Stages of A DUI Case in Illinois
An arrest for driving under the influence sets two parallel proceedings in motion. The criminal charges and civil license suspension are separate, but related. Our attorneys know how to defend both aspects and how to work the DUI process to your advantage.
The attorneys of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., handle DUI defense in DuPage County and Kane County, Illinois. We are committed to protecting everything that you have at stake: your freedom, your criminal record, your driving privileges and your future.
Call 1-877-335-6693 or e-mail us to speak within minutes with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.
Protecting Your Interests at All Stages of a DUI
We know that a DUI arrest is scary, whether it is your first offense or you are facing the brutal consequences of a repeat DUI. We want to make this process as stress-free as possible for you, in the short term and in the outcome of your case. We will explain your rights and what is happening so that you know what to expect from an intimidating process.
The Civil Case — Upon arrest for DUI, the clock starts on civil suspension of your license. You have 45 days to take action, and the sooner the better. If you simply do nothing, your suspension will start on the 46th day. If you call Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., you have a fighting chance of keeping your driver's license.
If the court does not give you a license hearing within 30 days of filing, the Secretary of State cannot suspend your license. We have also had success challenging Summary Suspension in motions and hearings. Even if we don't win, the opportunity to cross-examine the arresting officer is very valuable for the criminal DUI proceedings.
The Criminal Case — The criminal charges require more patience and strategy. Your first court date is not the trial date. You will not testify at this hearing, but the police officer will, which gives us insight in how to fight the license suspension and the DUI.
The first court appearance will be 20 to 50 days after arrest. The second court appearance, the discovery hearing, will be about a month after that. The actual trial, if your case is not dismissed or resolved through negotiation, typically takes place three to six months after the arrest. In the meantime, we are filing motions and doing the investigative legwork to exhaust every defense.
We Win Cases That Other Lawyers Consider Hopeless
The lawyers at Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd. have achieved notable results in DUI defense by breaking down the evidence and refusing to take the prosecution's "facts" at face value.
Our proven DUI/DWI trial lawyers are here to protect and fight for those accused of drunk driving offenses. Call 1-877-335-6693 for a free initial consultation, or e-mail us. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. Serving Naperville, Aurora, Wheaton, Oak Brook, St. Charles, West Chicago, Downers Grove, and all of DuPage County.