Drunk driving charges: What are the options for fighting them?

In Illinois and most other states, the penalties under conviction for illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol are quite severe. When a man or woman suddenly finds himself or herself facing drunk driving charges, many worries may come to mind, especially regarding issues such as whether or not he or she will go to jail. Many people also worry about their drivers’ licenses, especially if it’s not the first time they have been charged with such crimes.

Under Illinois implied consent laws, you automatically agree take a chemical test when requested to do so if a police officer arrests you on suspicion of impaired driving. If you refuse to take the Breathalyzer, blood or urine test, an automatic administrative penalty will be enforced. If you believe your rights have been violated, this may be the first place to start when trying to build as strong a defense as possible.

If a police officer pulls you over, he or she may request that you take a field sobriety test. You are under no legal obligation to do so. The results from such tests may show probable cause to take you into police custody. However, if you choose to refuse a field test, there are no legal or administrative penalties.

Richard F. Blass & Associates, LLC, in Illinois base the guidance and support offered to those facing drunk driving charges on 70 years’ combined experience. Our attorneys consider your freedom and your personal rights top-priority issues. By requesting a consultation, you can explore your options and determine the course of action with the best chances of obtaining a positive outcome in court.