Chicago DUI Attorney
What is the Cost of a DUI in Illinois?
While many people know that the fines associated with DUI convictions are expensive, few realize just how costly these penalties are until they are horrified by their empty bank accounts. Even being charged with just a first-time conviction for driving under the influence will often result in a fine of over $10,000, and multiple convictions will cost even more. In addition to the fees that the court dictates, however, there are many other financial costs as well which the defendant must usually pay.
Some of the associated costs that result because of a DUI can include:
- Legal fees
- Costs of drug addiction and alcohol management courses
- Fees for counseling
- DMV class and application costs
- Expensive insurance premiums
Have you recently been accused of driving under the influence? Whether this is a first-time charge, or you have had multiple charges, it is crucial to know that your liberty and your way of life are in jeopardy. The financial costs alone of a DUI conviction are often excruciatingly high. However, there are many other consequences as well. In certain cases, you could be incarcerated for many months in jail or even years in prison; in other situations, you can have your license suspended or revoked. Either way, you will likely lose your current job and be denied access to future careers.
To protect your rights after a DUI charge, you should consult with DRD Law, LLC immediately. Our Chicago DUI lawyer is ready to get started on establishing a powerful defense against the accusations made against you.
Consequences in Terms of Your Driver’s License
In addition to being subjected to harsh financial problems, there are many other penalties you will need to bear if you have been convicted of a DUI. In the state of Illinois, the law provides for what is known as an “automatic suspension” of your license for driving. Also known as a “statutory summary” suspension, you will receive this harsh penalty even if it turns out your criminal case was unjustly charged. If you are over the age of 21, your license could be out of commission for up to 12 months. Without a powerful attorney to help you obtain and successfully win a hearing within the 90-day window of your arrest, you could lose your driving privileges, severely affecting your livelihood as well.
If you plead guilty or do not contest a DUI charge of alcohol or controlled substances, you are letting the court take away your life and liberty. In addition to the harsh fines and suspension or revoking of your license, you could face prison time. Even those who are not incarcerated often have their professional or academic licenses removed. It is impossible to fight these complex situations without a powerful Chicago DUI attorney by your side.