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Answering Your Illinois DUI Frequently Asked Questions

When legal challenges arise, time is not a luxury – it’s a critical factor. I’m attorney Peter George O’Connor, and from the moment you find yourself facing criminal charges, know that I’m here to guide you through every step of your defense. I believe in making my clients feel comfortable and confident in their legal representation.

At PGO Law Firm in New Lenox, my goal is not just to represent you, but to partner with you in navigating the legal system. And when it comes to results, my track record speaks for itself, I fight tirelessly to achieve the most favorable outcome for each client.

I understand how overwhelming and confusing it can be to face a DUI charge, whether this is your first time facing the criminal justice system or your third. My goal is to help answer your questions so that you feel confident and comfortable throughout every step of your case.

How Long Will A DUI Stay On My Record?

In Illinois, a DUI conviction is not a fleeting mark; it is a permanent one. Our state does not offer a lookback period, meaning a DUI will stay on your criminal record indefinitely. This lasting impact underscores the importance of a solid defense from the start of your case.

What Are Possible Defenses To A DUI Charge?

Every DUI case is unique, and the defenses available reflect that. From challenging the legality of the initial traffic stop to questioning the accuracy of the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measurements, a variety of strategies can be employed. If you were not driving or in control of the vehicle, that is another way to show your innocence. As your attorney, I will meticulously review every detail to identify the strongest defense for your case.

Will I Lose My License?

A DUI arrest in Illinois can lead to the suspension or revocation of your driving privileges. The duration of the license suspension depends on several factors, including whether you are a first time or repeat offender. For commercial drivers, a DUI can be career-altering, potentially resulting in the loss of your commercial driver’s license.

Can I Say No To A Roadside Sobriety Test?

In Illinois, you legally have the right to refuse a field sobriety test. However, refusing a roadside sobriety test comes with its own set of consequences. While you have the right to decline, such a refusal can impact your case and is likely to result in a license suspension for one to three years, depending on your circumstances. If you refused a field sobriety test, I can help protect your rights.

What Should I Do Immediately After A DUI Arrest?

The first steps following a DUI arrest are crucial. It is essential to remain calm, exercise your right to remain silent and contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Prompt action can make a significant difference in the development of your defense.

Ready To Defend Your Rights?

Don’t let a DUI define your future. Reach out to me by calling 630-912-5051 or by completing my online contact form to schedule your free consultation. Let me help answer your questions and start building your defense today.