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Everyone makes mistakes, but there are severe consequences for those who operate a vehicle while intoxicated. If you are arrested for alleged DUI in Illinois, you are facing a serious matter.

The law firm ofGlasgow & Olsson is an experienced firm with a legal background spanning five decades. Our lead attorney, Mr. Thomas Glasgow is the only Super Lawyer in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and one of three Super Lawyers in Chicagoland. The Super Lawyer designation is bestowed upon the top echelon of attorneys throughout the United States.  When you entrust your DUI accusation matter with our firm, you are aligning yourself with a dedicated legal team that consistently exhibits legal excellence and stellar advocacy.

We can explore several alternatives to traditional sentencing for first-time DUI offenders that have a clean driving record and no criminal record.  Facing a DUI accusation can be daunting, but our attorneys will take you through the process and seek the best possible outcome.

Penalties for First-Time DUI Offenders

In Illinois, a DUI conviction carries the following penalties:

  • Up to a $2,500 fine
  • Up to one year in jail
  • Summary Suspension
  • Community service (100 hours minimum)
  • Monitoring devices

The purpose of a monitoring device is to measure the blood alcohol content of DUI offenders.  An offender who meets eligibility requirements may apply for a DUI Hardship License or Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). These options allow for specific, court-approved travel privileges.

Two types of monitoring devices are the Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) and the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM).

The purpose of a BAIID is to ensure the operation of a vehicle without being under the influence of alcohol. If an MDDP is sought and granted, a BAIID will be installed in the vehicle. This device requires a driver to blow into the device to test blood alcohol content (BAC). If the BAC is above the legal limit, the car will not start. The device will also prompt a test at random intervals during vehicle operation to make sure that the BAC of the driver is below the legal limit.

A SCRAM is a bracelet device that stays in constant contact with the skin in order to measure BAC. The device records BAC and transmits the data to a monitoring station. If the BAC exceeds .024, it is grounds for arrest.

Both devices are at the expense of the DUI offender. The BAIID unit costs about $150 to install and has a monthly operating cost of about $100. The SCRAM unit costs about $15 per day. DUI convictions carry harsh penalties and high out-of-pocket expenses. Seek legal counsel from a firm with DUI defense experts.

Contact us for your initial consultation to discuss your first-time DUI matter. Se habla español. We help people across Cook, Kane and DuPage Counties. Our offices are in Schaumburg, Illinois, and we serve clients in Barrington, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Wheaton, and throughout Chicagoland. Please call 847.577.8700 today.

Thomas Glasgow tried thousands of DUI cases as both a Cook County prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney. He was the author and instructor for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education course on aggravated or felony DUI for other attorneys, prosecutors, and judges.