cary walked me through every thing I could do to help my case, and I followed his guidelines. It was teamwork - I did the work he suggested on my end, and he did his work on his end."
    — Former Client
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What Should You Do Immediately After a DUI Arrest?
Every DUI comes with very urgent and time-sensitive aspects that need to be addressed quickly. The most important thing you can do after a DUI arrest is find an experienced lawyer as soon as you can who can file for a DMV hearing right away.

The right attorney can ensure that your driver’s license is not suspended before there has been a formal hearing to challenge your charge and implement all legal defenses we have.
What Are the Penalties for a First-Time DUI in Illinois?
In Illinois, a first time DUI conviction will be categorized as a class A misdemeanor.  This is the highest level of misdemeanor, and comes with a maximum sentence of up to 364 days in jail, up to a $2500 fine, and up to one year of having your drivers' license revoked.

Other factors can increase these penalties. If you had a BAC of .16 or higher there will be additional fines, community service time, and more.

If there was a child under 16 years old in the vehicle, additional potential punishment includes six months of jail, a mandatory $1000 fine, and 25 days of community service. As of January 1, 2019, going the wrong way down a one-way road while intoxicated will automatically qualify as an aggravating factor in DUI sentencing.
How Long Does an Illinois DUI Stay on Your Record?
Illinois' laws are tough on drunk driving. If you are convicted of a DUI it will remain on your record permanently. It is important to keep in mind that there is no way to expunge a DUI conviction from an offender’s record.

As a result of this, the only way a DUI arrest will not leave a permanent mark on your record is for your criminal case to not result in a conviction.
What Blood Alcohol Content Will Get You a DUI?
In Illinois, .08% blood alcohol content can result in you being charged with DUI. In some extenuating circumstances, prosecutors may opt to charge drivers with DUI even when their BAC is below .08%.

If there is evidence of impairment shown from poor or erratic driving or underperforming on field sobriety tests the DA may charge you with DUI regardless of BAC.

A person could be using alcohol and marijuana, or even doctor prescribed medication for example, and have a BAC well below .08 and still find themself facing a life-changing DUI charge.
What is Statutory Suspension in Illinois?
The time period that your license is automatically suspended after a DUI arrest is referred to as the statutory summary suspension.

In Illinois, you have 45 days after an arrest before the suspension period begins. If you take a breathalyzer that resulted in a BAC of .08 this suspension period will be 6 months for first-time offenders. You if get a .08 on a subsequent breathalyzer within 5 years, the statutory summary suspension period will increase to 1 year.
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