DUI Lawyers in Central Illinois
DUI arrest + revoked license + FeldmanWasser = Aggressive criminal defense
Illinois DUI law is very complex and changing constantly. That’s why being arrested for DUI (or DWI) can be stressful and frightening. You’re facing driver’s license suspension for at least six months, plus fines, alcohol education and possible jail time if convicted.
The knowledgeable defense attorneys at FeldmanWasser can explain what to expect when arrested for drunk driving and will look out for your best interests. Since 1987, we’ve been aggressively protecting the rights of those accused of drinking and driving throughout central Illinois.
In Illinois, if your blood-alcohol level exceeds 0.08 percent, you’re considered driving under the influence of alcohol. Other factors such as driving under the influence of drugs or a combination of substances can also lead to a DUI charge and arrest.
Revoked License and Administrative Hearing
If you’re convicted of DUI, the Illinois Secretary of State will revoke your license. You may then apply for reinstatement of your license or a restricted driving permit (RDP). In this administrative hearing, you’ll need to show you’re a good candidate to get your license back.
If we can demonstrate it should be reinstated, you may be granted a limited-privilege license that allows you to drive to work, medical appointments, and alcohol education classes. A breath-alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) will be put in your car. (You have to pay for its installation and rental plus the monitoring fee.) After you’ve driven on a permit successfully for a period of time, we’ll help you apply for the full reinstatement of your driver’s license.
If this is your first DUI charge, you may qualify for court supervision. That means if you pay your fines, attend the required alcohol education classes, and complete other often imposed requirements to successfully complete the supervision, you’ll avoid license revocation and a conviction. Only first-time offenders may request court supervision.
If you’re convicted of a DUI charge a second, third or fourth time, the penalties are significantly steeper. At FeldmanWasser, our DUI defense lawyers advocate relentlessly for repeat offenders by seeking a resolution that limits loss of driving privileges and damage to their lives.
Representation of Out-of-State Clients
In 45 states, Departments of Motor Vehicles share information. If you have a driver’s license from another state but receive a DUI conviction in Illinois, the Illinois Secretary of State will revoke your driving privileges in the state and put “a flag” in the system. When it’s time to renew your driver’s license months or years later, your home state may request clearance from Illinois.
The criminal defense lawyers at FeldmanWasser have decades of experience helping both out-of-state and former Illinois residents renew their driver’s licenses by addressing the administrative suspension with the Illinois Secretary of State.