Cook County DUI Attorney

Sandra L. Byrd in Chicago, Illinois, is a criminal defense attorney with real-world experience defending clients on DUI matters. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Illinois, you should contact a lawyer immediately. Attorney Sandra L. Byrd will explain your rights fully and make sure that you understand what you are facing.

From the moment you are stopped on suspicion of DUI, you should understand your rights and responsibilities. While you are required to be cooperative and respectful of law enforcement when you are pulled over, you must take caution concerning what you say and what you submit to.

Understanding Your Rights in a DUI Matter

You are under no obligation to submit to a field sobriety test (FST) or a chemical test prior to or after an arrest. The three field sobriety tests approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are:

  • Walk and turn
  • One-leg stand
  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN)

Officers use these tests to make a judgment about whether you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but these tests are not definitive. Impairment is subject to interpretation. There could be several factors contributing to a suspicion of DUI such as illness or poor road conditions.

Compliance with chemical testing is not mandatory, but refusal could carry additional penalties. Under Illinois implied consent law, you agree to chemical testing when you get a driver’s license. If you refuse the test you could face a lengthy license suspension.

Explaining DUI Charges in Illinois

DUI offenses can either be classified as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstances. For example, if great bodily harm or death occurred it could be considered a felony DUI . Additionally, multiple DUI convictions can lead to felony charges. According to the Illinois Vehicle Code, a person can be charged with DUI if they are driving:

  • with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher
  • under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating compound
  • under the influence of drugs
  • under the combined influence of drugs and alcohol

DUI convictions can lead to incarceration, loss of driving privileges, community service obligations, and fines. In addition, you may be subject to a monitoring device such as the breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) or the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM). It is a serious matter to have a DUI on your record. Attorney Sandra L. Byrd will explain what is at stake so you can weigh each option available.

If you were arrested for a DUI offense, contact Sandra L. Byrd today for a free initial consultation. She will listen to you and take the time to answer any questions you may have. From her Chicago, Illinois office, she serves clients in Cook County, Chicagoland and beyond. Call (312) 928-1000 today.
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