Chicago DUI & Injury Lawyer
Injury Cases Caused by Drunk Driving
Regardless of whether or not one has a past record of DUI, the fact that injuries were involved creates the potential for a felony charge and conviction. If one also attempted to flee the scene, the State will take a very aggressive stance toward the prosecution of the case. Now more than ever you will need the representation of an experienced Chicago DUI attorney. The team at the Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates has handled thousands of DUI cases in Chicago and the surrounding areas. As former prosecutors and experienced defense lawyers, we understand exactly what to look for in defending your rights.
A defendant facing DUI with injury charges will be subject to a Statutory Summary Suspension. This means that without any need for further action your license will be automatically suspended by the State on the 46th day after the DUI arrest. This suspension will run from 6 to 12 months for most first time offenses. Unless action is taken promptly to seek an exemption, or to obtain entry into a Monitoring Device Driving Permit program (MDDP), then your right to drive will be automatically suspended. There are a number of factors that would make one ineligible for a MDDP program:
- If your driver's license was otherwise invalid at the time of the DUI arrest
- If death or great bodily harm resulted from this DUI arrest
- If you have previously been convicted of reckless homicide or aggravated DUI, which resulted in a death
- If you failed a chemical test or refused a chemical test for DUI in the past 5 years (not including this arrest)
- If you are under age 18 years old
DUI Causing Serious Injury Will Result in Felony Charges
The loss of one's driving privileges and the financial penalties of a DUI conviction can be very difficult and burdensome. But even more trying can be the time spent behind bars as the result of a conviction. If the incident also involved serious bodily injury or death, you will be up against felony charges. The minimum prison time for a felony conviction is one year of incarceration. The sentence may be considerably longer depending upon the other factors involved. This punishment may drastically change the course of your life.
You will need the assistance of a highly experienced and seasoned legal professional to mount a strong defense against your DUI with injury charges. Contact a Chicago DUI lawyer who has fought hundreds and hundreds of DUI cases.