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Benjamin Robert Lawson

Chicago DUI / DWI Attorney.

Contributor Level 11
  1. I was in car crash while DUI, assume blood taken. 2 tickets(danger driving, speeding) but no arrest! Whats should I do now?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Jay Scott Finnecy
    2. Robert H. Hanaford
    3. Benjamin Robert Lawson
    4. Judy A. Goldstein
    5. Steven Michael Dioneda
    5 lawyer answers

    Your friend was incorrect. You need to hire a criminal defense attorney immediately. You also need to avoid talking about your case any more on this public forum.

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  2. Why am I getting charged with two dui's DUI - ALCOHOL - 1ST OR 2ND OFFENSE and DUI - BAC .08 OR MORE - 1ST OR 2ND OFFENSE

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Jeremy Ming Wang
    3. Raymond M. Flavin III
    4. Benjamin Robert Lawson
    5. Frank Mascagni III
    6. ···
    8 lawyer answers

    The State can choose either to prove that you were under the influence of alcohol and it impaired your driving or that your BAC was .08 or greater while you were driving. It is doubtful that you will go to jail, but a good attorney can explain your options and the likely outcomes of your case. Most attorneys, including many of the ones listed here, offer free consultations. You should speak to one as soon as possible.

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  3. What is the likelyhood these charges will get dropped?

    Answered 8 days ago.

    1. Benjamin Robert Lawson
    2. Judy A. Goldstein
    3. Paul Matthew Marriett
    4. Jeffrey Billie Douglas Jacobs
    5. Peter John Marek
    5 lawyer answers

    If you hire an attorney? Very small. If you don't? None. These are fairly serious charges, and there are several of them. They could have long term consequences for your license, your driving record and your criminal record. An attorney can help you minimize those consequences.

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  4. Blew under the limit but had medical rx in system. Got arrested blew , took urine and blood.

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Raymond M. Flavin III
    3. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    4. Benjamin Robert Lawson
    5. Timothy P. Martin
    5 lawyer answers

    Contact an attorney who practices in Kankakee (or wherever the ticket was written). I used to live there, and most defense attorneys offer free consultations. They can give you an idea of the charges you are facing and the potential consequences.

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  5. Dui case

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Jeremiah Steven Harter
    2. John Christopher Johnsen
    3. James Patrick McLane III
    4. Benjamin Robert Lawson
    5. Raymond M. Flavin III
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    6 lawyer answers

    A complaint is the formal method of charging any case. A DUI case may be brought either through a State's Attorney filing a complaint or by an officer writing a ticket. If the case is going to be upgraded, generally the State's Attorney will file a complaint that supersedes the ticket written by the officer.

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  6. Do I need criminal law attorney?

    Answered 10 days ago.

    1. Steven Michael Dioneda
    2. Benjamin Robert Lawson
    3. Paul Matthew Marriett
    4. Jay Scott Finnecy
    5. Jeffrey Billie Douglas Jacobs
    5 lawyer answers

    It rarely hurts to have an attorney with you. Oftentimes a local attorney will be able to give you an idea of the quality of an offer made by the State, and he/she can help you understand the strength of the evidence against you. Some attorneys will handle cases like these for only a small fee, and most offer free consultations. Try calling some local criminal defense attorneys or using Avvo's Find a Lawyer feature.

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  7. What should I do to avoid jail time?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Benjamin Robert Lawson
    2. Judy A. Goldstein
    3. J. Denise Carter
    3 lawyer answers

    You are facing a revocation of your probation and re-sentencing on the original crime as well as separate felony theft charge based on just the information you've provided here. In Illinois, a second theft-related charge is automatically a Class 4 felony (1-3 years), and, depending on the circumstances, you may be looking at a Class 3 (2-5 years) since the value was over $300. You need an attorney immediately.

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  8. Convicted of a DUI in absentia.

    Answered 16 days ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Benjamin Robert Lawson
    3. Anthony Bettencourt Cameron
    4. Julia E. Simmons
    5. Troy James Parrish
    5 lawyer answers

    This question doesn't add up. It makes very little sense that you were tried and convicted in absentia but not sentenced. If you were sentenced in absentia for what I presume would have been a 4th DUI, a jail sentence would have been mandatory and a no-bond warrant would have issued for your arrest. It may be that your sentencing hearing was stayed pending your arrest, but in that case an arrest warrant would have issued. It's possible that some administrative mistake has kept you out of...

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  9. What are my chances of not going to jail for driving with suspended license in Illinois?

    Answered 26 days ago.

    1. Ted Harvatin
    2. Eric Paul Hanson
    3. Benjamin Robert Lawson
    4. Daniel P Madigan
    5. Omer Jaleel
    5 lawyer answers

    A suspension for DUI is the most serious type of suspension, and the consequences for driving while suspended for DUI are harsher. They include a mandatory 10 days or 240 hours of public service work. You will need an attorney to represent you on this case.

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  10. I was charged for DUI. I refused to give breathylizer test. I was told my driver license suspended for 12 months.

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Donald John Ramsell
    2. Brian J. Conneran-Weig
    3. Benjamin Robert Lawson
    4. Raymond M. Flavin III
    5. Julia E. Simmons
    5 lawyer answers

    If you are charged with a DUI, you will need an attorney to handle the case. If you cannot afford an attorney you may qualify for a public defender. A public defender will typically not be able to handle license suspension issues, however. A good criminal defense attorney can do both. I'd recommend hiring one as soon as possible.

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