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Alternatives to DUI Trial in Illinois

Avoiding a DUI Conviction is our Top Priority

At the law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., we do routinely beat DUI charges through pre-trial motions and by taking cases to trial. However, when the charges stick and the outlook for a trial is grim, there may be alternatives that avoid jail time, a public record and the worst consequences of a conviction.

We fight for our clients, and we often win cases that our lawyers consider hopeless, but we will always explore your options so that you are not backed into a corner. If you were arrested for driving under the influence, you need an attorney who gives you the best chance of a favorable outcome.

Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd. serves DuPage County and Kane County, Illinois. Call us toll free at 1-877-335-6693 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.

Illinois DUI Plea Negotiations and Alternatives to Trial

Our knowledge of Illinois DUI laws and our familiarity with the local cops, prosecutors and judges enable us to negotiate effectively. If our lawyers can't win your case outright, we will fight for the next best thing:

  • Court supervision
  • Probation and community service in lieu of jail
  • Lowest possible fines
  • Reductions from felony DUI to misdemeanor DUI
  • Reductions from DUI to reckless driving
  • Reductions from underage DUI to Zero Tolerance violations
  • MDDP hardship permits after license suspension or revocation

Court supervision is a one-time opportunity for first-time offenders. First of all, it allows the judge to waive or reduce penalties, namely jail time. You will be required to get an alcohol or drug assessment and attend counseling and classes. You will have to obey all laws, including traffic laws, during the supervision period (one to two years). Your license may still be suspended, and you may be required to install an ignition interlock.

Court supervision counts as a DUI conviction for law enforcement and driver's license purposes. However, if you comply with all the terms, it is kept off your public record — employers and insurance companies will not see that you were arrested for DUI.

Don't Try to Negotiate DUI Alternatives on Your Own

Plea negotiation is not automatically an option. Police and prosecutors want convictions and people who represent themselves typically have the worst outcomes. It is our job to poke holes in the prosecution's case and file the right motions to set our clients up for dismissal, acquittal or the best deal possible under the circumstances. We will fight for you at every stage of a DUI, from your first court appearance to sentencing.

Call Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd. day or night at 1-877-335-6693 or contact us online to speak directly with a proven DUI defense attorney.  Serving Naperville, Wheaton, West Chicago, Downers Grove, Addison, Lombard and all of DuPage County.