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Charged with a DUI in Naperville?
As the one of most highly rated DUI Defense lawyers in DuPage County, Brent M. Christensen frequently defends cases of drunk
driving originating from
arrests by the Naperville, Illinois Police Department. DUI lawyer Brent Christensen has a history of successful results for Naperville clients, despite Naperville's strict enforcement and prosecution of driving under the influence (DUI).
With his extensive experience in defending DUI charges exclusively in DuPage
County, Brent Christensen's clients expect and receive
unmatched legal expertise. What surprises many though, is the level of personal
service they receive as clients. The key to this committment to personal service
is communication. As a client, you'll receive unprecedented one-on-one access
directly with your lawyer, Brent Christensen, not
some junior associate or a paralegal. So whether it's by an office consultation,
phone call, email or text, you can be sure that every step of the way, you'll be
able to get your questions about your Naperville DUI case answered and your
What You Should Know About
When you've been charged with a DUI or "drunk driving" case in Naperville,
the first step is to arm yourself with as much knowledge as
possible. This step should come before you start
calling attorneys. Hiring an attorney is important, but hiring the wrong
attorney can lead to a very bad result in the end. So, to begin with it's
important to gather information about the nature of the Naperville DUI charge
that you are facing. Being charged with a DUI anywhere can be a daunting
experience. That experience can be even more daunting if you find yourself in
the unenviable position of having received a DUI charge from the Naperville Police
Department. The experience of Brent Christensen in Naperville DUI
defense can be an invaluable resource to:
1) Keeping a Naperville DUI arrest from becoming a conviction;
2) Minimizing the steep costs associated with a Naperville Illinois DUI; and
3) Avoiding the Summary Suspension of your Driver's License after a Naperville drunk driving arrest.
Here are some important points to know about Naperville DUI cases.
The Nature of Naperville Misdemeanor DUI Charges
Typically, most DUI first-offenders who are caught by the
Naperville Police Department under suspicion of driving while intoxicated are
not charged under the Illinois Statute prohibiting alcohol-impaired
driving.Instead, Naperville typically charges its DUI cases under the Naperville's Local
Ordinance. The reason Naperville uses a local ordinance to charge most suspected DUI drivers rather than the State Statute is simple. The reason is money. About a decade ago the Naperville City Council determined that by adopting a local DUI ordinance they could set a minimum fine for DUI that is actually higher than the minimum fine for a DUI under the Illinois State Statute .
Besides the costly impact of this move by the City Council, if you you are facing Naperville DUI charges, the prosecutor in your case will be a team of lawyers employed by the City of Naperville rather than the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. Because Naperville is one of the leading municipalities in DuPage County for making DUI arrests every year and because Brent Christensen is the leading DUI defense attorney in DuPage County, it is not difficult to imagine the large number of Naperville DUI cases that the Law Offices of Brent M. Christensen handles each year. Accordingly, our experience in dealing with the Naperville City DUI prosecutor is second to none in the field of DUI defense in Naperville or throughout DuPage County.
The Four Most
Successful DUI Defenses
As we discuss in the next section, one of the most costly mistakes people
make when they've first gotten a DUI is to assume the worst. Under the
U.S. Constitution the ultimate issue in any criminal case like a DUI
is whether the prosecutor can prove guilt beyond a reasonable
doubt. Even if you know you were intoxicated, you have an absolute right
to avail yourself of every possible legal defense. So before you go
rushing off to hire a lawyer who might automatically advise you to plead guilty,
take some time to consider some technical defenses that might be available
to fight the DUI case against you.
Winning DUI Strategy: #2 - Improper DUI Arrest
Winning DUI Strategy: #3 - Suppression of Incriminating Statements
Winning DUI Strategy: #4 - Improper Breath or Blood Testing
For More Information
DUI Chemical Testing
tests are requested by the police after they
have probable cause to believe you are under the influence. In the
overwhelming majority of cases the only chemical test requested by the police is
the breath test.
These chemical tests are often the most challenging piece of the prosecution's case against you. However, there are many factors that can cast doubt upon the accuracy of chemical tests. Each test is subject to error through a combination of variables that may alter or significantly affect the results of a sample analysis. The ability of a lawyer to identify and exploit these variables in court is what separates average lawyers from truly skilled DUI Defense Professionals.
After a DUI arrest the Police can request any or all of the following chemical tests:
- Breath Test - In DuPage County, the most commonly used breathalyzer instrument is the Intoximeter EC/IR. This device is designed to indirectly measure blood alcohol concentration by estimating the amount of alcohol on the subject's breath. A formula is used to convert breath alcohol level to an approximate blood alcohol level.
- Urine Test- A urine sample can be analyzed to determine alcohol content, although it can take up to two hours for alcohol to show up in urine. This test is also an indirect measurement of blood alcohol concentration through an estimate of the amount of alcohol in the urine that is used to determine the overall blood alcohol concentration.
- Blood Test - A sample of blood is drawn from the subject to directly determine the blood alcohol concentration in the body. Although the amount of alcohol is at its highest level about an hour after drinking, alcohol is quickly absorbed into the blood and can easily be measured through a blood sample.
Prosecutors often suggest these three chemical tests rely on "simple" science - when alcohol enters the body it enters the bloodstream and the body then seeks to remove it from the bloodstream through a combination of metabolism, evaporation, and excretion. Brent Christensen's knowledge of the extremely complicated array of variables that can skew this "simple" science is what has made him one of the leading DUI defense attorneys in the State of Illinois.
DUI License Suspension
The potential of Driver's License
Suspension is the most devasting aspect in the majority of DUI
cases. This is why DuPage DUI Lawyer Brent Christensen,
makes the filing of a Petition to
Rescind Summary Suspension the first priority. But where most
lawyers stop at the mere filing of the petition, Brent Christensen goes further
by issuing subpoenas for critical breathalyzer records before any suspension
begins. Not only is this preparation the
key to getting the summary suspension thrown out on your first
court date, it's also the reason Brent Christensen owns the best
record in DuPage County for winning
the rescission of summary suspensions. Wherever in
DuPage County you might have been arrested for DUI- whether in Naperville,
Lombard, Villa Park, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Downers Grove, Glendale Heights, or
any other town in DuPage County, the Law Offices of Brent M. Christensen can
achieve the best possible result in your DuPage DUI case and your Statutory
MORE ON LICENSE SUSPENSION
Field Sobriety Testing Explained
After being pulled over for a routine traffic violation, most DUI patrol
officers will attempt to sniff out any odor of alcoholic beverages on a
suspected DUI driver's breath. Then they will carefully observe how readily the
driver can produce his or her license and insurance card. Usually at this stage
in a potential DUI arrest situation the first officer on the scene will call for
back-up. Despite what they might admit to before a judge, most police officers
in this situation have already decided to ask the driver to step out of the
vehicle to perform tests "just to see if you're ok to drive." With very few
exceptions you should NEVER perform any tests while on the roadside. These tests
are called Standardized Field
Sobriety Tests (SFSTs), they include the HGN test, the Walk and Turn test and the One Leg Stand test - and you are
not obligated to perform any of them. Undoubtedly, the police officer won't ask,
he'll tell you that he needs you to do some tests. Indeed, he does need you to
do these tests because he needs to increase his chance of a DUI conviction.
Again, with very few exceptions you should always politely refuse to do ANY
tests at the roadside.
More on Field Sobriety Tests
The Portable Breath Test (PBT)
After the Police have administered the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests,
they will frequently present you with a Portable Breath Test while still
on the roadside. The results of a PBT by law cannot be used
in a criminal DUI trial but it can the test can be used by the officer for
purposes of establishing probable cause for an arrest. As a result the PBT
results can be used against you with respect to Summary Suspension of your
More on Portable Breath Tests
Naperville DUI Statistics
Naperville is typically at the top of DuPage County with both the
number of DUI arrests as well as the number of DUI arrests per police officer.
Here are the DUI stats for Naperville Illinois from the last year for which
complete statistics are available:
Total DUI Arrests: 622
Total Number of Sworn Police Officers: 164
Average DUI Arrest per Officer: 3.79
County County Ranking for DUI Arrests: 1st
Hiring a DUI Lawyer
If you've been charged with a DUI you may be kicking yourself for making a mistake. This is a natural reaction. But in order to move forward effectively you should try to focus on your next best move. This will require you to calmly evaluate your options in finding the best legal representation for your DUI. Don't let your initial mistake of driving after having one too many be compounded by making the mistake of hiring a lawyer who is not equipped to properly handle your case. As you weigh your options for hiring a DUI lawyer, be careful not to make these common mistakes.
We Get Results in Naperville DUI Cases
The Law Offices of Brent M. Christensen consistently achieves results in Naperville DUI cases that are the best of any DuPage DUI defense professional. The facts in each case are unique and require the skill, expertise, and attention to detail that Brent Christensen and his 18 + years of DUI defense experience brings to bear. If you've been charged with driving under the influence in Naperville, Illinois or a DUI anywhere in DuPage County it is important to hire the best defense lawyer -the best DuPage DUI attorney - the best Naperville DUI lawyer you can afford. Every year more people entrust the defense of their Naperville DUI to the Law Offices of Brent M. Christensen.
- Doug A., a DUI client
Your work in getting my license back saved my job. I really appreciate what you did for me
- Gregg S., a DUI client
I highly recommend Brent Christensen for DUI cases in Naperville. He showed great concern for my case and was able to negotiate a very good resolution.
- Martin M., a DUI client
Brent Christensen is the most amazing attorney I've ever seen. He represented my husband 4 years ago in a Naperville DUI case and was able to get the DUI charge completely dismissed. Then last year when I made a stupid mistake and got stopped for a DUI in Naperville, we turned to Brent again. His dedication to his clients is simply awesome!
- Nichole V., a DUI client
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