DUI / Traffic

DuPage County Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys Serving the Chicago Area

You are not alone if you have been charged with a DUI. Many people from every walk of life are arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence / Driving While Intoxicated every day. What you do next, however, is what will distinguish you from the other defendants. Choosing the best possible counsel to represent you in court is critical. Our DUI / DWI criminal defense attorneys are experienced and knowledgable in every aspect of DUI defense, including: initial bond reductions or modification of bond conditions; petitions to rescind the summary suspension; evidentiary hearings to suppress statements, illegal searches, or the breath/bloods tests; and of course the trial to establish your innocence.

A conviction for Driving Under the Influence / DUI will have serious consequences. A criminal record can drastically change your life. A conviction can result in your license being revoked, a $2,500 fine, jail time of up to one year, your car being forfeited and mandatory drug/alcohol classes.

Illinois DUI Law and Driver's License Suspension

Illinois law says a person commits the crime of DUI (driving under the influence) under these circumstances:

A person commits the offense of driving under the influence of alcohol when he [(drives) / (is in actual physical control of)] a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

There are two basic components that the state must show in order to convict of DUI:

  1. The operation of a vehicle (which means driving OR having actual physical control)
  2. Doing so while under the influence (of alcohol or drugs).

The state must prove these things beyond a reasonable doubt. If they do not prove both, there cannot be a conviction for DUI.

When you are charged with DUI not only are you facing the criminal charge, but you are typically facing a statutory summary suspension of your license. The Statutory Summary Suspension of your license goes into effect on the 46th day following the arrest. As such, it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible in order to challenge the suspension of your license.

Contact Our Aggressive and Experienced Attorneys to Protect Your Rights

We will use every tool at our disposal to ensure the best possible outcome. It is always in your best interest to consult an attorney who is willing to take the case to trial to secure the best possible outcome for you.

Call The Law Office of J. Patrick Nelson, PC today for a free consultation: 630-480-4280. In addition to having extensive experience handling DUI cases, we have experience defending the following types of traffic cases:

Illinois Traffic Offenses

Our traffic attorneys also handle a large volume of traffic cases including:

  • Speeding in a School Zone
  • Passing a School Bus
  • Aggravated Speeding
  • Driving with a Suspended License

Don't proceed to court without an attorney. It is imperative that you contact The Law Office of J. Patrick Nelson, PC as soon as possible so that you can receive the most favorable outcome. Located in DuPage County, our DUI and traffic defense attorneys work with clients throughout the Chicago area, including in Will County and Cook County.