DuPage County Attorneys for DUI Accident Defense
Chicagoland Aggravated DUI Defense Lawyers
No matter what the circumstances may be, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) is a serious offense. Even a first conviction can lead to difficulties with keeping your job, staying in school, and maintaining your livelihood. Such impacts are in addition the potential criminal penalties associated with a conviction, including possible prison time and costly fines. The situation can become even more serious when the operation of motor vehicle under the influence leads to an auto accident causing significant bodily injury or death. This can result in charges of aggravated DUI, increasing the potential penalties and long-term impacts. At the Davi Law Group, we understand the challenges inherent to aggravated DUI charges and are committed to helping you protect your future.
DUI as Proximate Cause
Under the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code, charges for aggravated DUI may be brought against an individual whose violation of driving under the influence was the proximate cause of the sustained injuries. Additionally, if the injured party is a child under 16, any injury can lead to the elevation of the DUI charges. In most cases, aggravated DUI is prosecutable as a Class 4 felony, and a conviction carries a prison sentence of up to three years, with a minimum of ten days or 480 hours of community service, and up to $25,000 in fines. As with all DUI convictions, it also carries a mandatory driver’s license suspension of one year for a first offense and five years for a second offense.
Following an accident causing serious injury or death, if there is probable cause (reason) to suspect DUI was a factor, law enforcement is required to request a breath, blood or urine test for blood alcohol content (BAC). Refusal to submit to chemical testing will result in the statutory summary suspension of driving privileges for at least one year.
Responsible, Affordable Legal Counsel for DUI with Accident or Injury
When you have been arrested on charges of aggravated DUI, the attorney you choose can certainly make a difference in the outcome of your case. At the Davi Law Group, our attorneys are prepared to immediately go to work on your behalf, investigating the circumstances of your arrest and uncovering all of the relevant details. If a field sobriety test or breathalyzer was performed incorrectly, we will fight to have the results thrown out. If your rights were compromised in any way, we will do everything in our power to have the charges against you completely dismissed.
However, we also realize that in many cases, full dismissal of the charges is not possible. In such situations, we understand the importance of negotiating with prosecutors to find creative and effective solutions to your case. We will explore all available alternatives to prosecution, including alcohol treatment regimens and diversionary programs to help minimize the negative impact on your life.
If you have been charged with DUI in conjunction with an accident or personal injury, contact our office today. The Davi Law Group offers free get-to-know-you consultations so you can meet our team and discuss your legal options. Call 630-580-6373 to schedule an appointment at one of our four convenient office locations. We are proud to serve the greater Chicagoland area, including DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will, and Cook Counties.