Cook County, Illinois Multiple DUI Defense Attorney

Sandra L. Byrd in Chicago, Illinois is a criminal defense attorney with a successful track record of representing individuals with multiple DUIs. Sandi has been named by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in the area of DUI defense. If you are facing possible charges for driving under the influence (DUI) in Illinois, Attorney Sandra L. Byrd can walk you through what to expect and help you understand your rights. She has successfully had charges reduced for many multiple DUI offenders and has obtained verdicts of not guilty for others. Any DUI matter is serious and requires an experienced attorney to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Understanding DUI Law in Illinois

A DUI is defined as operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicating substances. Chemical tests are used to determine the BAC, blood alcohol concentration, or to determine the presence of other intoxicating compounds in your blood, breath, or urine. According to the Illinois Secretary of State:

  • Three-fourths of DUI offenders are male
  • More than half of all offenders are under age 35
  • Most DUI arrests occur between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. on the weekend
  • Many DUI offenders drive with a BAC of .16 or above

Attorney Sandra L. Byrd works beyond the statistics, handling cases for people from all walks of life, ages and occupations. From first-time offenders to those with multiple DUI charges, she analyzes the circumstances for each client in order to build the best possible defense strategy.

Penalties for Multiple DUI Convictions in Illinois

The penalties for multiple DUI convictions are serious. If you have at least one prior DUI on your record, it may be in your best interest to fight multiple charges regardless of the facts. A conviction for a second DUI could result in mandatory jail time or community service, require serving up to one year in jail, fines up to $2,500 and a lengthy revocation of your privilege to drive. According to Illinois Law, classifications for multiple convictions are as follows:

  • A third violation is a Class 2 felony
  • A fourth violation is a Class 2 felony for which a sentence of probation is not allowed
  • A fifth violation is a Class 1 felony for which a sentence of probation is not allowed
  • A sixth or subsequent violation is a Class X felony

A felony DUI has harsher penalties than a misdemeanor DUI. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, those convicted of multiple DUIs can experience:

  • Fines up to $25,000
  • Extended time in prison
  • Revocation of your license to drive
  • Community service

In addition to these consequences, an offender may be subject to monitoring devices if their driving privileges are reinstated. Two common devices are the Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) and the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM). Both devices monitor alcohol consumption in an attempt to avoid future DUI incidents.

If you are facing multiple DUI charges, contact Sandra L. Byrd today for a free initial consultation. She will listen to the details of your case, explain your options and share her strategy for representation. From her Chicago, Illinois office, she serves clients in Cook County, Chicagoland and beyond. Call (312) 928-1000 today.

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