I recently got a dui. do i need legal representation at my court appearance? What are the chances of getting court supervision

Asked over 1 year ago - Eureka, IL

I also received a speeding ticket. This is my first offense for a dui. No wrecks or other vehicles were involved. I don't have a lot of money, and am currently unemployed....Is there a possibility of limited driving privledges, or that monitor that I've seen advertised that you have to blow into before your car will even start

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  1. Tiffany Rose Ritchie

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    Answered . DUIs are one of the most serious crimes you can be charged with when it comes to money out of pocket. Additionally, DUIs can affect many things in your future that you might not foresee. You don't necessarily need a lawyer to proceed. You can appear at your court hearing and represent yourself. But given the serious ramifications of a plea, even if you get supervision, I still recommend contact an attorney, at least for a consultation, to see if you have any possible defenses to launch. Depending on the facts of your case, there could be a possibility of limited driving privileges and use of a BAID interlock device.

    Tiffany Ritchie
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  2. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

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    Answered . I appreciate your humble financial station; however, you are facing one of the most serious traffic offences that have a lifetime effect on your driving privileges and employment prospects.
    You are rightfully concerned with driving eligibility after your court ordeal, however, to advise you in one single Avvo paragraph on such a complex legal matter would be inappropriate and even cavalier. I suggest retaining a professional to handle your DUI Illinois case.

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  3. Charles Gregory Schierer

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    Answered . Thank you for your question. Court supervision is not automatic. You qualify being a first time offender. You should hire a lawyer to have the case handled properly. There are many factors to consider and the evidence should be reviewed carefully by your lawyer before you consider any plea. Good luck.

    Charles Schierer
    Schierer & Ritchie
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  4. John Matthew Leace

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    Answered . Although they are misdemeanors, DUIs carry a bevy of collateral consequences. Thus, I always recommend that a person charged with a DUI hires an experienced criminal attorney. Make sure the attorney handles DUIs regularly because this is an area of law with a lot of nuance.

  5. Ted Harvatin

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    Answered . If you are over 18, no injuries, had a valid license, you qualify for MDDP. You don't need a lawyer for that.

  6. Steven H. Fagan

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    Answered . You absolutely need an attorney, and I've linked to a video explaining why. As to supervision, it may be a good solution for you, but that depends on the strength or weakness of your case, and a complete understanding of your criminal background - see the link below regarding supervision. Driving privileges are available, and again, I'll provide a link to a video explaining that more.

  7. Joseph A Lo Piccolo

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    Answered . Yes--You need an attorney. There are many consequences.

    I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a... more
  8. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.

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    Answered . You've already heard from multiple Illinois lawyers, good lawyers. They've told you to actually talk, in person, with a DUI / DWI / OWI / Drunk Driving Lawyer, now.

    If things are handled, you may well be able to avoid a conviction on this. Chances are better with a lawyer.


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