Pete O'Connor, Attorney at Law
DuPage County DUI Attorney
Pete O'Connor, attorney at law, is focused on obtaining the results you need to beat a DUI. Over the years, his law firm has aggressively represented clients who are charged and arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), and who are facing fines and possible jail sentencing for DUI if found guilty. As an attorney who has applied his legal knowledge in a number of different areas within the Illinois criminal justice system, the number one goal of this law firm is to help clients avoid criminal conviction for DUI. Whether an individual is charged with a misdemeanor DUI offense, or is arrested for multiple or felony DUI criminal offenses, the law offices of Pete O'Connor will take the time to prepare its clients for trial, and help them win a criminal DUI defense case.
As a member of the DuPage County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, Pete O'Connor has worked with some of the top DUI experts in the state of Illinois. He knows what it takes to prepare a criminal defense case involving DUI. He is up-to-date on DUI laws and technological advances that have paved the way for BAIID (Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlocking Devices), SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor), Drug Court, and MICAP (Mental Illness Court Alternative Program).
Contact Pete O'Connor for Illinois DUI Defense Representation
Our law firm will work to keep you from going to jail for DUI. If you were suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol in Aurora, Naperville, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Downers Grove, DuPage County, Lombard, or Carol Stream, contact us today for an immediate legal consultation. Call (630) 665-8978.
What Happens When You Are Caught Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol? Contact a DuPage County, Illinois DUI Attorney for Legal Help
Anyone suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol is at risk of being charged and arrested for DUI. If you are caught with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more, and you have become too impaired to drive, not only will a police officer pull you over based on suspicion of drunk driving, but they will request information from your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance card. If you continue to be held as a suspect for drinking and driving, you will be asked to submit to a field sobriety test. If probable cause for a DUI arrest is found, the police will take you down to the police station to submit to chemical testing. The chemical tests will closely exam your blood, breath, and urine for alcohol consumption.
The option to take the test is completely up to you. You can refuse to take any field sobriety test, but you will have your license automatically suspended. The consequences are the same should you decide to take any field sobriety test, or chemical test, and fail.
What You Need to Know About Aggravated and Felony DUI Charges in DuPage County, IL
The first time you are pulled over for a DUI and charged as a first time offender may be considered a misdemeanor. Normally, the charges are minimal and can easily be dismissed. However, the moment you commit a felony offense or any other type of crime in addition to driving under the influence of alcohol, you risk going to prison for more than a year if you are convicted of aggravated DUI. In short, aggravated DUI is the same as felony DUI.
Automatic Suspension of Driving Privileges in DuPage County, IL
At the law office of Pete O'Connor in DuPage County, we know what is important to people who have been charged and arrested for DUI: avoiding a conviction and maintaining personal rights. That is why we do everything in our power to ensure our clients retain their driving privileges and lessen any penalties and fees they may have received for driving under the influence (DUI).
The day you are arrested for DUI is the day when your license and vehicle registration goes into automatic suspension. This is what is known as a statutory summary suspension. Our law office can represent clients for all statutory summary suspension hearings in DuPage County, including those who have been arrested for DUI in Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Wheaton, Lombard, and Carol Stream. A statutory summary suspension, in most cases, is the result of failing a field sobriety test, failing a chemical test, or refusing to submit to any type of DUI testing.
DuPage County, Illinois DUI Field Sobriety Testing
Field sobriety testing usually involves simple physical and cognitive testing to determine whether or not you have been driving under the influence of alcohol. The tests are designed by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and are meant to be accurate. However, our law firm understands that standardized field sobriety tests are not always an accurate assessment of one’s ability to drive. If you have been suspected of drinking and driving while under the influence of alcohol, hire an experienced DUI defense attorney immediately.
First DUI Offense: DuPage County DUI Criminal Defense Lawyer
The first DUI offense is considered a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois. When you are charged for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs as a first time offender, you may be required to have court supervision. If you are convicted, then you will most likely spend 365 days in jail (one year) and pay $2,500 in fines. Additional court costs and statutory fees may also apply.
DuPage County Second DUI Offense
The second DUI offense in Illinois is considered a misdemeanor, provided there was no bodily harm caused in a car accident resulting from DUI. Once a person is arrested for the second DUI offense, their license will be suspended. A person has 46 days from the arrest to request a court hearing to stop license suspension. If your license is suspended for a second DUI, it will remain suspended for one year. Even though your driving privileges may be suspended, you may have the opportunity to apply for a restricted driving permit. Contact us to discuss your legal options.
Multiple DUIs in DuPage County, IL
A third DUI offense, or more, is considered a felony. The penalties for multiple DUI charges can range from a minimum of 12 months to 3 years in jail. Repeat DUI offenders will serve mandatory jail time if convicted. That is why it’s imperative to hire a strong DUI defense lawyer. Someone who can represent you to the fullest extent of the law may be able to help you avoid a conviction for multiple DUIs.
DuPage County Reckless Driving DUI Defense
If you were pulled over and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, there may be a chance for you to reduce the charges to reckless driving. The reason why it is so important to have DUI charges dismissed or reduced is because a DUI conviction is not expungable by Illinois law.