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Chicago DUI Defense Lawyer

Experienced Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer in Chicago and Illinois

It is important to understand what the penalties are for a DUI, because a conviction can have a severe impact on your life. Experienced DUI defense attorney, James Shapiro, can help you to understand what charges are applicable for your case and will let you know what your legal options are. If you are arrested for a DUI, there are two separate avenues of prosecution that you will face. The first is a statutory suspension of your driver’s license, by the State of Illinois, and the second is criminal charges.

For the most part, in Illinois, a DUI most likely going to be a misdemeanor. However, certain circumstances may cause the charge to be a felony. James Shapiro will look at the specifics of your case and will let you know which charges are most likely going to be filed against you. A felony charge can result from the following situations:

  • DUI if someone in the car is under 16
  • DUI with injury
  • DUI without a valid license
  • DUI without insurance
  • Multiple DUI charges
  • Reckless homicide

Chicago DUI Convictions

Often, penalties for a first DUI conviction may include jail time, but it is not mandatory. If the person had a BAC of .16% or higher, a fine of at least $500 will be placed on them in addition to 100 hours of community service. Penalties will increase with the number of DUI convictions, and the severity of the penalties will depend on the specifics of the DUI charge.

There are times that a DUI charge can be resolved successfully during negotiations or at trial. James Shapiro can help you to understand what penalties you may be facing and will work to protect your legal rights and help you to obtain the best possible outcome.

Free Case Review with a Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have questions regarding your DUI defense, contact me today for a free case review at (312) 782-4615 or email


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