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Other Alcohol-Related DUI Charges

October 25th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Although many people immediately associate a DUI with being pulled over and failing (or refusing to take) a breathalyzer test, there are some other common alcohol charges that might be linked to your case. When combined with a DUI charge, you can face increased fines and jail time if convicted. If you have been pulled over for a DUI and been informed about additional charges, seek the assistance of an Illinois DUI attorney sooner rather than later. Fines for DUIs and related issues are serious and you need someone who will fight for you in court.

 Providing alcohol to individuals under the age of 21 carries stiff penalties. If you are found guilty of this charge, you could be imprisoned for up to one year and can face penalties up to $2,500. If you are found to be illegally transporting alcoholic beverages in your vehicle, a point violation will be linked to your record, you could pay a fine of up to $1,000, and if it’s your second conviction in a one-year period, your driver’s license may be suspended. Failing a chemical test on its own leads to a one-year driver’s license suspension and refusing to submit to the chemical tests leads to a three-year suspension, so this added penalties can have a serious impact on your future.

If arrested under the age of 21 for drunk driving, the consequences are even more serious. With statistics on the record that drivers under the legal drinking age are 10% of all licensed drivers but connected with 17% of fatal alcohol crashes, Illinois State Police and local police are committed to a zero tolerance policy for teenage drinking and driving.

If you have been charged with a DUI or other alcohol-related offenses, you need an attorney you can trust. Don’t leave your future up to chance- hire an experienced Illinois DUI lawyer today.

What Happens if You Refused the Test?

June 30th, 2013 at 9:10 am

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Being pulled over for suspicion of DUI is a serious matter in the United States. To determine your blood alcohol content, the police officer may request to breathalyze or put you through field sobriety testing. There are also other test methods, such as, urine, breath or blood. You have the option not to take these tests, in which case the officer can arrest you and you may lose your driving privileges. Illinois has what is called implied consent law. This means that if the arresting offer has probable cause to believe that a driver has been drinking then it is understood that an Illinois resident is consenting to being tested. Any penalties you face due to refusing testing can be fought with the help of a DuPage County DUI lawyer.

In the case that you refuse testing, the officer must inform you that if you do refuse your license will be suspended. The first refusal will result in your license being suspended for a year. Prior refusals could mean suspicion of your driver’s license for three years. A full report of your refusal to be tested is sent to you and to the Secretary of State’s office. Again, your DuPage County DUI lawyer can help you fight for your driving privileges.

An officer can choose to arrest you even if you were not driving at the time the officer approached. If you have possession of the keys to a vehicle and are under the influence, the officer has the authority to make the arrest. However, there may be ways to beat a DUI in Illinois. Weaving while driving is not necessarily breaking the law. In some cases, standard sobriety tests may be inaccurate. Several factors could cause this and it is important to know that these factors may be.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Illinois, it is critical to begin to fight for your rights as soon as possible. Getting the proper legal defense is in your best interest. Call an experienced DUI attorney who will help you keep your license and to help you defend your rights.

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Elderly Ambulance DUI and Wrong-Way Drunk Driver

November 19th, 2012 at 7:33 am

Chicago saw an interesting case of driving under the influence, when an elderly man stole an ambulance to drive himself home. Two days later, another allegedly drunk driver drove on the wrong side of the Edens Expressway for several miles. Police caught the driver in both of these unexpeced scenarios.

WGNtv.com reported a story on the theft of the ambulance. The ambulance, which belonged to the Cicero Fire Department, was stolen by a 77-year-old man who had been kicked out of MacNeal hospital. John Neal, who was reportedly drunk and angry, got in the ambulance and drove off, without letting the fact that he does not have a license stop him.

Neal was arrested for his stunt, and a judge released him on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

WGNtv.com also did a story on the wrong-way driver on Edens Expressway. The driver was on the wrong side of the expressway for 11 miles, but managed to avoid hitting any other vehicles.

Police received at least 15 calls about the driver who persistently drove his SUV on the wrong side, until police were able to force the driver to stop and take him into custody. Police suspect the driver was intoxicated, but no subsequent information has been released on the matter.

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