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Addison IL criminal defense lawyerWhile most traffic violations result in nothing more than a traffic ticket and fine, there are other, more serious actions that can result in misdemeanor criminal charges. What are these situations, and what should you do if you find yourself in one of them? The following information explains further, and it provides details on where to find assistance.

Examples of Misdemeanor Traffic Violations

Most misdemeanor traffic violations are related to either drunk or drugged driving (typically charged as a Class A misdemeanor for first and second offenses). However, there are several other instances that may result in a misdemeanor traffic violation. Examples include:

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Addison IL DUI defense attorneyBeing arrested on a DUI charge can be a frightening experience. In fact, about the only thing worse than knowing you are about to experience the consequences of a DUI is when you learn that the charge has been elevated to a felony. When and why does this happen, and what rights might you have in such a situation? The following information explains.

First Offense DUIs and Felony Charges

While, in most situations, a first offense DUI is charged as a misdemeanor in Illinois, there are few reasons why the charge might be elevated to a felony. Accidents involving the death or serious injury of another person are one of the most common scenarios. There are others, however, including:

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Addison IL DUI defense attorneyInitially, the consequences of a first-offense DUI might not seem all that frightening. After all, you have a clean driving record. What you may not know, though, is that Illinois is one of the toughest states on drunk driving. In fact, even a first offense can result in serious and lasting consequences. Learn about these consequences, and how an attorney can help mitigate against them, with help from the following information.

Suspension of a License

Upon conviction of the first DUI, the license of a driver is typically suspended for at least a year, provided they submitted a chemical test. If the driver refused a chemical test, driving privileges are suspended for at least a year. Some may be able to seek relief from this consequence through a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) on the 31st day after their conviction.

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