Chicago Criminal Defense FAQ
Accused of a crime in Chicago? Accused of a crime in Chicago? Check out the answers below to learn more about your case and how you can build the right defense for you. If you need answers that aren’t listed here, reach out for a free consultation.
Will I lose my license if I refuse a Breathalyzer?If you refuse a sobriety test, your license will be automatically suspended. Drivers give implied consent when they receive their license, so if you don’t provide that consent, you could face penalties. Your Chicago DUI lawyer can help you fight the results of your sobriety test.
I just found out about an arrest warrant against me. What are my options?If you’ve just discovered you have a warrant out for your arrest, don’t panic. An arrest can be public and embarrassing, but your defense attorney can make the process easier. For example, we can arrange a discreet arrest, explain your options for bail, and help you prepare a defense for your case.
Your Chicago criminal defense lawyer can help you talk to the police in general, as well. It’s easy to make a mistake and say the wrong thing to a police officer. Talking to a lawyer before you’re arrested can help you prevent costly mistakes and potential convictions.
Can my criminal charges be expunged if I was never convicted?In some cases, you may be able to dismiss arrests, criminal charges, and pardoned convictions. Expunging these charges removes them from your record, so your past charges won’t appear on your public criminal record.
Keep in mind that not every case type can be expunged, and many convictions could leave you ineligible for expungement. Because of this, you may need to talk to your criminal defense lawyer about your future and what you can do to get your charges dismissed now, not later.
Can I still go to jail for marijuana-related offenses?In Illinois, it’s now legal to carry up to 1 ounce of marijuana on your person. But that doesn’t mean it’s legal in every situation. For example, it’s against the law to drive while intoxicated, no matter the substance. If you’ve been charged with a marijuana-related offense and you’re struggling to understand new and changing laws, your Chicago defense lawyer can help.
How do DUI laws differ for commercial drivers?Commercial drivers are held to different driving standards, including lower legal limits on drinking. While other drivers must stay below a .08 percent BAC level, commercial drivers must remain below .04 percent. You could also face harsher penalties if you were allegedly driving drunk, including the permanent revocation of your commercial driver’s license.