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Do you have to have an attorney in a DUI case?

ILLINOIS: Do I have to hire a lawyer or can I just represent myself? I want to plead guilty and move on with it. I'm in Cook County, Chicago. If I have to have one, how much will he cost?

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    Eric J. Bell | Law Offices of Eric J. Bell
    180 N LaSalle St, Ste 1821
    Chicago, IL 60601
    (312) 377-8416
    If you have any respect for your future and your life - you will hire an experienced DUI lawyer. A DUI conviction will revoke your driver's license. Additionally, a DUI on your record can have serious lifelong consequences.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 2/28/2013
    Carlos H. Davalos | The Law Office of Carlos H. Davalos
    1608 N. 16th Ave.
    Melrose Park, IL 60160
    (773) 312-0234
    You don't need an attorney, you can proceed pro se. However, this approach most likely forecloses the possibility of obtaining a lesser to even an outright dismissal of the charge. n.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 2/26/2013
    Vincent C. Machroli | Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C.
    High Point Plaza
    Hillside, IL 60162-1949
    (708) 449-7400
    The judge won't let you represent yourself in a DUI case, DUIs are tricky cases because they affect your driving privileges. Spend the $1,500 or so to hire an experienced DUI attorney, and later you'll be glad you did.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 2/26/2013
    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    You definitely need a lawyer for a DUI offense, as jail is a possibility in many cases.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 2/26/2013
    Melissa Smejkal | Law Office of Melissa Smejkal
    1328 W 18th Street
    Chicago, IL 60608
    (312) 968-2479
    Yes, you have to have an attorney. If you represent yourself you risk losing your license and doing jail time.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 2/26/2013
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