On January 1st, 2006 the law drastically changed making first time DUI arrests a felony.

"There is no such thing as a simple DUI case. On January 1st, 2006 the law drastically changed making even first time DUI’s a felony. A felony is a permanent conviction on your record that will follow you for the rest of your life, resulting in getting lower paying jobs and affecting your ability to ever become a legal resident or citizen. Every case can and should be fought. Did you know that you do not have to take the breathalizer test? And even if you did, if the police did not have a reason to stop your car or did not advise you of your choice to take the test, your rights have been violated. The odor of alcohol doesn’t automatically prove intoxication. Slurred speech is often used as a measure of intoxication and we Hispanics have accents which can be mistaken for slurred speech. Every piece of evidence against you can and should be argued or explained. Rule #1 Never ever drink and drive. Rule #2 Never take the breathalizer test. Everyday court rooms are filled with Spanish speaking people charged with DUI’s. Our people are losing their licenses, going to jail and even being deported. Cases are being resolved too quickly and without a fight."

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A DUI conviction can have serious effects on your life. Walk into any DUI court room in the State of Illinois and discover that at least half charged are Hispanic. Language barriers and police bias often contribute to improper charges.


Remember the attorney for the State must prove your guilt beyond any reasonable doubt. Every piece of evidence intended to be used against you can be argued on your behalf. The State must prove that you were either driving with an unlawful blood or breath alcohol level or that you were under the influence of alcohol or an illegal substance to the extent that your normal faculties were impaired.

The arresting officer must have a valid reason to stop your car to investigate and must also advise you of options and penalties concerning the breathalizer test. Understand your rights and protect yourself.

Here are some possible penalties that may result from a DUI conviction:

  • A conviction for DUI will go on your criminal and driving record.
  • Your driver’s license will be suspended for a period of time.
  • You may go to jail.
  • You will pay fines.
  • You may have an ignition interlock device installed at your expense.
  • You will be required to go to intervention programs and possibly further treatment.
  • Your automobile insurance rates may increase for several years.
  • It may be difficult to obtain life insurance with a conviction for DUI.