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DUI laws are unsympathetic across the U.S., but in Illinois, laws are downright harsh – and for good reason. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 47 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in the state involve alcohol. That is why DUI charges are handled in criminal court. By hiring an attorney who specializes in defending DUI defendants, you can get a sentence reduced and more. Here are some more reasons why hiring one will be in your best interests:
They Understand the System
DUI attorneys are proficient in updated laws, standards regulations and rules, which are part of drunk driving cases. In other words, they know how to work the system when it comes to reducing penalties and sentences.
They do this by collaborating with local prosecutors to arrange plea bargains or solutions other than jail time for serious offenders. Since they have had years of establishing trust and integrity with the law and develop negotiating skills, they can represent you better than you can on your own. Most prosecutors will not even try and negotiate with defendants who do not have an attorney backing their claim.
They Can Save You Money
An experienced DUI attorney knows his/her way around the court system concerning these cases. As such, they can evaluate your case just by examining the evidence and hearing your account of the incident. Since they are familiar with substance abuse laws, they can determine the strengths and weaknesses of your case accordingly and ensure a favourable verdict.
In other words, with their negotiation skills, they have the ability to reduce any fines you may incur, the number of months your license is suspended and even get you a temporary license if yours is suspended. All of this will save you a lot of money down the line.
Drivers who are found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher is ‘under the influence.’ Those who have a blood alcohol content lower than .08 may also face impairment charges as well. Since the range of influence for a possible DUI or DWI is large, understanding your case fully can reduce chances of a possible conviction.
This is where the attorneys at Michael D. Ettinger & Associates can prove invaluable. We take each case as seriously as if it is a criminal offence and will represent you aggressively for a favourable outcome or verdict. Get in touch with us for a consultation today.