Pete O'Connor, Attorney at Law
Wheaton DUI Attorney
The law office of Pete O'Connor in Wheaton, Illinois represents clients who are charged with DUI. If you were driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in Wheaton, DuPage County, you will need to hire an experienced DUI lawyer who can help you beat the criminal charges for DUI and avoid DUI conviction. Once you are convicted of DUI it remains on your record permanently. That is why it is so important to understand your rights.
Pete O'Connor is an experienced DUI attorney who has represented clients for DUI throughout Wheaton, Illinois. As a member of the DuPage County Bar Association and has helped clients beat their DUI charges and avoid DUI conviction. If you would like to learn more about Illinois DUI law and your arresting charges for DUI in Wheaton, contact our law firm today. Call (630) 665-8978 to discuss your legal options.
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 Wheaton, Illinois DUI Attorney for Legal Help
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense in Wheaton and across Illinois. If you are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, the police will pull ask you to take a field sobriety test. This will test your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. If your BAC is 0.08 or more, you will be charged and arrested for DUI. Further chemical testing may be administered.
It is your right to refuse the field sobriety test and the chemical test, but that means you will automatically have your license suspended. Our law firm diligently works to ensure you have the right kind of DUI representation and legal protection under the law.
What You Need to Know About Aggravated and Felony DUI Charges in Wheaton, 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 Wheaton, 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.
Wheaton, 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: Wheaton 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.
Second DUI Offense in Wheaton, IL
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 Wheaton, 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.
Wheaton 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.
Contact a Wheaton DUI Defense Lawyer Today
Contact DUI attorney Pete O'Connor in Wheaton, Illinois, by calling (630) 665-8978. We can answer any questions or concerns you may have about your DUI charge and arrest in Wheaton.