Chicago DUI Attorneys
Chicagoland / Illinois Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers
The criminal penalties for drunk driving offenses are very significant in the state of Illinois. People who have been charged with DUI should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to ensure the protection of their rights.
“What will happen to me?” This, the desperate but simple question which follows DUI arrests and convictions.
If you have been charged with DUI and need a strong defense, contact the Acosta Law Group. We defend clients against all drunk driving charges, including:
- DUI & Commercial Driver’s License (CDLs)
- DUI & Driver’s License Suspension
- DUI / Drugs
- DUI with Personal Injury or Fatality
- Felony DUI
- Underage DUI (Under 21)
We represent clients throughout the Greater Chicagoland area and the surrounding suburbs. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at one of our local Chicago area office.
Protect Your Rights
Many people assume that they have no defense to a DUI charge because they failed a Breathalyzer test. Fortunately, there are many ways that an experienced DUI defense lawyer can make a positive difference in your case. Before you plead guilty to a DUI charge, contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and options.
We will carefully examine the facts of your case to provide the strong defense you deserve. Our attorneys will carefully review key issues that may impact your case:
- Did your arresting officer have sufficient cause to stop your vehicle?
- Did the officer properly administer your breath test?
- Did the officer properly conduct your field sobriety tests?
- Did the officer violate your constitutional rights?
You have a right to a strong defense. If retained as your defense counsel, we will provide the experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive defense you require.
Chicago DUI & Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) Lawyers
Any person can have one too many drinks and find himself or herself in a situation where he or she is facing criminal DUI charges. For commercial drivers, the consequences of being convicted of a DUI can be extremely steep. A conviction can affect not only your ability to drive, but also your ability to keep your commercial driver’s license (C.D.L.). Whether you are facing a DUI for the first time or need aggressive defense for a repeat offense, our firm is here to help.
At Acosta Law Group, we take an assertive approach to representing our clients. Our firm is dedicated to representing people who are facing serious charges in Chicago and throughout the surrounding Chicago land areas. We have more than 40 years of combined experience and are committed to offer every client with highly individualized attention.
Do Not Wait To Contact An Attorney — Your Job Is On The Line
Individuals with commercial driver’s licenses have a lot on the line if they face a criminal offense. Conviction of a DUI or other criminal offense could result in the loss of your license and inability to continue working as a commercial trucker. When you are pulled over and charged with DUI, your license will likely be revoked for a temporary period, preventing you from returning to work. If your blood alcohol level is high, you could risk losing your CDL forever.
Acosta Law Group has been defending individuals facing DUI offenses and drivers license suspension for years. We have significant experience working with individuals who have CDLs and have been successful in defending alcohol-related driving offenses. We attack the evidence of the case, examine the details of the traffic stop and look at the circumstances surrounding the Breathalyzer test. At our firm, you have a skilled team of attorneys advocating for your interests.
Chicagoland DUI & License Suspension Lawyers
A DUI is not a simple traffic offense that should go without the attention of a skilled attorney. If you are convicted of a DUI, you could face license suspension or even a permanent mark on your criminal record. The first step to take is to talk to an attorney at Acosta Law Group to learn about your rights. The sooner we can get to work on your case, the better.
Serving the Chicagoland area, Acosta Law Group is focused on handling criminal law matters, including DUI, drug crimes, traffic offense and more. Our team of lawyers has more than 40 years of combined experience, and we offer our clients individualized and highly aggressive representation.
DUI And License Suspension In Illinois
If you are charged with DUI, you will likely have your license suspended if you do not challenge the arrest. With early intervention, our lawyers can seek to avoid license suspension so your day-to-day activities are not affected by license suspension. We know the steps to take in order to challenge evidence and develop the strongest possible defense on your behalf.
The attorneys at Acosta Law Group have been successful in representing clients in a wide range of DUI cases, including:
- DUI and license suspension
- Driving without a license
- DUI and commercial driver’s license (CDL) offenses
- DUI and drug cases
- Underage DUI (under 21)
Handling All Aspects Of Your DUI Case
In Illinois, a DUI has two components, both a civil and a criminal component. At Acosta Law Group, we can assist with both aspects of the charge. Our firm provides comprehensive legal representation for clients, regardless of the complexity of the situation.
DUI Involving Drugs in Illinois
If you have never been in trouble with the law before, a DUI offense involving drugs can be frightening. Not only are you worried about the potential penalties, such as license suspension and large fines, but an arrest could impact your reputation, your criminal record and your future. It is crucial that you speak with an experienced attorney in order to fully understand your rights in the criminal process and what can be done to protect those rights. A DUI arrest is very serious, a DUI accident can cause personal injury and even death to the victim.
At Acosta Law Group, our attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience handling DUI cases and other criminal defense cases in Illinois. We understand the fears and frustrations of our clients and work to put them at ease with the criminal process. There are options in defense, and we will put our knowledge and resources to work for you.
Experienced DUI Drugs Defense Lawyers
In the state of Illinois, there were two types of DUI charges involving drugs.
In the first type, a driver can be charged with driving under the influence to the degree that he or she is unable to operate the vehicle safely. This charge can be made even if the drugs in the system are from a legal prescription.
In the second type, an individual may be charged with driving with illegal drugs in his or her system (625 ILCS 5/11-501). It only needs to be shown that there are illegal drugs in the driver’s system. This can be accomplished through blood or urine tests, through the recovery of drugs or through other means. Police need to follow proper procedures and respect a driver’s constitutional rights during an arrest, chemical test or gathering of evidence.
DUI With Personal Injury or Fatality in Illinois
A DUI is a serious criminal charge with very significant penalties in the state of Illinois. If you have been involved in an accident that injured or killed another person, while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the consequences that you face will be much more severe. A conviction on a charge of felony DUI with personal injury or fatality could result in lengthy license suspension or revocation, large fines and incarceration.
At Acosta Law Group, we represent clients throughout the Greater Chicagoland area and the surrounding suburbs. If you have been charged with a DUI after an accident and need a strong defense, we will carefully examine the facts of your case and ensure that your rights are fully protected throughout the process.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at one of our Chicago area offices or our law office in Berwyn, Illinois.
Experienced Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys
Regardless of how strong the evidence appears to be in your case, it is still possible for an experienced attorney to prepare and present a defense in your favor. In negotiations with prosecutors or at trial, the actions of your lawyer can make a difference in the outcome of your situation. We will look at how evidence was gathered, how any chemical tests were administered and how police officers treated you through the process.
If law enforcement officials failed to follow established procedures or to respect your constitutional rights, we will challenge that evidence so that it cannot be admitted at trial. Whether you are facing felony charges for vehicular assault, a multiple-offense DUI or a related crime, we can advise you about your options.
Chicagoland Felony DUI Attorneys
While many drunk driving offenses are charged as misdemeanors in Illinois, drunk driving may also result in felony criminal charges. Penalties for felony DUI may include imprisonment, probation, court fines, court-ordered treatment, driver’s license suspension and other significant sanctions.
If you have been charged with felony DUI, protect your rights by retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Acosta Law Group. We are committed to providing the strong defense you require. Our attorneys have more than 40 years of experience and have helped many clients who have been arrested on felony drunk driving charges.
Factors Resulting in Aggravated DUI Charges (Felony Drunk Driving)
A number of factors may warrant a felony drunk driving charge. If you have two prior DUI convictions, a third DUI charge may result in an aggravated DUI charge. Even if this is your first DUI charge, you may be facing felony charges for aggravated DUI if you were driving without a valid license, did not have auto insurance, or were involved in an accident causing an injury or fatality.
A conviction for felony DUI may result in a term of imprisonment for many years. A third DUI conviction, for example, may result in a term of imprisonment of three to seven years. You may be subject to a longer term of imprisonment if you caused injury or a fatality to another person.
Given the severity of penalties that may be imposed in a felony DUI case, it is critical that you retain a highly skilled criminal defense attorney who is deeply committed to protecting your rights. Our attorneys are prepared to provide the strong defense you require.
Underage DUI (Under 21)
In the state of Illinois, a person may be considered legally intoxicated if he or she has a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 or higher. For individuals who are under the age of 21, however, that level lowers significantly and there are specific penalties that can come as a result of an underage DUI. A person under 21 arrested for a DUI could be facing a lengthy license suspension and a permanent criminal record.
At Acosta Law Group, we provide experienced defense for individuals accused of underage DUI/DWI throughout the Greater Chicagoland area. Our lawyers have more than 40 years of combined trial experience, and while we cannot guarantee any specific results, it may be possible to reduce the potential penalties and the impact that such an arrest can have on your future.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at one of our Chicago area offices or our law office in Berwyn, Illinois.
Underage DUI License Suspension in Illinois
Drivers under the age of 21 face a minimum of a 2-year driver’s license revocation for a first DUI conviction, in addition to the same penalties that apply for adult DUI offenders. A person convicted of an underage DUI may be ordered by a judge, as a condition of probation or discharge, to participate in the Youthful Intoxicated Driver’s Visitation Program.
While the penalties for an underage DUI conviction are serious, that does not mean you are out of options if you have been arrested. Our lawyers will explore every possible criminal defense, including whether Breathalyzer machines were properly calibrated, whether field sobriety tests were administered under proper conditions and whether the initial stop was constitutional.
Our firm will review the actions of police officers and challenge any questionable tactics that infringe upon your rights.
Driver’s License Suspensions Resulting From DUI Charges
People arrested for drunk driving in Illinois are subject to an automatic driver’s license suspension, which is referred to as a statutory summary suspension. If retained in a timely manner, we can file a petition on your behalf seeking to rescind the statutory summary suspension of your driver’s license.
Possible DUI Defenses
- Illegal Stop Of a Vehicle
- Citizen Report of Drunk Driving
- Vehicle Weaving Inside The Lanes
- Inaccurate Field Sobriety Testing
- Inaccurate Breath Testing
- Inaccurate Police or Hospital Blood test
- Breathalyzer Machine Test malfunctions
- Expired Breath Test Operator License
- Unapproved Breath Test Device
- Failure to Prove Defendant Driving
- Failure to Mirandize
- Lack of Probable Cause to Arrest
- Illegal Search
- Interfering Substances
What Should You Do If You Are Pulled Over For A DUI?
***In the event of a DUI arrest, NEVER admit to consuming alcohol – DO NOT be scared or intimidated by police / law enforcement. YOU HAVE RIGHTS!***
REMEMBER THESE 3 SIMPLE STEPS IF YOU ARE PULLED OVER OR ARRESTED FOR A DUI!!
1) NEVER admit to alcohol consumption!
2) NEVER consent to standardized field sobriety testing!
3) NEVER consent to chemical testing such as breath test, or blood / urine tests – NEVER BLOW.
Do not be scared or intimidated by the police or law enforcement – YOU HAVE RIGHTS.
Ronald Batovski – Attorney At Law
Contact Our Chicago Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers
To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer at one of our local offices, call (773) 521-3300, (708) 788-9900 or contact us by e-mail.