Do I Need a DUI Attorney for First Offense?

Yes, you do. A DUI is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 365 days in jail and a $2,500 fine.  In most cases, the judge will insist that you retain an attorney or may appoint the public defender if you are indigent.  In some instances a person charged with a DUI may attempt to represent themselves, but you do so at your own peril.  If you do not know the law or the effect that certain outcomes may have on your driver’s license or criminal record you may be doing yourself a disservice by not retaining an experienced attorney.  See 625 ILCS 5/11-501 and 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-55.

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