Attorney Young has been representing individuals charged with DUI cases for over 23 years.
If you are charged with a DUI offense, the sooner you take action in defending yourself, the better your chance of preventing the suspension of your driver’s license and winning your case.
A DUI in Illinois has two separate parts to be fought. The first, and the more important in the beginning of the case, is the Statutory Summary Suspension. This is the automatic suspension of a person’s driver’s license forty-six days after the day of arrest. The length of the suspension depends on whether a person has submitted to a breath (or blood or urine) test and whether the offense is a first or second DUI. If it is the first (no DUI within the past five years) and a breath sample was provided, the suspension will be for six months. If a breath sample was not provided, the suspension will be for one year. If this is a second or subsequent DUI within the past five years, the suspension will be for one year if a breath sample was provided and three years if a breath sample was not provided.
Because the suspension of a license automatically begins on the forty-sixth day after your arrest, this is when I would begin protecting you.
Once I am retained as your attorney, I immediately file a petition to have a Judge review whether the suspension should take effect. The Court must conduct a hearing within thirty days after I file the petition. Therefore, the sooner I file, the sooner you will have a hearing. It is possible to have a hearing before the suspension takes effect, as there are forty-six days before the suspension begins and your hearing will take place thirty days after the petition is filed. The Court must provide us an opportunity to prove that your license should not be suspended.