Drug-Related DUI Charges
Many people are unaware that they can face DUI charges if police suspect them of driving under the influence of drugs - even prescription drugs that you are taking legally.
The effect that such a conviction will have on your driving privileges and insurance costs can be devastating. At Patel Law, PC, we bring years of experience to the defense of people throughout Central Illinois who are charged with drug-related DUI.
Why was I arrested for DUI?
If police stop you for a traffic violation and they have reasonable suspicion that you are driving under the influence, you may be asked to take a field sobriety test or Breathalyzer test. While you can refuse to take these tests, you will face a one-year suspension of your driver's license for refusal. If the Breathalyzer test comes up negative, the police officer may suspect that you are under the influence of prescription medication or a controlled substance such as marijuana. However, it may be difficult for the police to prove that you have drugs in your system. If police compel you to give a blood test at the hospital, the DUI lawyers at Patel Law, PC will make sure your rights were not violated and will suppress any evidence that was illegally seized.
Penalties for DUI in Illinois
The penalties for a DUI conviction include up to $2,500 in fines; possible imprisonment for up to one year; and loss of full driving privileges for one year. Repeat offenses could also result in the installation of an ignition interlock device. In addition, you could be required to purchase SR-22 high-risk insurance, which can add thousands of dollars to your insurance costs. To protect yourself from consequences like these, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible and do not make any statements to police that could tend to incriminate you.
Call today or complete our firm's online evaluation form to engage in a consultation with a Champaign criminal defense lawyer. Our firm proudly serves all of Central Illinois, including Urbana. We have nearly 20 years of experience and have represented thousands of criminal cases, so contact our firm today to learn how we can help you fight your drug-related DUI charges.