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Chicago First Time DUI Defense Lawyer

Experienced First Time DUI Defense Lawyer in Chicago and Illinois

DUI defense attorney James Shapiro can help you if this is the first time that you have been arrested for a DUI. There are viable defense and plea bargains that can be highly effective. An arrest for a DUI will result in two different legal actions that you will need to resolve. The first is the State of Illinois suspending your driver’s license and the second if the criminal offense that you will be prosecuted for. James Shapiro can help you with both of these actions.

There are different penalties for a DUI conviction, depending on the specific circumstances surrounding your arrest. There can be a fine of up to $2,500, with additional charges if your BAC was over .016 or if you had a child in the vehicle. There can also be a prison sentence of up to one year. If you are convicted, you will have your driver’s license taken away for at least one year and you will have your vehicle registration suspended. You may also need to participate in community service. These penalties can impact your life greatly, which is why you need a qualified attorney at your side.

Felony DUI Charges

For most cases, the charges for a DUI offense will be a misdemeanor. However, certain circumstances can raise the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony, which has more severe penalties. Aggravated DUI offenses include:

  • DUI in a school zone, resulting in an accident that caused bodily harm
  • DUI resulting in bodily harm or death
  • DUI without a valid license
  • DUI without valid insurance

If you are under 21 years of age and receive a DUI conviction, you will have your driving privileges revoked for at least 2 years. A DUI conviction will become part of your permanent record, which can have an impact on future jobs or educational opportunities. James Shapiro can help determine which charges will be brought against you and what your legal options are to overcome the charges.

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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