In Illinois, a DUI (driving under the influence) conviction can result in severe penalties, including fines, jail time, and a driver’s license suspension. However, there are defenses that can be raised to contest a DUI charge.
One potential defense is to challenge the legality of the traffic stop that led to the DUI arrest. If the police did not have a valid reason for stopping the vehicle, any evidence obtained during the stop may be inadmissible in court.
Another defense is to challenge the accuracy of any chemical tests that were conducted, such as a breathalyzer test. These tests can be subject to human error or equipment malfunction, which could lead to inaccurate results.
Additionally, an individual may argue that they were not under the influence at the time of driving, or that any impairment was caused by a medical condition or medication.
Statutory summary suspensions, which are administrative license suspensions that occur separate from any criminal proceedings, may also be challenged. The individual may request a hearing to contest the suspension within 90 days of receiving notice of the suspension.
It is important to note that the best defense strategy will depend on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. It is always recommended to consult with an experienced DUI attorney to help navigate the legal process and defend against the charges.
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