What Is Drunk Driving?
Drunk driving can be a serious offense. If you're facing charges for DUI in Illinois, you need Donahue & Sowa.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) involve operating a motor vehicle while impaired through the use of drugs or alcohol. In most situations, this is a serious offense, especially if someone else is injured or if property has been damaged as a result.
The penalties for drunk driving may include fines, court-ordered treatment, jail or prison time, loss or suspension of driving privileges, community service and restricted driving programs, such as the implementation of ignition interlock devices. In the long term, a drunk driving conviction could negatively affect your career and your reputation in the community.
If you have been accused of drunk driving, you need an experienced DUI and DWI defense attorney who can help you get the outcome you need. You'll speak to a lawyer who has years of experience litigating cases involving drunk driving.
In order to be convicted of impaired driving, you must have been actually operating the vehicle when the alleged crime occurred. This might not be clear in situations where individuals were sleeping behind the wheel of a parked car or the vehicle was idle and not moving. Courts may interpret in different ways what it means to be operating a motor vehicle.
Although the most common types of DUI cases stem from vehicles like cars and trucks, you may still receive a citation for impaired operation of a scooter, bicycle, ATV, snowmobile, golf cart or motor boat.
Losing your driving privileges can drastically impact your life.
Police officers use a number of techniques to determine driver impairment, including field sobriety tests and measuring Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) through the use of devices like the Breathalyzer.
If you've been stopped for or arrested on charges of drunk driving, DUI or DWI, call an experienced drunk driving defense lawyer as soon as possible to get your case moving in the right direction.