First Offense

First Offense DUI Attorney in Will County

Aggressive DWI Defense for First-Time Offenders

Every year thousands of Illinois drivers are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). Some of these arrests are from drunk drivers that were truly irresponsible. However, some can be arrested and charged with a DUI or DWI having little or no alcohol in their system. Being convicted of a DUI, even if it’s your first time, could result in serious penalties in the form of heavy fines, jail time, and a suspended license. At PGO Law Firm, we know how easily and quickly you can be unexpectedly pulled over by the police despite feeling well behind the wheel. If a routine traffic stop led to you facing a DUI charge, you need a tough first offense DUI lawyer that will look out for you. 

Our lead attorney Peter O’Connor has been a practicing criminal defense attorney for years and is certified in several different areas crucial to defending DWI first offenders such as being a member of NACDL (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), NCDD (National College of DUI Defense), and having training in field sobriety testing. 

It’s important to remember that a DUI or DWI charge is not the same as a conviction. The law allows you the opportunity to defend against the accusations. With the help of an experienced DUI attorney, you can help your chances of reducing the charges or dismissing them completely. 

To learn more about how Attorney Peter O’Connor can help you, contact us at (630) 448-8878 or use our simple online form to request a free consultation. Hablamos español.

DUI Penalties for First Timers in Will, DuPage, & Kane Counties

Even for a first-time offender, the penalties for a DUI are severe. The scope of these penalties depends on the circumstances of the incident, your age, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), and if any accidents occurred that caused a death or injury.

First-time offenders of a DUI or DWI in Illinois can face:

  • Fines up to $1,000
  • Up to 1 year in jail.
  • 12 points assessed on your driving record
  • Suspended license for up to 6 months

There is also a possibility that you will have to participate in an ignition interlock program where you will not be able to operate your car if you had too much alcohol. At the court’s discretion, they can also require you to attend an alcohol abuse program.

How a DWI Attorney Can Help You With Your First Offense

When you are stressed about your DWI charges and it’s your first time, you may be wondering if it’s really necessary to enlist the help of a criminal defense attorney. You may feel that because you don’t have a criminal record, you will be let off lightly. 

The truth is that you can depend on the justice system for leniency as the prosecution will be looking to convict you and punish you with the harshest penalties possible. On top of that, the administrative and legal processes can be quite complex if you are inexperienced with the systems. By hiring a DUI attorney to navigate you through confusing legal hurdles and develop a strong defense, you will have your best shot at a favorable outcome.

Some of the benefits of working with a DUI attorney like Peter O’Connor include:

  • Sound advice during police questioning
  • Protection of your constitutional rights
  • Navigation through the complicated legal system
  • Arguing on your behalf to get the charges dropped
  • Minimizing the penalties of a conviction
  • Assistance in getting your license reinstated

For these reasons, it is in your best interest to retain a knowledgeable attorney to handle your case. Going through the legal process alone greatly reduces your chances of being vindicated. Let us simplify the process for you and give you your best chance at preserving your future. 

Get started by discussing your case with Attorney Peter O’Connor by dialing (630) 448-8878 or completing our online form. PGO Law Firm assists clients throughout DuPage, Kane, and Will Counties.

  • “Exceptional lawyer! He’s the best at what he does!” - Former Client
  • “Attorney O'Connor made me feel better after speaking with him. I'm going with this man for the big win!” - Former Client
  • “Peter is a very kind individual who is willing to work with you when it comes to financial payments.” - Esmeralda V.

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