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Attorney Shay T. Allen has defended clients in more than 100 DUI cases, with results including dismissals, not guilty verdicts and reduction to lesser included crimes.  He will take the time to understand your particular situation and guide the most effective possible response.

Call to schedule your free consultation: 708-960-0113.

What Are
DUI Charges?

Attorney Allen prosecuted over a thousand DUI cases for Cook County and now applies that experience to defend clients facing these charges. He handles:

  • All types of DUI charges in Illinois – There are six types related to the Uniform Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-501.(a)(1) to (a)(6).
  • Statutory Summary Suspension Hearings – In Illinois, you face an automatic suspension of six months if you agree to chemical testing of urine, blood, or breath and one year if you refuse. These hearings fight the automatic suspension of your license in connection with a DUI arrest.
  • First and Repeat Offenses
  • Aggravated DUI and Felony Charges

What Are DUI
“Aggravating Factors”?

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Illinois DUI cases may involve alcohol or other intoxicating substances. Depending on the charge, evidence of impairment based on officer observations, field sobriety tests, and chemical tests are relevant. Prosecutors are not necessarily required to prove your blood alcohol level exceeded 0.08 and may not need to provide evidence of bad driving. All charges require proof that you were driving or in actual physical control of your vehicle.

DUI offenses can have major consequences. Charges and penalties depend on the details of your case, including these factors:

  • Number of Offenses: A first-time DUI will usually be a Class A misdemeanor charge, with the possibility of a year in jail or supervision, a conditional discharge, or probation. A second offense brings stiffer penalties. A third offense may be charged as a felony aggravated DUI.
  • License Status – A first or second DUI offense can become an aggravated DUI if you were driving without a valid license or a suspended license.
  • Passengers, Injuries, and Damages – Driving with children in your car, driving a school bus, or causing an accident and/or injuries all raise the potential consequences of a DUI charge.

What Is
Proof of a DUI?

Attorney Allen knows the requirements of proof for every DUI charge and how to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Issues to consider include:

  • Police Procedure – The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects you from unreasonable search and seizure, which can provide a basis to challenge many DUI charges. Police officers must have a good reason to stop your car and must follow specific rules for an arrest. Not following procedure when performing chemical or field sobriety tests may make those results unreliable and unusable in your case.
  • Quality of Evidence – It may be possible to question the credibility of an officer’s observations in court, to question the proof that you were driving, or to use expert witnesses to testify to flaws in testing equipment or results. Contact us now.

Were you
Charged with Related Crimes?

DUI charges are many times accompanied by related criminal offenses for which Attorney Allen can defend you of including:

What as re the legal (or illegal) Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) kennels in Illinois?

Drivers under age 21 ................................................................................ .00

School bus drivers .................................................................................... .00

Commercial driver’s license holders ...................................................... .04

Drivers age 21 and over ........................................................................... .08

How much can I drink before going over the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level?

If on average, 1 drink = .54 ounces of pure alcohol*, a 170 pound adult male can have up to 4 drinks; a 137 pound adult female can have up to 3 drinks before going over the .08 level.

Is my license suspended when arrested for DUI charge?

If the driver refuses to submit to or fails to complete chemical testing, a statutory summary suspension will be imposed. If the driver is a first-time DUI offender, he/she may be eligible for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit. If the driver is a repeat DUI offender, he/she may be eligible for a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP).

How much will it cost me if I'm confused of a DUI?

The total Average Cost of a DUI Conviction in Illinois is $18,130.

Are parents and/or legal guardians responsible for a minor with a DUI in Illinois?

It is illegal for parents or legal guardians to allow persons under age 21 to consume alcoholic beverages on their private property, or on any property under their control or any vehicle or water craft under their control by either allowing the consumption of alcohol or by failing to control access to the alcohol. If a death or personal injury occurs as a result of consumption, the parent or legal guardian may face criminal penalties.?