DUI / DWI – Drunk Driving

DUI / DWI – Drunk Driving Lawyer – Morris, IL


Driving a vehicle is one of the most dangerous things that we do on a daily basis. It might not seem like it since we become accustomed to operating vehicles, but it is important to keep in mind that manning thousands of pounds of metal is quite the responsibility. That’s why drunk driving or driving under the influence offenses are so harshly treated. This is, of course, also why hiring an experienced attorney who understands how traffic law works is the best option you have of getting out of these charges as unscathed as possible.

At Rigazio Law Office, we know DUI law. In fact, we have over 30 years of experience and are skilled when it comes to handling driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated charges. This is key to a successful defense of these kinds of charges – and you want a successful defense. Even for a first-time offender, penalties for these charges run deep and can end with the suspension of your license, a possible jail sentence, and heavy fines. Anything beyond a first-time offense has the potential to lead to mandatory jail time and felony charges. If you want to continue living your life freely and driving yourself wherever it is you need to go, then you should reach out to us today and ask about our criminal defense services.

Have you been arrested for DUI / DWI?

If you have been charged with an Illinois DUI, there are two things that you need to consider:

1) Take your Illinois DUI charge seriously.
A conviction for a DUI in Illinois will have long lasting consequences. A criminal record can affect your employment, your future and your personal freedom.

2) Hire an experienced Illinois DUI Lawyer.
Understanding the Illinois DUI laws and courtroom proceedings can be a challenge. Hiring a qualified Illinois DUI lawyer who focuses on DUI defense can make a difference in the outcome of your case.We will offer an initial review of your case. Your inquiry is both free and confidential. To begin fighting your Illinois DUI, contact attorney Mark Rigazio for help. Time is very critical in an Illinois DUI case. Please remember that just because you have been arrested for a DUI in Illinois, it doesn’t mean you are guilty. For instance with a DUI, the police could arrest you for a DUI even if your breath test results are under the legal limit of .08.

What is a DUI / DWI – Drunk Driving charge?

It is not legal to operate your vehicle while you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Note that this includes certain prescription medications. Even if you have the prescription for the medication legally, it might not be legal to drive while it is active in your system. This is where driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges come into play. If you are pulled over while under the influence, a police officer can attempt to subject you to a field sobriety or breath test. Note that by the time these options come up, the officer has probably already decided to take you in on DUI or DWI charges.

Implied Consent

In Illinois, the “implied consent” law essentially says that if you are arrested, lawfully, by any officer who has cause to think that you were driving while under the influence, you consent to taking a chemical test of urine, breath, or blood in order to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). You don’t have the right to see your attorney before taking the test and, in fact, the test must be taken as quickly as possible after you are arrested in order to determine an accurate BAC estimate for when you were behind the wheel. Additionally, the law states that by driving in Illinois, you also consent to undergoing a preliminary breath test, much like a field sobriety test that occurs before you have been arrested.

With that said, it is possible to refuse to take the tests? Well, technically, yes. You can refuse to take the tests. With that said, doing so might not help you out much. Refusing the preliminary test, for example, will not prevent the officer from arresting you. If you are arrested, they will simply have you take the mandatory DUI test. You can also refuse to take this test, however, it is important to realize that doing so might not necessarily give you any kind of benefit. The prosecution can charge you even without test results, and might simply use your refusal to make you look guilty. Additionally, refusing the test results in your license being suspended for one year on a first offense and three years on subsequent offenses whereas failing a DUI test will result in your license being suspended for six months on a first offense and 12 months on subsequent offenses.

What Are The Consequences of a DUI / DWI?

A DUI or DWI charge can affect your life in a variety of ways. Depending upon your specific situation, you could find yourself in jail or facing hefty fines in addition to being unable to even drive yourself to work every day. If you receive a hard suspension of your license, then you will also be unable to obtain a permit that would allow you to drive under certain circumstances regardless of the hardship you and your family are facing.

Contact A Top DUI / DWI – Drunk Driving Attorney

If you have been arrested for a DUI or DWI, you need an experienced attorney to help you reduce or avoid the charges altogether. Rigazio Law Office provides the best defense possible for those facing DUI / DWI charges. We are located in Morris, IL, and serve Grundy County, Will County, LaSalle County and the surrounding areas. We fight for YOU and your RIGHTS  – contact us today for help at 815.942.1881.

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