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There are many things that you will need to know about your Chicagoland DUI charges, but not all information is as time-sensitive as some of the first steps that you will need to take in order to set yourself up for a successful or positive outcome.
The police won’t tell you, but: anything that you say or do will be used against you. When they say anything, they mean ANYTHING. Trying to talk your way out of an arrest by begging with the cops, trying to make a deal, or anything else that seems like it might be a good idea at the time will come back to haunt you. Be respectful, provide the license, registration and insurance, comply with lawful requests, and then don’t answer any questions. Refusing a Breathalyzer or chemical testing may result in a license suspension, but not refusing may provide crucial evidence the prosecution will use against you.
Make sure that you do not confuse the differences between a breathalyzer test and a field sobriety test, and then remember that you do not need to submit to a field sobriety test. A field sobriety test is a highly subjective set of tests administered by the officer that includes things like a straight-line test where you will walk heel-to-toe along a straight line, a nystagmus test where you follow the officer’s finger or pen back and forth, and a number of other tests. Taking one of these tests will only add to the evidence against you, as they do not take into account additional information like your anxiety levels, roadside distractions, the subjectivity of the officer, or other important variables.
After a DUI, there are two separate legal matters that go into motion: your criminal charges and an automatic license suspension. In order to hopefully avoid this automatic license suspension you need to take action in the Court as quickly as possible. If you do not take action within a specified time period, you may lose the right to challenge that suspension regardless of whether or not you are ultimately found not guilty or your case is dismissed.
When you show up for your arraignment, you will need to submit a plea in front of a judge. Many times, you will be offered a plea deal that comes with a reduced sentence in exchange for a guilty plea, but it can be difficult to withdraw a guilty plea later on if you realize that the deal you took was suboptimal. We understand the potential options presented and will help you choose the right option to start your case right.
There is no denying that any DUI arrest and charge can be extremely disruptive for your life, both personally and professionally. However, the courts usually treat a first DUI charge less harshly than subsequent arrests, meaning that your attorney may be able to work towards an alternative disposition that can cause much less of a disruption to your life in general. Trying to seek alternatives on your own is extremely difficult.
For impaired driving charges in Chicagoland, get in touch with Melei Petsche Spencer. DUI cases are among the most litigated in courts of Illinois. We have consistently shown successful results in defending our clients from these charges. Our team of lawyers has vast experience and professional expertise in this field.
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