Criminal law in our society is the common notion of prosecuting crimes with the potential deprivation of liberty if a defendant is convicted. Quasi-criminal proceedings can include simple traffic offenses (speeding, failure to yield, improper lane usage) and petty offenses only involving a fine. However, traffic offenses can rise to the level of criminal prosecutions such as driving under the influence (DUI), operating a watercraft under the influence (OWI) and reckless driving. A first offense is a class A misdemeanor with potential penalties of a $2,500.00 fine, summary suspension of your riving privileges and jail for up to one year. A DUI with aggravating factors can rise to the level of a felony that by definition can carry a penalty of over one year of confinement and increased fines.
The criminal statues in Illinois are constantly changing and updating a website with changes is a full time job. If you are unfortunate to have been charged with DUI or a misdemeanor crime, you need experienced representation before the court and experienced advocacy with the prosecution because your liberty, driving privileges, or both, are at stake. While technically a liberty, it is a fact that one's driving privileges are a modern necessity and suspension or revocation of those privileges affects one's livelihood, family and standing.
If you are unfortunate and charged with a crime, you want an attorney who understands the law and the court system. You need a criminal defense lawyer who knows the methods the prosecution may employ in prosecuting their case against you and who will hold the prosecution to the procedural requirements of the law to insure your hard-won rights are observed. Scott W. Spaulding is that attorney. Contact the office via e-mail for a prompt response or by telephone at (847) 623-6100 to schedule a initial consultation with a criminal defense lawyer now.