This Chicago DUI attorney has posted here, here, and here about how to avoid having to call her (or any other attorney that you know) to defend you. So why not hear it first hand from someone who experienced a DUI arrest? This didn’t happen in Illinois - the current court fees, fines, and penalties described in the article are about triple in the Land of Lincoln.
Here’s what can happen: You attend a small dinner party at your brother’s house with your 80-year-old mother, your visiting 74-year-old second cousin from Holland and assorted other family members. As per family custom, you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and several glasses of wine over a lovely meal full of conversation and laughter.
Around 9 o’clock, after a couple of small cups of coffee, and a little more wine, a thimble’s worth of Scotch, you prepare to leave, and do so. Ten minutes later, on a quiet country road near a small town, you notice flashing blue lights behind you; you stop, and you are spoken to by a young officer who asks if you have been drinking.
“Yes,” you say, “I had a couple glasses of wine at a family dinner.”
You are asked to step out of the car for some “field sobriety tests.” You do so, and perform the tests, and feel you have done quite well — except the one where you have to stand on one foot with your arms spread for 30 seconds, and . . . oops . . . you have to touch down a couple of times to keep your balance — no big deal.
You already know what happened don’t you? He did everything the officer told him to do, and found himself arrested for DUI.
It’s the holiday, I can assure you there are greater numbers of law enforcement out looking for DUI’s (valid or not) during this holiday season. Please take my advice, don’t drink anything, no eggnog, gloog, irish coffee or even a nibble of rum cake if you are going to be driving.