DUI Lawyers – Serving Gurnee & Lake County, Illinois
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), then you’re already aware of how embarrassing and overwhelming the situation can be. Chances are good that you’d like to simply forget the entire ordeal and pretend it never happened, however attempting to actually do just that would be a grave mistake. DUI charges are serious legal issues that should be treated actively and carefully. A DUI conviction can negatively impact your life in a wide array of ways, which is one of the reasons why you should ensure that you have a skilled attorney on your side to help you through the complex procedures ahead of you.
The Impact of a DUI
The state of Illinois is one of the strictest when it comes to DUI laws in the United States. Being convicted of DUI charges, then, could understandably have a huge impact upon your life. You could be sent to jail, for example, depending upon the severity of your actions and could also find yourself without driving rights for years to come. If you are accused of DUI related charges, you should reach out to an attorney as quickly as possible. Finding experienced representation quickly will help give you the best chance possible at emerging from the other side of the legal process unscathed.
Failure to find skilled representation to help you with DUI related legal charges could lead to serious consequences. In addition to hefty fines and jail time, perhaps the most damaging and long-lasting consequence you could face is the revocation of your license. Far from a mere suspension, the revocation of your license sees your driving rights revoked indefinitely. There is generally a minimum amount of time that your license must be revoked before you can request to have your rights reinstated (assuming you are eligible for reinstatement at all). This can span years, sometimes even decades, into the future. Additionally, the reinstatement process itself is quite lengthy and detailed, and there is no guarantee that your driving rights will be reinstated.
Assuming that your license is suspended or revoked, you will find yourself with no way to get around the city at will. That means that if you rely on your vehicle to see you to work each day, for example, or to drop your children off at school, you will quickly find yourself scrambling to find alternative options. Should you be unable to secure a reliable ride, you could lose your job. And even if you find a reliable ride, the days of leaving your home at will and driving across town are over for the duration of your revocation.
Is there any way to get around a license revocation in a DUI case?
If you are convicted of a DUI charge, then your license will be suspended or revoked for a minimum amount of time. There are very few exceptions to this rule. There are, however, a few options that you might be able to pursue in an attempt to continue to drive despite the revocation. It should be noted, however, that these options are difficult to secure and generally require the expertise of an attorney experienced in Illinois DUI law.
If you not driving would be a severe hardship upon yourself or your family, you can request a restricted driving permit. These come in several different forms that are related to the reason for the permit, including:
- Elder Care
- Child Care
- Support Group
As you might imagine, an elder care restricted driving permit is granted when you need to care for an elderly individual and require driving privileges to do so. The other types of permits are equally as clearly marked, and their name indicates the reason for the permit. Do not make the mistake of believing that these permits are easy to obtain, however, because nothing could be further from the truth. You must undergo a hearing – oftentimes more than one – where you explain in detail why you need a restricted driving permit and why granting you one won’t lead to further traffic violations and put other people on the road at risk.
It should also be noted that even if you are granted a restricted driving permit, you are not able to drive anywhere you’d like, when you’d like to do so. As the name implies, the permit is restrictive in nature and only grants you the ability to drive under very particular circumstances.
Are you facing a conviction for a DUI related charge? If so, don’t wait – invest in an experienced attorney today. At Nutshing and Cavanaugh, we are dedicated to representing our clients the best way possible to ensure that they are not unduly penalizing for a driving mistake. For more information about how we can help your case, reach out to us today for a free initial consultation.
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Nutschnig & Cavanaugh, 4017 Old Grand Ave, Gurnee, Illinois 60031