Winntetka DUI Attorney

Call a Winnetka DUI lawyer at (888) 754-9860 because choosing the right lawyer for your DUI charge is critical

A DUI carries severe penalties, including these for first-offenders:

  • Minimum jail time of 2-days

  • Revocation of driver’s license of up to 10-months

  • Fine of $390

  • Participation in DUI classes for 3-months

  • Possible installation of ignition interlock system in your car

  • Required purchase of costly SR-1 insurance

  • Court and other costs totaling thousands of dollars

Repeat offenders face longer jail sentences, license revocation periods and time attending DUI classes.
Winnetka DUI lawyers primarily represent DUI clients. They have years of litigation and investigative experience and give you the best opportunity for a satisfactory outcome. Talk to and retain a Winnetka DUI lawyer so that all proceedings in your case are professionally handled.

Overview of the DUI Process

  • Your first proceeding is the DMV hearing regarding revocation of your license, but it must be requested within 10-days of your arrest. Be sure a Winnetka DUI lawyer handles all of them. The DUI process involves:

  • DMV hearing. Winnetka DUI lawyers regularly handle these hearing. In many cases, Winnetka DUI lawyers have avoided license revocations for their clients.

  • Arraignment. You appear with your Winnetkta DUI lawyer to enter a not guilty plea

  • Discovery and investigation. Your Winnetka DUI attorney obtains information from the prosecutor and conducts a full investigation. In many cases, Winnetka DUI attorneys are able to plea bargain with prosecutors

  • Trial. If no plea arrangement, then your Winnetka DUI attorney is prepared to defend you at trial.

DUI Defenses

Winnetka DUI attorneys are prepared for all DUI cases and use their knowledge of the DUI laws, police practices, and science behind the breath and blood tests to look for certain defenses. In many DUI cases, a Winnetka DUI attorney will examine these issues:

  • Possible police misconduct

  • Whether your medical or physical condition may have influenced your arrest and BAC results

  • Validity and integrity of the breath or blood tests

  • Bias, inconsistencies or errors in police testimony, records and reports

  • No driving, drinking after driving and other defenses found by your Winnetka DUI attorney

DUI Penalties

DUI sentences vary from county to county, especially if aggravating circumstances were present. There are separate penalties for a first, second, third and felony convictions. These penalties are typically imposed:

First DUI or DWI

The usual penalties for a first DUI or DWI are:

  1. Jail. 48 hours in jail and up to 6-months; 3-years of probation

  2. Suspension of license. Loss of driving privileges for 4 to 10-months though you may be eligible for a restricted license; if BAC testing was refused, the suspension is one year

  3. Fines: $390 with costs over $1,800

  4. DUI classes: 3-months

  5. Insurance and installation: Secure SR-22 insurance and possibly install an interlock ignition system

Second DUI or DWI

Penalties for a second DUI or DWI within 10 years of the first include:

  1. Jail. 96 hours and up to one year in county jail and 3-5 years probation

  2. Suspension of license. 2-year suspension with eligibility for restricted license unless testing was refused.

  3. Fines: $390 to $1000 but over $10,000 in costs

  4. DUI Classes. 18 to 30-months

  5. Installation and insurance. SR-22 insurance and Interlock ignition system

Third Second DUI or DWI

Conviction of a third DUI or DWI in 10 years may include:

  1. Jail. 120 days to one year in county jail and 3-5 years probation

  2. Suspension of license. 3-years with restricted license after 12-months

  3. Fines: $390 to $1000 and other costs up to $15,000

  4. DUI classes. 30-months

  5. Installation and insurance. SR-22 insurance and interlock system

Fourth DUI or DWI

A fourth DWI or DWI is a felony but it could be negotiated to a misdemeanor by a Winnetka DUI attorney.

If a felony, you face:

  1. Jail. 16 months, 2 or 3 years in jail and formal probation for up to 5 years

  2. Suspension of license: 4-years

  3. Fines: Up to $5000 with associated costs of up to $18,000

  4. Habitual traffic offender status. 3 years

  5. Mandatory DUI classes. 30-months

  6. Installation and insurance. SR-22 insurance and interlock system

Commercial DUI or DWI

Commercial drivers can be convicted of a commercial DUI or DWI if their BAC is 0.04%.

Penalties include:

  1. Jail. Same as for a motorist with a Class C license for first or multiple DUI or DWI offenses

  2. Driver’s license suspension.

  • Loss of commercial driver’s license for one year, regardless of the vehicle you were driving

  • Life-time suspension for a second conviction

  • Your Class C license is also affected

  1. Fines. From $390 to $1000

  2. DUI Classes. Same as for other offenders

  3. Insurance and installation. Securing of SR-22 insurance and possible installation of an interlock system

Call a Winnetka DUI Attorney

If you were arrested for a DUI, call a Winnetka DUI attorney today at (888) 754-9860.

Winnetka CA 91306
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