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Illegal Transportation of Alcohol Convictions In Illinois

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Illinois DUI lawyerWeekends are often spent having a good time with family and friends. When people attend social gatherings, alcohol is often involved. Even though many people make the wise decision to choose a designated driver who will safely drive everyone home, there are several others whose decisions are not as wise. People may “pregame,” or drink before a social gathering or event, which may include drinking and driving, and therefore illegally carrying alcohol in the car.

Consequences of Illegally Carrying Alcohol in a Vehicle

In the state of Illinois, it is illegal to carry or possess alcohol in the passenger seat of a car. It must be in the original container and the seal unbroken during transport. If a driver is caught illegally transporting alcohol in his or her car, then there will be a maximum fine of $1,000 and a violation on that person’s record.

For a second conviction that occurred within the same year as the first conviction, driving privileges will be suspended for one year. If the driver is under the age of 21, then his or her driving privileges will be suspended for one year for the first conviction, and revocation of driving privileges for a second conviction.

Statistics of Carrying Alcohol in a Vehicle in Illinois

From 2011 to 2015, the number of convictions for illegally transporting alcohol has decreased, but there are still far too many convictions that are occurring each year. No information for the years 2016 and 2017 have been updated, as of yet.

  • In 2011, there were 4,174 total illegal transportation convictions in Illinois, with 394 convictions for offenders under the age of 21.
  • One year later, there were 4,093 convictions for illegally transporting alcohol, and 363 convictions were for those who were not 21 years old yet.
  • In 2013, there were 3,619 convictions altogether, with 262 convictions for an offender under 21 years old.
  • In 2014, there were 3,569 total convictions, and 240 convictions were for those who were underage.
  • In 2015, there was a total of 3,458 convictions for illegal transportation of alcohol and 240 convictions for those who had not reached their 21st birthday.

Contact a DuPage County DUI Defense Attorney

A night in jail for illegally transporting alcohol is one that no one wants to spend. It is best to understand the rules on how to carry alcohol from one place to another. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, then McMahon Law Offices can assist you with your case. Please call an Oakbrook Terrace DUI defense lawyer at 630-953-4400 for a free initial consultation. We are also available during the evening and weekends.




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