DUI Defense

Drunk Driving Defense Attorney Serving McHenry County and Beyond

A skilled litigator and an accomplished negotiator, McHenry County DUI lawyer Robert H. Hanaford represents people who have been charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Mr. Hanaford is a former elected official who has been working on behalf of his neighbors in the community for more than three decades. He has dedicated his career to guiding clients through the legal process and working to protect their rights and interests. Illinois residents who need a criminal defense attorney can enlist his assistance in fighting any type of charge.

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.

Fighting a DUI Charge in Illinois

Driving under the influence refers to operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs to the extent that you are not able to drive safely. The maximum blood alcohol content permitted for drivers in Illinois is 0.08 percent. A person whose BAC is below this level may still be charged with a DUI if he or she is deemed too impaired to drive.

DUI is a serious crime in Illinois, and it comes with the possibility of significant punishments. A person who is convicted of DUI automatically loses his or her driver’s license for one year, but he or she can apply for a special permit that allows for operating a car that has an ignition interlock device installed. A BAIID forces a driver to take a breath test before being able to operate a vehicle and subjects the driver to rolling tests throughout the course of each trip. A first-time DUI offender also faces a maximum $2,500 fine and up to one year in jail.

The high stakes involved in DUI cases mean that a person charged with driving under the influence should consult an experienced McHenry County DUI attorney as soon in the process as possible. Taking this proactive approach will help you understand the charges against you, consider your rights and options, and explore all possible defenses.

There are a number of legal defenses that may be available to a person charged with DUI. Many cases come down to whether the police had a good reason to pull over the driver in the first place and enough proof to charge him or her with DUI. If they did not, any evidence obtained after the traffic stop or arrest is likely to be thrown out, usually ending the case.

In order to pull over a car, a police officer must have “reasonable suspicion” to believe that the driver may have committed a traffic infraction or crime. That suspicion could come from dangerous driving behaviors like swerving, speeding, or driving with missing taillights. If the officer has reason to suspect that a driver is under the influence, the officer may ask the driver to submit to a field sobriety test or breathalyzer. You have the right to refuse to submit to either a field sobriety or breathalyzer test. If the officer has probable cause to believe that someone has been driving under the influence, however, the officer still may arrest the driver for DUI.

After an arrest, you are required to submit to a chemical breath, blood, or urine test to check for drugs and alcohol. If you refuse this test, you are likely to have your license suspended for at least one year under Illinois’ implied consent law.

Seek Guidance from a DUI Lawyer in McHenry County

If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving, McHenry County DUI lawyer Robert H. Hanaford can help. Mr. Hanaford is a seasoned lawyer who vigorously advocates for the people whom he represents. He can assist defendants in Crystal Lake, Cary, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, McHenry, Woodstock, Fox River Grove, and other areas of McHenry County. He also represents people facing charges in Palatine, Arlington Heights, Elgin, and Barrington, among other communities in Cook, Kane, and Lake Counties. To schedule a free consultation, you can call Mr. Hanaford’s cell phone at (312) 636-4807. You can also contact us online, call the Chicago office at (312) 899-9020, or call the McHenry County office at (847) 516-5297.