With over three decades of experience, McHenry County repeat DUI attorney Robert H. Hanaford represents people who have been charged with drunk driving and many other offenses. His experience in the courtroom and at the negotiating table helps Mr. Hanaford give clients an honest assessment of their cases and craft strategies tailored to their circumstances. He carefully guides the people whom he represents through the criminal justice process, keeping them aware of their rights and options at each step of the way while fighting to get charges dropped or reduced whenever possible.
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.Penalties for Repeat DUI Offenders
A DUI charge is a serious situation with potentially significant consequences for anyone, and especially for a driver who has previously been convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A person convicted of a second DUI will have his or her driving privileges limited (at least) for five years following the last conviction. The driver also faces a mandatory minimum of five days in jail or 240 hours of community service. In addition, the court may impose thousands of dollars in penalties, depending on the circumstances. The penalties increase for each additional DUI conviction. A person convicted of DUI four times loses his or her driving privileges for life.Ignition Interlock Devices
A recent change in state law is intended to allow people convicted of DUI to retain their ability to drive to and from work and for other purposes, while also keeping the roads safe for the general public. Second-time DUI offenders used to automatically lose their driver’s licenses for five years. For third-time offenders, the revocation period is 10 years. In some cases, however, drivers can apply for permission to continue to operate a car as long as the vehicle is equipped with a device to monitor their alcohol consumption.
A breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) forces a driver to take a breath test before he or she can start the car. The BAIID blocks 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. In these rolling tests, the device alerts the driver if he or she has registered a blood alcohol content above the limit and slowly turns the engine off until the driver passes another test.Discuss Your Repeat DUI Charge with a McHenry County Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving, McHenry County repeat DUI lawyer Robert H. Hanaford can help. Mr. Hanaford understands how prosecutors tend to handle these cases, and he knows how to build the strongest possible legal defense for the clients whom he represents. He also works aggressively to reduce the impact of a conviction by helping clients try to get their driving privileges restored. From offices in Chicago and Fox River Grove, Mr. Hanaford represents people in Lake in the Hills, Woodstock, Cary, Crystal Lake, Algonquin, McHenry, and other areas of McHenry County. He also can assist defendants in Arlington Heights, Palatine, Elgin, and Barrington, among other communities in Cook, Kane and Lake Counties. 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 with a drunk driving attorney, call Mr. Hanaford’s cell phone at (312) 636-4807.