Contact an Illinois DUI lawyer today by calling us at (312) 466-9466. You will speak with an experienced Chicago DUI attorney who will help you determine whether going to trial for an Illinois DUI makes sense and how you can improve your odds of winning.
The seriousness of a DUI arrest in Illinois should not be underestimated.
Many people make the mistake of viewing DUI or DWI as just another misdemeanor. However, an Illinois DUI conviction carries longlasting consequences such as required alcohol treatment, monetary costs, and the loss of driving privileges. The loss of a driver's license in particular can have life changing consequences, such as the loss of employment. In addition, losing your license can lead to other charges, such as driving on a revoked or suspended license, which can lead to jail time.
Even a first offender who can receive supervision should consider a trial if he or she has a good case. The assistance of an aggressive trial attorney such as Steven R. Hunter is essential.
The first consideration when deciding whether or not to go to trial is the likelihood of an acquittal. The strength of the prosecution's case and available defenses will help a defendant decide if he should go to trial. The stronger your case, the more it makes sense to go to trial. Trials have uncertain outcomes, and no attorney can honestly guarantee a not guilty. Nevertheless, Steven R. Hunter is an experienced trial attorney who can evaluate your case and tell you if it is strong, weak, or somewhere in between.
Another important factor is the likely consequences of a loss after a trial as compared to a possible plea agreement. One of the most serious consequences is the fact that a conviction for DUI will result in revocation of a person's driver's license. Although this is not mandated by the vehicle code, the Illinois Secretary of State revokes the driver's license of any person convicted of DUI. Unlike a suspension, revocation is for an indefinite period of time. In addition, a person whose driver's license has been revoked will have to request an administrative hearing from the Secretary of State in order to have his or her right to drive restored. Reinstatement frequently takes years and thousands of dollars. It should be avoided whenever possible. Conversely, a guilty plea for a supervision sentence will require you to undergo the alcohol treatment recommended by the alcohol evaluation at their expense and to pay fines and court costs totaling over a thousand dollars. These factors should be weighed carefully when deciding whether or not to go to trial.