One night of partying could lead to long-term repercussions. If you get pulled over and accused of driving under the influence (DUI) the consequences may last longer and pop up in ways you do not expect. One of the more immediate consequences is the potential loss of driving privileges. Another ramification, that is sometimes over looked, is the financial burden long after the charges have been dealt with.
What can you do?
Take immediate action. A good criminal defense attorney may be able to assist you with both your driving privileges and that long-term financial impact. Facing a DUI charge can be a stressful and emotional experience. You might feel like you should accept the charges as is to move on quickly, but good legal representation may help make the entire process less stressful and ease the impact. Research your options and do not settle.
What can legal counsel do when it comes to your driving privileges?
First offenders can apply for a restricted driving permit. These are offered to people in Illinois with driving privileges that have been suspended after a DUI. The Illinois Secretary of State has a program that allows first offenders to drive legal while suspended via the Monitoring Device Driving Permit program. The monitoring device is called a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). If you pay for and install a BAIID in your car, you can legally drive 24/7 during your period of suspension.
What can legal counsel do for you financially?
After a DUI, insurance rates are known to sky rocket. A recent study shows that hiring a good criminal defense lawyer can help you save money in insurance costs. This happens because a private attorney is more likely to get your charges reduced. Reduced charges could mean less money out of your pocket in the long-run.