DUI Penalties

McHenry County Attorney Experienced in Drunk Driving Cases

DUI is a serious criminal offense that can result in life-changing consequences.

DUI lawyer Robert H. Hanaford in McHenry County, Chicago, represents people throughout Illinois who have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as a variety of other crimes.

Mr. Hanaford is committed to building the strongest possible defense for the defendants whom he assists.

Mr. Hanaford has been certified through the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) Standard Field Sobriety Testing course. This is the same program in which all qualified DUI police officers receive training. NHTSA sets the national standard for administering field sobriety tests that police officers are expected to follow—but often do not.

Common Penalties for DUI Offenses

Whether you are a first-time or repeat offender, a DUI conviction typically carries penalties like fines, a license suspension, and potentially time behind bars. These consequences will vary, based on factors like the driver’s age, blood alcohol content level, and any prior DUI history. The penalties are enhanced for truckers and drivers of other commercial vehicles, as well as for people who are found to be drunk while transporting children. A driver who injures another person in a DUI crash also faces additional felony charges.

A first-time DUI offender will have his or her driving privileges revoked for one year (two if the person is under 21) and will face fines of as much as $2,500 and up to one year in jail. For second convictions, the license suspension extends to five years. These convictions also include a mandatory five days in jail or 240 hours of community service. A driver who is convicted of three separate DUIs will lose his or her license to operate a vehicle for 10 years. Driving privileges are revoked for life in the event of a fourth conviction.

The good news for defendants is that changes to state laws now allow some drivers to apply for restricted or monitored device driving permits. These permits allow the person to drive only a vehicle that is equipped with a breath alcohol ignition interlock device. A BAIID forces a driver to take a breath test before he or she can start the car. The device prevents the engine from starting if the driver registers more than a predetermined blood alcohol content in the breath test. It also requires the driver to complete other breath tests throughout the course of a trip.

Consult a DUI Lawyer in McHenry County, Chicago or Beyond

Given the stakes involved, it is important that a person charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving, Robert H. Hanaford DUI attorney in McHenry County, Chicago can help.

Mr. Hanaford has been fighting on behalf of his neighbors in the community for more than three decades. He can navigate you through the legal process and aggressively fight the charges against you. From offices in Chicago and Mchenry County, our firm proudly serves people in Lake in the Hills, Woodstock, Cary, Crystal Lake, Algonquin, McHenry, and other areas of McHenry County. We also represent defendants in Cook, Kane, and Lake Counties, such as in Arlington Heights, Elgin, Palatine, and Barrington. You can Contact us online, reach the Chicago office at (312) 899-9020, or reach the McHenry County office at (847) 516-5297.

For emergencies or to set up a Free Consultation with a drunk driving attorney in McHenry County or Chicago, call Mr. Hanaford’s cell phone at (312) 636-4807.