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Chicago DUI Attorney – Providing Award Winning, Effective DUI Defense

The State of Illinois takes Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) very seriously.  If you are arrested and charged with a DUI, you need to act quickly to make sure you hire the right DUI lawyer who will take the steps necessary to protect your rights, preserve your license and make sure you avoid the possibility of going to jail. Chicago DUI lawyer James Dimeas will take all the steps necessary to protect your rights and preserve your right to continue to drive your vehicle.  If your blood alcohol content is .08 or higher, you can be found guilty of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  You can also be charged with a DUI in Illinois if you have 5 nano-grams of THC (the marijuana ingredient) in your blood or more than 10 nano-grams of THC in your saliva.  In Illinois, most first time and second time DUI charges are a class A misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a fine up to $2,500.  If you are charged with a DUI in Illinois, you need the services of an experienced DUI criminal law attorney who knows what the law is and what steps need to be taken to protect your rights.  Chicago DUI lawyer, James Dimeas, has 25 years of experience handling DUI cases throughout Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County.

DUI lawyer, James Dimeas, was named a "Best DUI Attorney" in 2017.  He was also named as one of the "Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Chicago" by Expertise.  The National Trial Lawyers has named James Dimeas a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers."  The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys named James Dimeas a "10 Best Attorney Client Satisfaction." James Dimeas is truly one the best criminal lawyer in Chicago. If you are facing DUI charges in Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, or Kane County, you can contact one of the best DUI lawyer, and one of the best criminal attorney in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, or Kane County for a free and confidential consultation.

Illinois DUI Law – What Happens When You Are Arrested For a DUI

Illinois has some of the toughest DUI laws in the country.  When you leave the police station you will be given a court date and you will also be given a piece of paper entitled "Notice of Statutory Summary Suspension".  The Notice of Statutory Summary Suspension notifies you that if you took a blood alcohol test and your blood alcohol level was .08 or above, your license will be suspended for six months starting the 46th day after your arrest.  If you failed to submit to a blood-alcohol test your license will be suspended for 12 months.  Sometimes a DUI arrest will result in felony charges.  If this is your third DUI or more, you will be facing a felony DUI charge.  You can also be charged with a felony DUI if you were involved in an accident while under the influence and it resulted in serious bodily injury.  You could also be charged with a felony DUI if you did not have a license or insurance at the time of the arrest.  Another factor that could lead to the filing of felony DUI charges is if there was a child in the car at the time of the DUI or if you were driving a school bus.  Most first time DUI offenders will be eligible for Court Supervision which has the result of you avoiding having a criminal conviction on your record if you successfully complete your Court Supervision.  Chicago DUI lawyer, James Dimeas, can review your case and come up with an effective strategy to allow you to drive your vehicle and avoid a criminal conviction on your record.  Chicago DUI attorney, James Dimeas, has helped thousands of clients throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County and Kane County to keep their licenses and avoid convictions on their criminal and driving records.

If you are arrested for a DUI there is hope.  You need to find the right DUI defense lawyer who knows what they are doing and who has experience handling DUI cases so that they know what they have to do to preserve your rights.  An experienced DUI defense lawyer, like James Dimeas, will know what to do to keep the Secretary of State from suspending your driver’s license.  If your lawyer takes the right steps, they can keep your license in effect and can keep this case off of your criminal record.  DUI attorney, James Dimeas has the experience you can count on to effectively handle your DUI case.

The Secretary of State Will Try to Suspend Your License

If you are arrested for a DUI in Illinois the suspension of your driver's license will take effect on the 46th day after your arrest.  This is called the Statutory Summary Suspension.  The way to keep that from happening is to file a Petition to Rescind the Statutory Summary Suspension.  It is critical that this petition be filed as soon as possible after your arrest.  Once that petition is filed, you are entitled to a hearing within 30 days of the date that the petition was filed.  The sooner you file the petition the sooner you are entitled to a hearing.  You can request a hearing in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County and Kane County as soon as possible after your arrest. DUI attorney, James Dimeas, makes it a practice to file a Petition to Rescind the Statutory Summary Suspension on every DUI case.

If you are charged with a DUI, time is of the essence if you want to prevent the suspension of your driver's license. You cannot file a Petition to Rescind the Statutory Summary Suspension more than 90 days after your arrest.  If the Petition to Rescind the Statutory Summary Suspension is granted, your license will be reinstated and you will be allowed to drive your car without any restrictions.  If your license is suspended, you will have the right to operate your vehicle during the period of suspension if you obtain a Monitoring Driving Device Permit (MDDP) which allows you to operate your vehicle, without any restrictions, as long as it's equipped with a BAIID device. The Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device is a device that's installed in your vehicle which allows you to operate your vehicle as long as you provide a breath sample.  If you obtain this device for your vehicle, you will be allowed to operate your vehicle without any restrictions as to time or place during the suspension period.

Chicago DUI lawyer, James Dimeas, will file a Petition to Rescind the Statutory Summary as soon as you hire him as your lawyer for your DUI case.  He will serve a copy on the States Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Cook Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County requesting an immediate hearing in the DUI courtroom so you can keep your license from being suspended.  DUI lawyer, James Dimeas, will do everything to keep your license from being suspended.

James G. Dimeas Will Provide Effective and Aggressive Defense for Your DUI Case-By One of the Best Criminal Lawyer in Chicago

Criminal DUI Lawyer, James G. Dimeas, has been fighting DUI cases for 25 years.  Attorney James Dimeas has learned how to thoroughly examine the police reports and break down everything that the police did and show how their investigation was not done properly and that the police failed to follow the policies and procedures that have been established to prove guilt in a DUI case. DUI cases are won and lost in the details. Mr. Dimeas has won cases because he was able to spot mistakes made by the police that most other lawyers would never have noticed.  The ability to spot issues like that comes from 25 years of handling cases throughout Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County. Mr. Dimeas has handled cases involving almost all the local police agencies throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County, as well as well as all the County Sheriff's Department's and the Illinois State Police.  James Dimeas is a highly-experienced DUI lawyer who has spent decades handling criminal cases throughout the Chicago area, knows how the different police agencies train their officers and how they conduct DUI investigations and arrests.  James Dimeas is a DUI attorney who knows the DUI laws in Illinois and he knows what he has to do to make sure you do not lose your license or that you are able to drive your vehicle and go on with your life.

If you have a DUI case in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, or Kane County, contact James Dimeas for a free and confidential consultation about your case. James Dimeas can be reached at 847-807-7405 to talk to him about your case and find out what he can do to help you.

Client Reviews
I got into an argument with my ex-boyfriend. One thing led to another and when he came close to me I pushed him away. He called the police and when I spoke to the police I told them that I pushed him without realizing that you don't have to hit someone to be charged with a Domestic Battery. Being arrested was terrifying. I spoke to several attorneys who promised they would win the case and were charging a ridiculous amount of money. A friend referred me to James Dimeas. He was straightforward and honest with me and charged me a very reasonable and affordable fee. He got me into the Kane County Deferred Prosecution Program. I successfully completed the program and I just received paperwork in the mail that the case has been expunged and completely removed from my record. I highly recommend Jim Dimeas. He is an honest and straightforward lawyer that will look out for your best interests.
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Had a DUI and hired a lawyer who lived in my building that I knew for years and trusted. Thought he was my friend. Paid him (more than I should have) and he handled my case for almost a year and totally screwed it up. I fired him and found out that he had given up his law license around the time I hired him. A friend recommended James to me and he took over my case and handled it the way it should have been handled from the beginning. I cannot stress how HIGHLY I recommend James Dimeas. I wish I would have hired him from day one. He answered all my calls and text messages and cleaned up a royal mess that had been created by the previous guy that I thought was a lawyer. I consider James to be a friend and recommend him to all of my friends. What a great lawyer and an even better guy! J.P.
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I had been accused of doing something, by my then wife, that I did not do. I was 100% innocent and was at the lowest point in my life. My mother told me to call James Dimeas. Her friend recommended him to her. James fought for me in court and refused to back down, even when the prosecution offered to lower the charges and make me plead guilty. I refused to plead guilty to something I did not do. The case went to trial and James won my case. I was found not guilty because I was NOT GUILTY. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND JAMES DIMEAS! Not only is he a great lawyer, but he is also a great human being. The truth shall set you free! C.D.
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James Dimeas is a great lawyer who knows what he is doing and will guide you through every step of the process. He will go above and beyond what he needs to do to help you out. Sometimes I would text him in the evening or the weekend with a question and he would always respond. Really made me feel like he cared about me. When we went to court he tore apart the girl that was making false allegations against me and he won my case. That was one of the greatest day of my life. If you need legal help, the only lawyer should call is James Dimeas. Highly recommended! E.L.
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I am so lucky to have stumbled upon this great attorney. I made a really stupid mistake at the worst time. I needed to get a case dismissed within 2 or 3 weeks so I could join the military. I could not leave for Basic Training until the case was dismissed and Jim made some calls and got the case dismissed. What a great guy. I’m so lucky I found him online and called him! Somebody was looking out for me. J.S.
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