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At Nold & Walsh, LLC, attorneys Daniel Nold and Patrick Walsh represent clients facing prosecution for various offenses, including criminal charges, DUI, and traffic violations. We also represent clients in domestic violence and personal injury cases. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your legal matter and learn how we can help.


Our firm represents drivers facing DUI charges. In Illinois, a person may face prosecution for driving under the influence if they:

  • Drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher
  • Drive under the influence of alcohol that impairs their ability to operate a vehicle safely
  • Drive under the influence of any intoxicating compound or combination
  • Drive under the influence of any drug
  • Drive under the combined influence of alcohol, drugs, or intoxicating compounds
  • Drive under the influence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the active ingredient in marijuana) if a blood test shows a THC level over five nanograms/deciliter or a urine test shows a level over 10 nanograms/deciliter
Commercial driver’s license holders have a stricter BAC limit of 0.04 percent while operating a commercial vehicle. Illinois also has a zero-tolerance rule for motorists under 21 who drive under the influence of alcohol, imposing a minimum three-month license suspension for any driver under 21 found with any detectable alcohol in their system.
Drivers may face automatic suspension of their driving privileges if they refuse to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test following an arrest on suspicion of DUI, even if they ultimately avoid a DUI conviction.

Illinois grades DUI as a Class A misdemeanor, which carries penalties of up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,500. More common aspects of a sentence for a first-time DUI conviction include fines, DUI classes or treatment, and community service. However, a second DUI conviction carries mandatory jail time, license revocation, and community service.

Felony DUI

We also represent Illinois clients charged with felony DUI, also called aggravated DUI. A driver may face a felony DUI charge under various circumstances, including:
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or intoxicating compounds and getting into a crash while transporting a child under 16 who suffers injuries
  • A second DUI offense committed while transporting a child under 16
  • A third or subsequent DUI offense
  • DUI while operating a vehicle-for-hire carrying passengers
  • DUI causing an accident that results in severe injuries, permanent disability, disfigurement, or death
  • DUI without a valid driver’s license or auto liability insurance
  • DUI after a prior conviction for reckless homicide while DUI or aggravated DUI involving death
  • DUI in a school zone with a restricted speed limit and causing a crash that results in injuries
  • DUI while holding a license suspended or revoked for DUI, reckless homicide, or leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death
Felony DUI convictions can result in prison terms ranging from one to seven years, depending on the grading of the felony charge.

Reckless Homicide

Drivers may face prosecution for reckless homicide if they drive with a conscious disregard for the fact that they will likely cause death or severe injury to others and unintentionally kill someone while operating their vehicle. Common examples of driving behavior that might lead to a reckless homicide charge include:
  • Causing a fatal accident while driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Using an incline to cause a vehicle to become airborne
  • Driving recklessly through a public thoroughfare or school zone with a school crossing guard on duty
  • Driving recklessly through a construction or maintenance zone
  • Failing or refusing to comply with a lawful order or direction of a police officer or traffic control aide
  • Causing an accident through reckless driving that causes the death of a peace officer performing their duties

Traffic Tickets

Nold & Walsh, LLC, represents drivers throughout Northern Illinois who receive traffic citations. Legal representation gives you a better chance of obtaining a favorable resolution to your traffic ticket. Every traffic ticket has different procedures and penalties. A conviction for a traffic violation can also have different consequences for different people. We help regular driver’s license and CDL holders resolve traffic violations such as:

  • Speeding
  • Driving while using a handheld electronic device
  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Failure to reduce speed
  • Speeding in a construction zone
  • Improper passing of an emergency vehicle
  • Passing a stopped school bus
  • Speeding in an active school zone
  • Improper lane usage
  • Failure to yield

Driver’s License Reinstatement

A motorist with their license suspended or revoked for refusal of chemical testing, a DUI conviction, multiple driving offenses, or other reasons may have the right to pursue reinstatement of their driving privileges. For some offenses, a driver may have to appear at a hearing before the Secretary of State’s office to pursue reinstatement. Other requirements for license reinstatement include:
  • Refraining from driving while under license suspension or revocation
  • Providing proof of economic responsibility (insurance coverage)
  • Paying applicable fees, including application fees, hearing fees, and license reinstatement fees
  • Passing a written driving exam, vision test, and driving test
Our firm can review the circumstances behind your suspension or revocation to determine your eligibility and the requirements you must follow to obtain reinstatement. We will help you prepare your application, comply with any preconditions, and represent you in reinstatement hearings.

Criminal Charges

After an arrest or indictment, experienced legal representation will help protect your rights, reputation, and future. Our Illinois criminal defense attorneys help clients face all kinds of charges, including:

  • Driving on a suspended or revoked license
  • DUI
  • Domestic battery
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Aggravated speeding
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Forgery
  • Battery
  • Criminal damage to property
We defend the interests and freedom of people facing misdemeanor and felony charges. Our attorneys have decades of experience with Illinois’s criminal justice system on both sides of criminal cases. We know how prosecutors build criminal cases and have the insight to craft legal strategies to counter the state’s arguments and evidence.

Domestic Violence

The legal team at Nold & Walsh, LLC, provides vigorous advocacy for victims of domestic violence. We have a proven record of success advocating for parties on both sides of domestic violence cases. We help domestic violence victims obtain orders of protection, no-contact, and no-stalking orders. Our attorneys also provide vigorous criminal defense for people facing charges of domestic battery or other domestic violence crimes, including violations of orders of protection and no-contact or stalking orders. Our firm helps people navigate a domestic violence case’s complex issues and procedures

Personal Injury

When you’ve suffered injuries in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the attorneys at Nold & Walsh, LLC, can manage the insurance and personal injury claims process to recover the compensation you need for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. We fight insurance companies that attempt to take advantage of the stress and financial troubles you may experience after an accident. Our firm can help you pursue financial recovery and justice after getting hurt due to:
  • Auto accidents
  • Defective or dangerous product accidents
  • Dangerous property accidents
  • Dog bites or animal attacks
  • Construction accidents
  • Assault and battery
  • Wrongful death
You usually have two years to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation. For this reason, you should consult an attorney at Nold & Walsh, LLC, as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Contact us today to get started with a consultation.


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Driving under the influence

Driving under the influence case

Driving under the influence starts at a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois, with penalties of up to 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine or both. 

Criminal Law

criminal law

Have you been arrested?  If the answer is yes to this question, then you need to protect yourself and hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Traffic Tickets

traffic tickets Illinois

The impact a traffic ticket in Illinois has on an accountant is much different than the impact on a school bus driver.

Driver’s License


Without our driver’s licenses, we wouldn’t get very far. Getting to work, school, the store, and even our parents’ house would be a real headache.

Domestic Violence


Domestic Battery is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and up to a $2,500 fine or both.

Personal Injury

personal injury case

The statute of limitations is generally two years, but each and every case has variables that impact the time you have to file a lawsuit.