May 7th, 2013 at 4:21 pm
If you have been drinking any alcohol at all, it is safest to not take a chance in driving afterwards. Many people think that they feel fine, then end up getting pulled over and getting in more trouble than it’s worth. Your blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) only has to be at 0.08% for you to be considered legally drunk, at which point it is illegal for you to drive. It is possible, however, for someone to be cited for a BAC as low as 0.05% also, depending on the behavior and the officer’s judgment.
Regardless of legal trouble, it is also important to remember that driving with alcohol in your system increases your risk of being in a car accident. “With a BAC of just 0.06, you double your chances of being involved in a fatal accident,” according to the Illinois DMV.
If you are cited for a BAC of 0.08% or more, your penalty is stated within the Statutory Summary Suspension. Your license will be immediately suspended for 180 days. You will, however, be given a receipt that allows you to continue driving for enough time to fight your arrest and suspension. Forty-six days after your arrest, the suspension kicks into effect, disallowing you to drive. If you are cited for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as a first offense, your license will be suspended for a year. If you are under 21, it will be suspended for 2 years. With the help of a DUI attorney, you can petition for a restricted license, which may allow you to get to and from work.
If you are pulled over and asked to take a test to determine your BAC, your Statutory Suspension penalties become more extreme. If you refuse a test, the license suspension will be one year for a first offense and three years for a second offense. If you accept the test, the suspension is only 6 months for first offense, and 12 months for a second offense.
Along with a suspended license, you will also receive a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed in your car after your first DUI offense in order to continue driving at all. The installation fee is about $100, and there is also a monthly fee for rental and monitoring of $110.