Your Chicago and Chicagoland DUI Defense Attorney
If you’ve been arrested for a Chicago drunk driving offense, your future is on the line. Even if this is your first arrest, you have a lot to lose if you are convicted. However, it is important that you do not give up hope. Anisa Jordan of The Jordan Law Firm defends clients for DUI (driving under the influence) in Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Cook County, DuPage County, and Chicagoland. Attorney Jordan has extensive experience successfully handling all types of DUI cases, including marijuana DUIs, DUI accidents, and refusal DUIs.
What’s at Stake in a Chicago DUI Case?
The consequences for being convicted of a DUI in Illinois depend upon whether you have any previous offenses. However, they are always serious and can jeopardize everything you’ve worked so hard to obtain.
Whether it’s your 1st DUI, 2nd DUI, or 3rd DUI offense, there are three main penalties you may face if convicted. The penalties increase with each offense:
- License Suspension
Regardless of whether it’s your first DUI arrest, your license will be suspended for a minimum of six months, and you could face much tougher penalties if you caused damage to property, or injured another person, or have a prior DUI in Illinois or any other state. For example, even a first-time DUI conviction carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
No matter your situation – if you refused DUI testing, took a breathalyzer test at the scene or police station, or even provided a blood or urine sample, Anisa Jordan can help.
DUI Defense Attorney
Prosecutors take Chicago DUI offenses very seriously, even if no one was hurt. These cases also involve complex legal issues that require an experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyer’s attention. For example, there may be problems with the way the police stopped you, why they asked you to take a breath test, or how the test was conducted. Having a knowledgeable Chicago DUI defense attorney review your case is the first step towards defending your case—and your freedom.
There’s no reason to fight DUI charges alone. Attorney Anisa Jordan has years of experience handling DUI cases and can help you decide how to fight the charges or minimize potential penalties. Anisa can advise you on your best course of action and help you pursue it effectively and without delay.
Driver’s License Suspension and Revocation
One of the most significant penalties for many people facing a first-time DUI offense is the suspension or revocation of their driver’s license. Right after a DUI arrest, your driver’s license will be suspended. This is called a statutory summary suspension. If you were never arrested for a DUI before and failed a chemical test, your license will be suspended for six months. However, if you refused to take a chemical test, the Secretary of State will suspend your license for a year. Depending on the circumstances, you may qualify for a monitoring device driving permit, which allows you to drive whenever and wherever you want, provided you install an ignition interlock device on your car.
After a conviction for a Chicago DUI, the Illinois Secretary of State automatically revokes your driver’s license. The length of the revocation is either for one, five, or ten years, depending on whether you have prior DUI convictions. However, even at the end of the revocation period, there is no guarantee you will get your license back. You must apply for reinstatement through the Secretary of State.
At the Jordan Law Firm, we recognize how important having a driver’s license is to you and your family. Thus, we handle administrative driver’s license reinstatement hearings. With our help, you may be able to get your driving privileges back.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Chicago DUI Defense Lawyer
If you’re facing DUI penalties and need help today, contact Anisa Jordan at the Jordan Law Firm for a free consultation. Anisa is an experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyer who, prior to founding The Jordan Law Firm, prosecuted cases on behalf of the government. This gives her valuable insight into how prosecutors see DUI offenses and potential weaknesses in the government’s case. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable Chicagoland DUI lawyer, call the Jordan Law Firm today. You can also connect with us through our online form.