DUI First-Offense


Chicago First-Offense DUI Lawyers

At the law offices of John W. Callahan, Ltd., we believe in going for the win. Yes, we understand that a first offense of drunk driving comes with a wide range of easy options, such as court supervision. The problem with this option is that it still leaves you with a suspended driver's license and a mark on your permanent record. We think that you're better off without either of those. In a first-offense DUI case, we think you're better off with the win.

The first time you are charged with a DUI, the prosecutor will provide you with a variety of options for settling your case. Although these options may appear easy, they do not factor in the long-term effects of having a DUI on your record. It is important to try to fight your DUI charges so that you will not have to deal with loss of license and a permanent mark on your record.

We look at every possible angle to try and beat your case. To speak within minutes to an experienced lawyer who can help defend you against first offense DUI charges, call us at 1-877-335-6697 today. You can also e-mail us directly.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Illinois, you are really facing two cases: a criminal charge that could impact your liberty and a civil case that could affect your driver's license. We can fight both cases aggressively on your behalf. In particular, this could include issues involving:

  • License Suspension — Keep in mind that if you don't quickly take action, your driver's license will be suspended 46 days after your DUI arrest. But you can contest this with us at your side.
  • License Reinstatement — As your advocates at the administrative hearing, we will push the state for you to get your revoked license back as soon as possible.

Our ability to make bold but meaningful moves has earned us credibility and respect in the courtroom. The prosecuting attorneys who we go up against time and time again in Chicago, Schaumburg and the surrounding parts of Illinois understand our dedication. We make it clear to them that, if they are not willing to do right and provide the results we want, we will fight to get them.

Another DUI/DWI Case Dismissed

We believe that there are many opportunities for success in every case. In one particularly challenging DUI case, we found success in cross-examining the police officer involved. After rigorous questioning to demonstrate that the officer was lying, the police officer finally broke down and said, “I don't care. I just don't care anymore.” The judge responded, “If you don't care, then I don't care.” The judge then found the client Not Guilty.*

In our years of practice, our attorneys have come to understand the value of providing aggressive representation in any case, including first-offense DUI/DWI cases. We start with the goal of finding a way for you to walk away without driver's license suspension and with a clean record.

Will a DUI Have Consequences for My Employment?

Employers know very well that some of their applicants for employment have faced DUI charges. In the past, employers would often ask, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” When a defendant received court supervision on a first DUI, he or she could truthfully answer no to this question. Now, however, many employers are asking questions like, “Has your driver's license ever been suspended?” Or, “Have you ever been arrested for a DUI?” If we successfully challenge the suspension and get the record expunged, you can honestly answer “No” to both of these more difficult questions.

Call us at 1-877-335-6697 to speak within minutes with an experienced attorney about your first-offense DUI/DWI case.

*These are past results and do not constitute a guarantee of future results.