I have been charged with a DUI. What do I do now?

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense in Illinois, and it is important to understand your rights and options leading up to your first court appearance. If convicted for DUI, your license will be taken away (revoked) for a set period of time, which varies based on different factors. Full driving privileges may be reinstated only after the terms of the conviction are successfully completed. The terms may include payment of a fine and court costs, completion of counseling, public service, jail time and the inability to drive during the period of revocation. It may then be necessary to schedule a hearing before the Secretary of State.

If you either failed or refused to take a breathalyzer test during the traffic stop, you will receive a notice that your license will automatically be suspended (known as a “statutory summary suspension”). This suspension occurs 46 days after the day you receive a ticket. It is important to seek legal advice to determine your rights and options before this suspension occurs. Legal grounds may exist to rescind the statutory summary suspension.

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