So you’ve been arrested for a DUI. You’re nervous, scared, embarrassed, and probably more than a little upset. Luckily, you have about a month until your first court date, plenty of time for you to get your thoughts together, come to terms with the arrest, and figure out a plan going forward. While you certainly are entitled to breathe for a moment, you should consider hiring a Chicago DUI lawyer as soon as possible to help make the most out of your case. Here’s why:
- In most DUI cases, the offender’s license will be put on a summary suspension. The prompt hiring of a DUI attorney can help guarantee a much quicker reinstatement of your license. Your attorney will be able to file a Petition to Rescind, which must be filed 31 days before your court date. This is a deadline that approaches very quickly, and one that you don’t want to miss. Your lawyer will be able to correctly take care of this for you, and you’ll feel better knowing you’re doing everything you can to improve your case.
- The sooner you hire an attorney, the more time they will be have to build your case. The officer that pulled you over may have had a dash camera on, just as nearby security cameras may have been recording. If you obtain an attorney in a timely fashion, he or she will be able to request copies of these films before they are recorded over or deleted, in order to build a better defense for you.
- Additionally, the earlier you talk to an attorney, the better your memory of the arrest will be. Whenever your hire an attorney, they will pose to you a series of questions in order to understand the arrest, so the fresher your memory, the better. You will have a much stronger case if you can provide your attorney with a clear picture of what happened.
- Finally, it’s well known that the world of courts and law can be confusing and jargon heavy. You may not know what to do, how to plead your case, or how to prepare for your court date. The earlier you find an attorney, the earlier you can put your mind at ease. An experienced DUI lawyer in your area will know the best way to handle your case. They will understand local law, be familiar with the judge and likely the prosecutor, and will be able to easily translate the legalese so that you too know exactly what is happening at all times.
Jack Epstein is a knowledgeable DUI attorney with more than 22 years experience in Northern and Central Illinois. He has handled countless DUI cases and will be able to provide you with the exact information and support you need in your own unique case. If you have questions, or are looking for representation, The Epstein Law Firm would be happy to provide you with a free evaluation or a second opinion in your DUI arrest. To set up a free consultation, contact The Epstein Law Firm by calling 773-522-7000.
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