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Champaign DUI First Offense Lawyer

Driving under the influence goes by different names: DUI, DWI, drunk driving. It is a Class A misdemeanor. A first-time conviction can result in a year in jail and a fine of $2,500, plus court costs. Repeat-offense DUI and felony DUI convictions are much harsher.

DUIs Force a Difficult Decision

When you are charged with non-DUI crimes, the process is simple. All you have to give police is your name, license and registration.

In DUI situations, it's a lot more complicated. You will be asked to blow into a Breathalyzer and to take a field sobriety test. The Breathalyzer test forces you to make a difficult choice:

  • Refuse the test and withhold evidence that may be used to convict you, but have your driver's license suspended.
  • Take the test, hope you pass and hope you get to keep your license.

One reason the choice is difficult is that most people drastically underestimate the amount they have just been drinking. "Two or three beers" sounds like you might pass the test. But if the truth is that you consumed four beers with shots, you will pay a high price for your self-delusion.

East-Central Illinois First-Time DUI Attorney

How difficult is this decision? It's tough enough that honest lawyers don't have a one-size-fits-all suggestion for you. But call me at Harvey C. Welch at 217-903-2452 or toll free at 888-371-0807 and I will walk you through the decision.

Defending you against a DUI charge, I have a battery of legal tactics I employ. I can move to dismiss charges on the basis of an improper stop or lack of probable cause. I can challenge the findings of the Breathalyzer test.

There is also the possibility of requesting supervision, a process involving alcohol education and treatment. If you follow the court's orders, your case will be dismissed.

If you were charged with DUI, but not convicted, I can work to have the arrest expunged from your record. I can also work with you to have an interlock device installed on your vehicle.

A DUI arrest is serious business. If you have been charged with DUI, do yourself a favor. Call Champaign DUI first offense attorney Harvey C. Welch at 217-903-2452 or toll free at 888-371-0807.

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