Robert H. Hanaford is a McHenry County first-time DUI lawyer who represents people who have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Illinois. He has guided people through the legal process with experience, respect, and compassion for more than 30 years, working diligently to get charges dropped or reduced whenever possible. Mr. Hanaford is committed to keeping clients fully apprised of their rights and options at each step of the way.
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 Charges of First-Time DUI in Illinois
Illinois law makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle if your blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent or higher. A person whose BAC is between 0.05 and 0.08 percent may also be charged with DUI if the circumstances indicate that he or she is too impaired to drive. The penalties for driving under the influence vary, but typically they include a license suspension, a fine of up to $2,500, and potentially as long as a year in jail. This is why it is vital that a person charged with DUI consult an experienced McHenry County first-time DUI lawyer as soon as possible in order to start building his or her case.
A police officer must have reasonable suspicion that you have committed a traffic offense or another crime in order to pull over your car. The officer must also have a reasonable suspicion that you have been drinking in order to ask you to submit to a breathalyzer test to measure your blood alcohol content. To actually arrest you and charge you with DUI, moreover, the officer must have probable cause to believe that you have been drinking and driving. Police usually use breathalyzer results, field test results, and other evidence, like a smell of alcohol, slurred speech, and blurry eyes, to establish probable cause.
Drivers – especially those who have never been charged with DUI – need to understand that you do not need to agree to take a breathalyzer test unless and until you are arrested and charged with DUI. Even at that point, you can refuse to take a breath, blood, or urine chemical test. However, it is important to keep in mind that refusing a chemical test after an arrest means your driver’s license will be automatically suspended for one year.
One of the strongest defenses that many drivers have in DUI cases is that the police did not have reasonable grounds either to pull the car over in the first place or to ask the driver to submit to a breathalyzer test. If a judge agrees, the court will typically throw out any evidence obtained after that time.Protect Your Rights by Consulting a First-Time DUI Lawyer in McHenry County
Dedicated to protecting the rights of criminal defendants, McHenry County first-time DUI attorney Robert H. Hanaford has been representing people charged with drunk driving for more than three decades. He understands how to build the strongest possible defense for the people whom he represents. With offices in Chicago and Fox River Grove, our firm proudly serves residents of Lake in the Hills, Woodstock, Cary, Crystal Lake, Algonquin, McHenry, and other areas of McHenry County. We also represent people who need a drunk driving attorney in Cook, Kane, and Lake Counties, including in Arlington Heights, Palatine, Elgin, 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 and to set up a free consultation, call Mr. Hanaford’s cell phone at (312) 636-4807.