Chicago DUI Attorney

Cook County Drinking & Driving Repeat Offender lawyer

Chicago Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer

In cities large and small, be they Chicago or Bolingbrook, a motorist's brush with DUI/DWI law can radically change, irreparably damage or possibly end a life in an instant.

If you have serious doubts about any aspect of your arrest for drunk driving in Chicago, Cook County or surrounding areas, you should be in touch with an experienced, skillful DUI/DWI defense attorney right away.

There is no shortage of such available legal help for those unjustly accused of DUI. But there is only one Hal M. Garfinkel. His track record of success in DUI defense, the lengths to which he will go to protect your rights and the 24/7 degree of availability to you that he insists on are all in a league by themselves.

Your free initial consultation with Mr. Garfinkel is as close as your phone, fax or e-mail. Reach out to him today for the helping hand and wise advice you need to put your life back on track and your vehicle back on the road.

Aggressive, Accessible and Affordable DUI/DWI Defense

Attorney Garfinkel is highly familiar with the following terms and situations necessary for a quality DUI/DWI defense, and can capably represent your rights with:

  • Drunk driving
  • Statutory summary suspensions
  • First, second or third offenders
  • Felony DUI, based on the number of DUI offenses
  • Reckless homicide
  • Aggravated DUI

Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois and the United States have developed a no-tolerance policy toward the connection between drinking and driving. From state to state, penalties have become harsher and blood alcohol content minimums required for arrests have lowered considerably.

If driver's license reinstatement has become an issue, or when anything DUI/DWI-related enters your life or that of a friend, relative or loved one, be in touch with the Chicago Law Offices of Hal M. Garfinkel LLC, Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney immediately.

Criminal charges for drunk driving can be very serious, even for a first offense. In addition to the loss of your driver’s license and increased car insurance rates, you will face steep fines and potential time in jail. You may also be required to attend treatment for alcohol abuse, use an ignition interlock device in any vehicle you drive, or complete a period of probation. If someone was injured while you were driving under the influence, or if you have previously been convicted of DUI, the charges can become even more serious.

Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are often used interchangeably, and they essentially mean the same thing. Illinois law refers to this offense as DUI, and a person is considered to be under the influence if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08%. DUI charges can also apply if a person is intoxicated due to the use of marijuana, prescription drugs, or controlled substances and is unable to safely operate a vehicle.

A criminal defense lawyer can examine the circumstances of your arrest and determine whether police officers violated any laws or procedures or whether there are any issues with the evidence used against you. For example, your attorney may be able to argue that an officer did not have a reason to pull you over in the first place, or they may show that the equipment used to measure your BAC was not calibrated correctly. Your lawyer can also help you determine what options may be available to reduce your charges or sentence.

Under the “implied consent” laws in Illinois and the United States, drivers are required to submit to testing of their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). However, implied consent only applies after a person has been arrested. You are not required to take a roadside breathalyzer test when asked, but this refusal may give an officer probable cause to arrest you. After being arrested, if you refuse to submit to a blood, breath, or urine test of your BAC, your driver’s license will be suspended for one year, and you may still be charged with DUI

First-time DUI offenders or multiple DUI offenders who receive a Restricted Driving Permit may be able to drive while their license is suspended by having an ignition interlock device (IID), also known as a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID), installed in their vehicle. This device functions like a breathalyzer, and it will require a driver to measure their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) before driving and at certain intervals. The vehicle will not start unless the driver’s BAC is below a certain level.

By Phone, Fax or E-Mail

Contact the Chicago law offices of noted Illinois defense attorney Hal M. Garfinkel today and schedule your free initial consultation. He can be reached 24/7 by phone, fax or e-mail to hear the details of the DUI or DWI charges against you.

If your current legal problems have endangered the status of your driver's license, he can lend his considerable knowledge and energies to potentially retrieving it for you in reinstatement proceedings. You will like the experience and aggressiveness he brings to the job of protecting your rights.

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