You need to act fast. You only have a limited number of days to arrange a DMV administrative hearing. A hearings officer will determine whether or not to impose or set aside a driver’s license suspension. Not only does this hearing determine how you get to work, to school or elsewhere for the next several months to years, your DMV hearing can be vital in uncovering evidence that can be used to strengthen your defense during the criminal proceedings against you and is a highly advisable. Without this DMV hearing, an automatic suspension will be put on your driver’s license.
An experienced Chicago DUI lawyer, Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus can help you with the DMV administrative hearing process, as well as prepare the best possible defense to your pending DUI charges. He is ready to fight to protect your rights and driving privileges at your DMV hearing.
DUI charges in Illinois have serious consequences that can make a significant impact on your life. Anyone found to be driving with a BAC (blood alcohol content) level over the legal limit of .08 risks an immediate arrest, according to the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5 / Ch. 11 Art. V). Some of the ramifications for a first time offense may include up to a 12-month license suspension, fines up to $2500 and even up to a year in jail.
Drivers with a prior conviction can face much harsher penalties. For those drivers who cause serious bodily harm or death to another due to driving while intoxicated, a felony charge may be involved, which carries severe penalties and can result in prison time lasting well over a year, depending on the severity of the charges.
If you find yourself being charged for a DUI, the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus will provide you with the extensive experience and skill required for defending your case. In addition to possessing a thorough knowledge of Illinois DUI laws, Mr. Minkus is a former Assistant States Attorney who represented the state as a prosecutor in the DUI division. His understanding of the prosecutor’s approach to DUI cases helps strengthen his defensive strategies for his DUI clients.
The Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus offer efficient, effective legal representation to those charged with DUI offenses, including:
If you are arrested for drunk or drugged driving, you may face misdemeanor or felony charges, which may involve:
Many factors must be considered when defending a DUI charge. Our Chicago law firm can conduct a detailed investigation into your DUI charges and will challenge the evidence presented against you. Mr. Minkus will review all aspects of your case, including breath and blood tests, field sobriety tests, and registered BAC levels. Our firm may interrogate key witnesses and arresting officers and calling upon experts to provide valuable information. Mr. Minkus has knowledge in DUI law and the procedures police are required to follow. He will check to see if you are the subject of an unlawful police stop or if a sobriety checkpoint was improperly conducted and will demand that evidence be suppressed when violations occur. When the court throws out evidence, DUI charges are typically dismissed.
After reviewing the facts of your case, Mr. Minkus will provide you with information on all relevant DUI penalties that you might expect. Depending on your driving record and the facts of your case, the prosecution may be willing to negotiate the severity of your charge. The Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus will work to get your charge dismissed or reduced. We have helped many people get their DUI charges dismissed and retain their privileges to drive. We urge you to contact us for a FREE, confidential, initial consultation.
When a driver is stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence but tests negative for blood alcohol, an Illinois police officer may test the driver for drugs. Due to the zero tolerance policy for drugged driving in Illinois, if a driver’s chemical test comes back with any trace of drugs in his or her system, that individual will face serious consequences. Further, if the defendant is in possession of drugs, he or she faces enhanced penalties. If you are facing drug-related DUI charges in Chicago or Illinois, it is important to get the legal help you need, especially because you can be convicted of this offense even if you have a prescription for the medication you are taking.
Whether this is your first DUI or you have been arrested before, it is critical that you contact a defense attorney to protect your future and your driving privileges. The Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus aggressively challenges DUI charges and works toward a favorable outcome for all of our clients. Learn more about DUI defense and how our firm can help by calling our Chicago or Skokie office today at (847) 966-0300. We offer FREE initial consultations.
Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.