St. Clair County DUI Lawyer

Carl Civella, DUI Lawyer
(618) 219-8656

DUI Attorney Carl Civella

Protecting Your Driving Privileges after a DUI in Belleville

Safeguarding Your Record After a DUI in St. Clair County

Carl J. Civella, DUI Attorney
Carl Civella, DUI Lawyer
Carl J. Civella
103 S. Meramec Ave.
Clayton, MO 63105

Call (618) 219-8656

  • More than 22 years of experience in DUI defense
  • Former prosecutor who prosecuted DUI cases, giving him a unique advantage in the courtroom
  • Carl Civella has an impeccable reputation for defending DUI cases and he is well-respected among judges, prosecutors, and court personnel
  • Carl Civella is up-to-date with the latest technology in breath instruments as well as educated through DUI seminars across the nation
  • Highly personalized attention
  • DUI Law offices in Illinois and Missouri

An arrest for driving under the influence in Illinois can be the lowest point in one’s life. There are social, legal and financial consequences that could affect you for a long time. You could even lose your job. Whatever the details of your case and however difficult things may seem, don’t assume you are guilty. You still have rights protected by the constitution and the ability to challenge the case against you in court.

46 DAY WARNING: Following an arrest for DUI in St. Clair County, Illinois, the Secretary of State’s Office will seek to suspend your license. There are ways to fight the suspension, however there is a time limit.

Illinois DUI laws are constantly being changed with increasingly punitive penalties. In fact, the DUI Statute Code has been amended at least once every year over the past decade. This makes it very important to seek a qualified and experienced DUI attorney for a proper and effective defense.

St. Clair County DUI Lawyer Carl Civella understands the impact of an arrest for drunk driving, and he is ready to help you. He knows Illinois DUI laws and the DUI court system. Carl Civella will provide you with aggressive and experienced legal representation.

Attorney Carl Civella’s main objective is to help you avoid a conviction. He will challenge evidence, file motions on your behalf, study any available arrest video, review the arrest report for errors in criminal procedure/field sobriety testing, investigate the arrest scene and analyze the maintenance records of the breath testing equipment. DUI Lawyer Carl Civella will be thorough in the preparation of your defense.

Proven Results

December 2015
CDL driver charged with SECOND DUI offense. Police Officer arguably did not have grounds to contact client in the first place. Carl Civella got the case DISMISSED!

March 2015
Insurance agent from St. Louis arrested in Belleville, blew .145% and police report indicates she passed the One Leg Stand test.

February 2015
24 year old college teacher who was seeking state employment with Department of Agriculture. In vehicle crash and provided breath sample, charged with two counts of DUI.

December 2014
Repeat Offender avoids jail. A Belleville resident who worked as a bartender, and was exposed to jail time and to a 3 year loss of license. Police gave a defective warning to motorist.

October 2014
Paraplegic man from Fairview Heights was arrested for DUI and Open Container after striking another vehicle. No field sobriety tests were given due to his physical inability to do so. Carl Civella convinced the state’s attorney that there was weak probable cause to arrest.

September 2014
Shiloh, Illinois resident blows twice the legal limit and speeding over 21 miles per hour. Officer alleges he failed all field sobriety testing.

August 2014
Single mother of 3 children who worked as case manager for Department of Family and Children Services fell asleep at wheel. Failed 3 field sobriety test, and refused breath test.

May 2014
Single mother of 13 year old, employed as a Nurse from Swansea, Illinois blows .28% on portable breath test. Over 3 times the legal limit! Carl Civella negotiated a favorable result for his client.

May 2014
Army veteran outside of vehicle when police arrived, eventually arrested for DUI and Possession of Drugs.

March 2014
A 30 year old with top security clearance at Scott Air Force Base faced DUI charge that could lead to his termination, and loss of top security clearance. Poor weather conditions for field testing.

February 2014
Full-time student working on Master’s at Fontbonne University. Missouri Driver blew .18%. Carl Civella kept his record clean!

January 2014
Dupo woman who works for Department of Corrections slumped over at wheel when Dupo Police Officer contacted her and eventually arrested her for DUI.

November 2013
Former marine left the scene of an accident after striking 2 other vehicles. Arrested for DUI and eventually submitted breath sample of .138%.

September 2013
Belleville man arrested and charged with DUI after officer received dispatch about him as a suicidal subject. No field sobriety testing given, no erratic driving. Carl Civella got the DUI case dismissed!

June 2013
Pilot arrested for DUI and airline threatened to terminate him. Carl Civella examined the video and found errors made by police to establish grounds to arrest. Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus was only field sobriety test administered.

February 2013
Teacher from California crashed into curb and faced a first offense DUI in Madison County. He was exposed to a six months license suspension for blowing over the legal limit. Carl Civella convinced the state’s attorney that there was a lack of probable cause to arrest.

Past results afford no guarantee of future results and every case is different and must be judge on its own merits. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements.

Carl Civella, DUI Attorney with client

Free Initial Review of your DUI in St. Clair County

To receive a free review of your case, contact Belleville DUI Lawyer Carl Civella by calling (618) 219-8656 or filling out the request form. Carl Civella will listen to your side of the story, ask about your needs and then outline your legal options and his legal fees. There is no obligation so call now.

What happens to your Illinois Driver’s License after a DUI arrest?

Following an arrest for drunk driving in St. Clair County, the state of Illinois will commence a process to suspend your driver’s license. There are many complications best addressed with professional legal guidance. Generally, your license will be suspended on the 46th day after the date of your arrest. If you submitted to a breath test and failed, you could lose your license for 6 months. If you refused to take a breath test, the suspension could be for one year. If you have prior convictions for Illinois DUI within five years, the duration increases.

There are limited opportunities to challenge the statutory summary suspension of your license. This is a difficult process and the burden of proof will be on you. St. Clair County DUI Attorney Carl Civella understands the license revocation process and could help you retain your driving privileges. He will try to have the license suspension stopped through a special hearing or negotiation. Short of dismissal of the license case, Carl Civella will seek to obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) that will allow you to continue driving.

For immediate help call Carl Civella directly at (618) 219-8656.

Carl Civella, DUI Attorney

What happens when you’re found guilty for DUI in Illinois?

If found guilty of driving under the influence in St. Clair County, Illinois, you will be required to undergo an alcohol evaluation before being sentenced. The recommendations of a state licensed evaluator can range from enrollment in a 10-hour education program to 75 hours of out-patient treatment.

In addition, you could be jailed for up to one year, be fined up to $2,500, lose your driver’s license, need to perform community service and be made to attend Victim Impact Programs.

A conviction for drunk driving in Illinois will result in a criminal record. This could impact your ability to keep or find a job. Canada is more strictly enforcing its longstanding policy of disallowing entry to those with a criminal record, even for misdemeanor DUI.

The legal limit for intoxication in Illinois is defined as having a blood alcohol content in excess of .08%. The state Vehicle Code establishes that a motorist can be charged with the crime of DUI in Illinois for being under the influence of alcohol or a drug to which they are rendered unsafe to drive. This means that it is possible to be arrested for drunk driving in Illinois even if your blood alcohol level is below the legal limit. The officer simply needs reasonable belief that you are impaired to initiate an arrest. It is also possible to be arrested for DUI without actually driving. The law stipulates that you are considered in ‘physical control’ by being behind the wheel of a vehicle, even with the motor off. If you have been charged with DUI, it is important to speak to a Belleville DUI attorney as soon as possible.

A DUI is a criminal matter, and Belleville DUI Attorney Carl Civella is an experienced criminal defense lawyer. He will fight to keep your record clean. Protect your future by calling Carl Civella.

Meet St. Clair County DUI Lawyer Carl Civella

Carl Civella, DUI AttorneySt. Clair County DUI Lawyer Carl Civella provides compassionate and aggressive representation to those accused of driving under the influence in Illinois. He has over 22 years of experience in criminal law, with a focus on DUI defense. Carl Civella offers complete drunk driving defense, including assistance with driver’s license suspension and formulating an appropriate courtroom defense on your behalf. As a former prosecutor he has a unique perspective of both sides of an Illinois DUI. Carl Civella’s experience can make a difference in the outcome of your case.

In addition to excellent legal guidance, Attorney Carl Civella extends personal service, treating you with respect throughout the process. He welcomes your questions and will give you the attention you deserve.

For your convenience, he can schedule flexible office visits by appointment. Carl Civella will help you get through this difficult time.

Belleville DUI Lawyer Carl Civella regularly attends DUI seminars across the country, remaining current on DUI laws, emerging DUI defense strategies and the latest technologies used in breath and blood testing. He is admitted to the state bar in Illinois and Missouri. Carl Civella is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the American Bar Association.

St. Clair County, Illinois DUI Attorney Carl Civella graduated from St. Louis University, Magna Cum Laude, where he was President of the Executive Business Club. He received a juris doctorate from the Saint Louis University School of Law.

Free Initial Illinois DUI Consultation

For experienced Illinois DUI defense, contact St. Clair County DUI Lawyer Carl Civella by filling out the consultation request form or calling (618) 219-8656. Your inquiry is completely confidential and there is no obligation. Call now and let Carl Civella put his resources to work for you.

DUI Law Offices

315 North Main Street, Suite 3
Edwardsville, IL

103 S. Meramec Ave.
Clayton, MO

Carl J. Civella, DUI Attorney
Carl Civella, DUI Lawyer
103 S. Meramec Ave.
Clayton, MO 63105

Call (618) 219-8656

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Defending DUI Cases Throughout St. Clair County, IL

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