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DuPage County driving under the influence charge

What should you do if you are arrested for a driving under the influence of alcohol charge in DuPage County? I represented hundreds of people in DuPage County over the course of the past decade. DuPage County is a very interesting place to contest a DUI charge. The prosecutors in DuPage County are very professional and know what they need to do to try to keep the statutory summary suspension in effect so that you will lose your license.

The most important thing that you can do after being arrested for a DUI in DuPage County or Schaumburg is to file immediately a petition to contest the statutory summary suspension. I have found that by far the best way to eliminate the suspension on your driving record is to contest the suspension immediately. That way the clock starts ticking against the prosecutor immediately after you file the petition.

It is important that you act immediately to contact a professional DUI lawyer who is experienced in fighting DuPage County DUI charges from Carol Stream, Bloomingdale, and Naperville. If you have recently been arrested for a DUI charge in any of these towns or anywhere in DuPage County, feel free to contact DuPage County DUI lawyer John W Callahan to assist you with your charges.


- Posted by NAPERVILLE DUI lawyer John W. Callahan

What should I expect if I receive a second DUI arrest in Illinois?

I have been representing clients who have been charged with a DUI, around the Schaumburg and Chicago areas, for over 17 years. What many clients do not realize is that any subsequent DUI charge will add additional consequences to their sentence and additional time to their license suspension. Subsequent DUI charges can lead to longer jail sentences, longer community service, higher fines, longer suspension of your driver's license, and eventually the possibility of your driving privileges being revoked.

A person who receives a second DUI shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of either 5 days of imprisonment or 240 hours of community service in addition to any other criminal or administrative sanction if he is found guilty. A person will also face the suspension of their driver's license, which the person can appeal through a hearing. It is important to contact an attorney who can help you fight for your driving rights.

For more information about how to appeal your driving suspension or fight your second DUI arrest, contact our office to speak with a defense attorney experienced in DUI cases.

- Posted by Schaumburg DUI lawyer John W. Callahan

What should I do if I have been arrested for a DUI?

After representing hundreds of clients for DUI charges around Schaumburg and Chicago, Illinois I have had many clients ask me what they should do immediately after a DUI arrest. The first and most important task is to file a petition to contest the suspension. After a first or second DUI charge, the Secretary of State will attempt to suspend your driving privileges from anywhere from six months to three years. The suspension begins 46 days after the DUI arrest.

By far the best way to attack the suspension is to file a petition to contest that suspension immediately following the DUI arrest. While this does not guarantee that the suspension will be removed from your record, it absolutely gives you the best chance to knock off the suspension and prevent it from attacking your record and eliminating you from driving. This is the cornerstone of DUI defense.

I have won hundreds and hundreds of suspensions for my clients over the years and it is by far and area of DUI defense that gives me the most satisfaction. If you have recently been arrested for a DUI charge and are looking to attach the suspension and try to keep your drivers license, feel free to contact John W Callahan to assist you with your DUI arrest and defense.


- Posted by DUI lawyer John W. Callahan

What is an intoxicating compound?

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with drug arrests. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. One possible charge a person can receive in Illinois is for the use, sale, or delivery of a intoxicating compound. But what exactly is an intoxicating compound?

An intoxicating compound is any compound, liquid, or chemical that you ingest, breathe, inhale or drink containing toluol, hexane, trichloroethylene, acetone, toluene, ethyl acetate, methyl ethyl ketone, trichloroethane, isopropanol, methyl isobutyl ketone, methyl cellosolve acetate, cyclohexanone, the alkaloids atropine, hyoscyamine, or scopolamine, or any other substance for the purpose of inducing a condition of intoxication, stupefaction, depression, giddiness, paralysis or irrational behavior, or in any manner changing, distorting or disturbing the auditory, visual or mental processes.

For more information about what an intoxicating compound is and how to fight drug or DUI charges associated with the consumption, sale, or delivery of an intoxicating compound, contact John Callahan for a free consultation.


- Posted by criminal lawyer John W. Callahan

Will you face additional consequences after your first DUI arrest if your blood alcohol was 0.16 or above?

In my 17 years of representing people charged with driving under the influence of alcohol I have seen thousands of different scenarios that we deal with. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. One question I have often been asked is if a person will face additional consequences after their first DUI arrest if their blood alcohol was 0.16 or above? The answer is yes if the person is found guilty of the DUI offense.

A person who is found guilty of a DUI charge and if the alcohol concentration in their blood, breath, or urine was 0.16 or more, shall be subject, in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed, to a mandatory minimum of 100 hours of community service and a mandatory minimum fine of $500.

Depending on the court, county, and circumstances of the arrest, we are often able to prevent the breathalyzer from being entered into evidence and we can then beat the DUI charge. If you or a loved one has recently been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol charge around the Schaumburg, Barrington, Arlington Heights or any of the Northwest suburbs, feel free to contact John Callahan to discuss your matter free of charge.


- Posted by Schaumburg DUI lawyer John W. Callahan

What are the consequences of a sixth DUI charge?

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with DUI arrests. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. One possible felony charge a person can receive in Illinois is an aggravated DUI.

A sixth DUI is an aggravated DUI charge and a Class X felony. If at the time of the DUI, the alcohol concentration in the defendant's blood, breath, or urine was 0.16, a mandatory minimum fine of $5,000 shall be imposed in addition to any other criminal or administrative sanction. If at the time of the violation, the defendant was transporting a person under the age of 16, a mandatory fine of $25,000 and 25 days of community service in a program benefiting children shall be imposed in addition to any other criminal or administrative sanction.

For more information about how to defend against a DUI charge, contact John Callahan, a DUI attorney with over 17 years of experience.


- Posted by DUI lawyer John W. Callahan

Fifth DUI Conviction

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with crimes including a DUI in the Chicago area for over seventeen years. A fifth DUI conviction may result in criminal consequences and the revocation of your license for life and the suspension of your vehicle registration.

A fifth DUI conviction will result in an aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs charge and a Class 1 felony, for which a sentence of probation or conditional discharge may not be imposed. If at the time of the DUI, the alcohol concentration in the defendant's blood, breath, or urine was 0.16 or more, a mandatory minimum fine of $5,000 shall be imposed in addition to any other criminal or administrative sanction. If at the time of the fifth violation, the defendant was transporting a person under the age of 16, a mandatory fine of $25,000, and 25 days of community service in a program benefiting children shall be imposed in addition to any other criminal or administrative sanction.

For help dealing with a DUI charge or preventing your license from being suspended or revoked, contact our office. Don't face a DUI charge alone!


- Posted by best DUI lawyer John W. Callahan

Fourth DUI Offense

I have been representing clients who have been charged with a DUI, around the Schaumburg and Chicago areas, for over 17 years. Having a DUI can have serious consequences, especially if you have received a DUI for a fourth time. You will be facing not only criminal charges, but the revocation of your license for life, along with the suspension of your vehicle registration.

Every person convicted of committing a fourth DUI shall be guilty of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which is a Class 2 felony, for which a sentence of probation or conditional discharge may not be imposed. If at the time of the DUI, the alcohol concentration in the defendant's blood, breath, or urine was 0.16, a mandatory minimum fine of $5,000 shall be imposed in addition to any other criminal or administrative sanction. If at the time of the fourth violation, the defendant was transporting a person under the age of 16 a mandatory fine of $25,000 and 25 days of community service in a program benefiting children shall be imposed in addition to any other criminal or administrative sanction.

If you have any questions about how to successfully defend a driving under the influence of alcohol charge in Illinois you should feel free to contact DUI lawyer John Callahan to discuss your matter free of charge.


- Posted by DUI lawyer John W. Callahan

What are the consequences for driving intoxicated and causing an accident that resulted in another person's death?

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with DUI arrests. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. One possible felony charge a person can receive in Illinois is an aggravated DUI.

The Illinois law states that every person shall be guilty of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, or intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof if: the person, in committing a DUI, was involved in a motor vehicle, snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or watercraft accident that resulted in the death of another person, when the DUI was the proximate cause of the death. Basically, if you are driving drunk and someone is killed as a result of your driving, you will be charged with a felony DUI.

A person convicted of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, or intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof is guilty of a Class 4 felony or higher.

For more information about the consequences of an aggravated DUI, contact our office to speak with John Callahan, an attorney experienced with DUI cases.


- Posted by Schaumburg DUI lawyer John W. Callahan

What are the consequences of driving in a school zone while under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

What many people do not realize is that you can receive an aggravated DUI from driving intoxicated in a school zone and getting into a motor vehicle accident.

The Illinois DUI statute says that every person shall be guilty of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, or intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof if: the person, while driving at any speed in a school speed zone at a time when a speed limit of 20 miles per hour was in effect, was involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in bodily harm, other than great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement, to another person, when the DUI was the proximate cause of the bodily harm. A person convicted of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, or intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof is guilty of a Class 4 felony.

What this basically means is that if you are arrested for a driving under the influence of alcohol charge where you are found that you were speeding in a school zone and were in an accident where an injury occurred, you will face a class four felony charge of DUI. If you have recently been for a driving under the influence of alcohol charge or are facing other criminal charges in Cook County, Chicago, Schaumburg or any town in DuPage County, feel free to contact my office to discuss this matter.

Or for more information about the consequences of an aggravated DUI, contact our office to speak with an experienced DUI attorney.

- Posted by DUI lawyer John W. Callahan