If you are arrested and charged with a DUI, you face more than possible criminal charges. The law allows for the suspension of your driver's license based simply on your arrest. It is not required to show that you are guilty of the offense. The suspension generally goes into effect 46 days after your arrest and lasts for:
- 6 months if your BAC is above 0.08 and you haven't been arrested for a DUI in the last five years.
- 1 year if you refuse to take a breath, blood, or urine test and you haven't been arrested for a DUI in the last five years.
- 1 year if your BAC is above a 0.08 and you have been arrested for a DUI in the last five years.
- 3 years if you you refuse to take a breath, blood, or urine test and you have been arrested for a DUI in the last five years.
Those who haven't been arrested the last five years may drive, but it requires a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) to be installed at your expense in your car. Because the arrest for a DUI can carry severe consequences, it is critical you have a qualified Will County DUI attorney, like those at Chuck Bretz and Associates.
The team at Chuck Bretz and Associates can fight the suspension. If the officer stopped you or arrested you without probable cause, if he failed to complete the proper paperwork, if he failed to warn you of the consequences of refusing to take a breath test, or if the Illinois Secretary of State failed to act in a proper manner are all grounds to have the suspension lifted. It is important that you act fast and hire a DUI attorney to fight the summary suspension to ensure you do not lose your ability to drive even for one day.
Learn more about how Chuck Bretz & Associates can help you fight your summary suspension and represent you on the underlying DUI charge. Do not delay; give us a call today at (815) 740-1545.