Any criminal allegation can be devastating, but DUI charges are particularly problematic, as they can lead to both standard criminal penalties (such as fines or jail time) and license revocation. The ensuing damage to your criminal record and your driving record can make it difficult to secure and maintain employment. Thankfully, the devastating repercussions associated with DUI charges can be avoided if you work with a highly-regarded law firm such as The Law Office of Oscar H. Brown Jr. Passionate about DUI law, Oscar Brown will fight to ensure your rights are protected in and out of court.
DUI Penalties in Illinois
Repercussions for DUI convictions vary considerably based on the alleged offender’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) at the time of the arrest, as well as his or her criminal record. In some circumstances, penalties can be quite harsh. For a first-time offense, driving privileges are revoked for a minimum of one year. Additional penalties include imprisonment for up to one year and fines of up to $2,500. However, many alleged offenders are able to avoid jail time. A stay behind bars is far more likely for those convicted for a second time, as the minimum sentence is either five days behind bars or 240 hours of community service.
Penalties are particularly harsh for those accused of aggravated DUI. If a crash victim experiences great bodily harm or disfigurement, the accused offender could face up to twelve years in prison, along with fines of up to $25,000. In such cases, it is especially imperative to work with an aggressive DUI attorney, as the right legal representative can achieve reduced charges or a not guilty verdict.
Oscar Brown: Strong DUI Representation
If you have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, it is absolutely essential that you seek counsel from a lawyer you can trust. It is in your best interest to have access to high-quality counsel through all phases of the criminal justice process, including initial questioning. A good lawyer can highlight discrepancies in your criminal case, including mistakes made by law enforcement officials. Breathalyzers are not always correct and field sobriety tests are highly suspect, so do not despair if you face DUI allegations. The Law Office of Oscar H. Brown Jr. will provide the aggressive advocacy needed to bring your case to a close and to get you back behind the wheel.