Chicago Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Attorney
DUI Lawyer Serving Cook and DuPage County
Being charged and convicted of a DUI can instantly change your life. Not only can your license be suspended or revoked, you can also have a misdemeanor or felony charge put on your record. Both of these can have a huge impact on your life beyond just the court proceedings.
Mr. Moretti has 17 years of experience defending clients charged with a DUI. He will review your case, plan a strategic defense plan, and give you the personal attention you deserve. He will not refer your case out to anyone else and will work to defend your rights and get you the most favorable outcome possible.
Driving Under the Influence in Illinois
Driving under the influence can have serious consequences on your life. If your livelihood depends on you driving to and from work, driving for work, such as with a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), or relying on reliable transportation, you may find yourself out of work if you receive a DUI conviction.
Receiving a DUI is a misdemeanor in Illinois and goes on your record. For a first offense, you can face up to 364 days in jail, $2,500 in fines, or a combination of both. Based on certain factors, your driver’s license may be suspended for a period of 6 months to 1 year. If you receive a second or third DUI offense, the jail time and fine stay the same, but your license will be suspended for a minimum of 5 or 10 years. A DUI is one of the only convictions that cannot be expunged or sealed from your record. It will stay on your record for public view for the rest of your life.
If you are under 21, or hold a CDL and receive a DUI, you are held to a stricter standard and may face harsher consequences. Illinois has a zero tolerance for under age drinking and driving. If you are driving a commercial motor vehicle, the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.04%, while an average adult’s BAC limit is 0.08%.
Illinois is considered an implied consent state. If you refuse to take a BAC test, you are admitting guilt and an officer can arrest you and immediately suspend your license.
Contact a Chicago DUI Attorney
If you have been charged with a DUI, you are going to have a lot at stake. You need a lawyer with the knowledge and experience of the court system and procedures to defend your rights. Mr. Moretti has served the Chicago area for 17 years defending clients who have been charged with a DUI and received verdicts of dismissed charges, plea bargain with no conviction or jail time, prevented the suspension of driving privileges, and more.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence in Illinois, contact the office of Moretti Law, P.C. today at 312-861-1084 for a complimentary consultation. Moretti Law, P.C. has three offices conveniently located in Chicago, Schaumburg, and Oak Brook. You deserve an experienced lawyer on your side in the courtroom.