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DUI Defense

O’Connor & Semmerling Law Group defends clients who face Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges. Each DUI stop and arrest is unique. If an individual’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 or greater, he or she may be charged with a DUI offense. A DUI is a criminal offense that may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Typically, a first time offender will be charged with a misdemeanor. After a complete review of the facts, circumstances, and the law, we will properly advise the client of the charge(s) against him or her and the ramifications of the charges.


Statutory Summary Suspension of Driver’s License:
If a first time offender’s BAC is 0.08 or greater, he or she will receive a 6-month suspension of his or her driver’s license. However, if a breathalyzer and/or blood test is refused, the suspension increases to 12 months.

After the arrest and subsequent release, the Secretary of State will issue a Notice of Summary Suspension, which goes into effect 46 days after the date of the arrest. This suspension may be challenged.

Driving Options After Suspension:
Restricted Driving Permits are no longer available for people charged with DUI. However, a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) allows an individual to drive during the Statutory-Summary-Suspension period and after the installation of a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) in his or her vehicle. An MDDP will only be issued after a 30-day, hard suspension of the individual’s driver’s license. An attorney will explain to you, in further detail, the process and determination of an MDDP.

It is imperative that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible to challenge the suspension and to know all your legal options.

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