April 26th, 2013 at 2:05 pm
According to the Secretary of State DUI Handbook, there is a process that is followed when you are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the state of Illinois.
Hiring an experienced and aggressive Illinois DUI attorney can make all the difference in your drunk driving case. The first court date may be several months out from the actual event. During which time your memory of the arrest event and that of any witnesses and/or the arresting officer will have become faded. Therefore, talking to an attorney immediately can be instrumental to your case. This includes researching the investigations and recording of the details, like weather conditions and traffic conditions, and is extremely important to your case.
Up to this point, you will have no idea of the exact charges being brought up against you. You will first learn about this on your arraignment date in court. Even if you have hired an attorney by this point (which you should have done), it is still mandatory for you to appear in court in person on the first court date. During this first hearing, you will find out what you are being charged with and discuss the best options for your specific case with your attorney.
Although your DUI attorney will be representing you in court, you are the only one who can make the decision on any plea deals offered to you by the prosecution. Your lawyer can relay courtroom information, collect state’s evidence, such as video, statements and police records, etc, but they cannot act for you.
There is no law stating you must take any plea, and you have the right to refuse, especially if you know you are not guilty. This means letting your DUI attorney know you want a trial and dealing with many more court dates in order to clear your name. There are several circumstances that may affect the offer that the state gives you and the possible punishment that you may be facing.
This is not the type of case that you want to tackle alone without the proper representation. Contact our DuPage County DUI attorneys today!