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DuPage County DUI Defense LawyerIn the state of Illinois, over 20,000 drivers are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) on an annual basis. Despite the staggering numbers of DUI arrests, it is important to recognize the severity of a conviction. Not only will a DUI conviction lead to a misdemeanor charge on your criminal record, but it can also lead to loss of income, various other expenses, and even potential jail time. Below we will examine the true cost of a DUI conviction, and why you need to hire a skilled DUI defense attorney in the event of an arrest. 

Potential Loss of Income

First and foremost a DUI conviction can cost you your employment. For many employers, a misdemeanor charge and a public arrest are enough to warrant termination. If aggravating factors were present, and the conviction ultimately constitutes felony charges, the likelihood of termination is even higher. Even if you are able to keep your employment, community service hours and possible jail time will result in income loss.

The Cost of Regaining Your Driving Privileges 

After being convicted of a DUI, the convicted party will face a one-year license revocation period. In the vast majority of cases, a driver will be able to obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) but only after installing a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, installation and monitoring expenses of a BAIID usually costs an offender upwards of $1,400 annually. At the conclusion of the revocation period, you will be able to reinstate your license, but this process will cost approximately $500 as well. 

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Oakbrook Terrace DUI defense lawyerEvery year, thousands of Illinois residents are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI). According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, over 26,000 people were charged with DUIs statewide in 2018 alone. According to Illinois state law, a DUI conviction constitutes class A misdemeanor charges, significant fines, and potential jail time. It should also be noted that a DUI conviction will likely result in a one-year license revocation period. Statistics compiled by the Secretary of State’s office reveal that 96% of eligible arrested drivers lost their driving privileges in 2018. While the consequences of a first-time DUI conviction are severe, the impact of multiple DUI convictions can be life-changing. 

Examining Subsequent DUI Convictions 

If you have been previously convicted of a DUI, a subsequent conviction can result in increasingly severe criminal punishment. While a second DUI conviction still only constitutes a misdemeanor charge, the convicted party will lose their driving privileges for a minimum of five years and face mandatory jail-time or 240 hours of community service. In many cases, time spent in jail or community service time will impact a person’s employment status, and subsequently, their income. If a person is charged for a third DUI, the legal ramifications are significantly intensified.

According to Illinois state law, a third DUI charge will automatically be elevated to an aggravated DUI which is considered a felony charge. In some cases the escalation to a felony can be due to other case factors, such as traveling with a minor or causing bodily harm to another party. A third DUI charge is elevated to an aggravated DUI due to the fact that the driver has displayed a disregard for state law and a willingness to continue to drive while impaired.

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Illinois defense attorneySpending an evening with family and friends is a great way to start a weekend. Shying away from the hectic schedule at work can prove to be mentally healing, and everyone needs some time to step away from work. At a social gathering, alcohol may be present, and it may be tempting to partake. Consuming alcohol is not bad, unless the person drinking decides to drive afterward. It is always a good idea to have a designated driver take you back home, in the event that you decide to drink. However, if no designated drivers are present, using a ride-share is the best practice, as to guarantee a safe ride home.

The Effects of Alcohol in Your System

Illinois is a Zero Tolerance state, meaning that any individual under the age of 21 years old may not present any trace of alcohol in his or her blood when driving. Otherwise, the legal blood alcohol limit is 0.08 percent. However, even at a blood alcohol content level at 0.02 percent, the ability to make responsible decisions with driving can be impaired.

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Illinois DUI lawyerSpending an evening or weekend with family and friends is a common way to unwind from a very hectic week. Sometimes, these social gatherings include alcohol, and anyone who is driving must be aware of the adverse consequences that may follow after choosing to drink and drive. When leaving an event, there must always be a designated driver. However, if there is no designated driver, there is always the option for ride-sharing, as to prevent the possibility of driving under the influence otherwise. In Illinois, there are many DUI charges that have been administered, but ten notable cities in the state have experienced the biggest number of DUI charges.

Number of DUI Charges

In 2016, there were a total of 5,619 DUI arrests by the Illinois State Police. Between the years 2015 and 2016, the highest percentage point of DUI arrests included:

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Illinois DUI lawyerWe are now into 2018, with most of us on a clean slate. On New Year’s Eve, there are always parties that occur, which often include alcohol. Even though most people create a strategy to return home safely and without legal interference, DUI’s often occur around this time. Driving after consuming alcohol is very dangerous and can cause you and those affected undesired consequences, such as a criminal record, serious injury, or even death. However, mixing drugs and alcohol has been proven to be more potent than just alcohol by itself.

Why Is it Dangerous to Drive After Using Drugs?

Alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines have been proven to cause harm on the roads. Alcohol and marijuana have been commonly known to cause a delay in reaction time, impaired judgment of time and distance from other vehicles, and decrease in driving coordination. Cocaine and methamphetamines often cause the offender to drive aggressively and carelessly, and benzodiazepines, one of many different types of sedatives, can cause dizziness and drowsiness.

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Illinois DUI lawyerDriving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of marijuana can cause serious injuries and even death if an accident was ever to occur. However, how each substance is measured is different. Individuals may use marijuana for medicinal purposes, but they still need to be aware of the potential dangers of driving after using the substance. Individuals are alarmed at what they find out about the dangers of driving after using marijuana.

What to Know About Marijuana Use and Driving

Three years ago, in 2014, there were about 7,000 individuals who started using marijuana or similar substances every day. During the weekend nights, as many as 13 percent of all drivers have some amount of marijuana in their system, compared to only nine percent of weekend nighttime drivers in 2007. Alcohol and marijuana are the two biggest contributors to drugged driving.

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DUI lawyerNo matter how complicated the DUI defense process may be, it is not always perfect. Given the fact that everyone makes mistakes, some of them can be very serious and can negatively affect your quality of life. Filling out the paperwork for a DUI charge must be accurate, and no mistakes can be made. For more than seven years, at least 3,000 drivers in the Chicago area were arrested for a DUI, but their information was not logged into the State’s system.

DUI Mix-Ups Can Cause Serious Problems

More than thousands of people caught drinking and driving have avoided required license suspensions because of mix-ups in DUI papers. They have also could stay on the roads since their DUI paperwork did not go through or was mishandled. Research has found that the arrests of those drivers were not logged into the Illinois state computers to suspend their driver’s license. Because of these failures, there is much concern that there may be more dangerous drivers on the roadway than anticipated.

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Illinois defense attorneyIn two days, most of us will celebrate the holidays. For many families, this means that there will be several relatives coming over, with the traditional holiday tree, presents, and quality time. Other families celebrate the holidays differently. No matter how anyone celebrates the holidays, the day before often starts the deadliest season for drunk driving and related injuries. There are many facts that you need to know about DUI charges and the holidays, as well as how to protect yourself from a DUI charge.

Holiday DUI Statistics

Starting on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the holiday is considered the deadliest holiday weekend on American highways. Between the years 2012 and 2016, over 800 people died from alcohol-related accidents during this long weekend. Drunk drivers will be closely watched by the Illinois State Police, and everyone traveling during the weekend must have at least one designated driver. On average, the DUI offender is arrested between 11 pm and 4 am on a weekend after their social gatherings have come to an end.

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Illinois DUI attorneyWe live in a society where we often believe that drinking and driving is glamorous. Many movies and TV shows try to portray driving drunk as a part of everyday life. Unfortunately, reality is nothing like the movies. If a person is caught drinking and driving, he or she may be charged with a DUI, likely causing the driver to pay heavy fines, spend time behind bars, and even lose driving privileges.

If a person has made plans to drink, then he or she should plan ahead as to get home safely. Getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks can cause so many unthinkable risks that could drastically impact quality of life.

Why Do People Drink and Drive?

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Illinois DUI lawyerHaving a fun night out with family and friends is a good way to spend any day. Unfortunately, there are many situations when that same fun night may end up in one behind bars. Nobody wants to go to jail for something they could have easily prevented, such as getting behind the wheel after drinking or using medical marijuana. However, there is a huge difference between driving after drinking alcohol and driving after using medical marijuana.

What Are the Legal Blood Limits for Alcohol?

When a driver is caught drinking and driving, he or she will most likely go through a breathalyzer test to determine how much alcohol is in the blood. The blood alcohol content (BAC) is based on the percentage of alcohol in the person’s bloodstream. The legal blood alcohol content is 0.08, but anyone with a BAC of 0.05 and 0.08 may be convicted of a DUI if there is further evidence shown that the driver was greatly impaired while behind the wheel.

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Illinois DUI lawyerA drink or two of alcohol can be a great way to spend time with family and friends. In order to ensure the best quality of life possible, it is best to decide how to safely navigate traveling from the social gathering back home. If caught drinking and driving, the person affected may face very serious consequences, especially if he or she fails to submit to a chemical field sobriety test. If the person actually fails a field sobriety test, once submitted, then he or she may face charges as well.

Consequences of Refusing to Submit to Chemical Testing

Refusing to submit to a field sobriety test or chemical testing can end in unwanted consequences. If the person commits a first offense of refusing to submit, then he or she will lose driving privileges for one year. However, the offender may be eligible for driving relief and will be given a Monitoring Device Driving Permit. Once the person is issued the MDDP, then he or she will only be allowed to operate vehicles with the Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device installed, unless exempted by employment, and the offender must comply with all MDDP rules and pay all BAIID fees.

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerMarijuana was recently legalized for medicinal purposes, which has brought much controversial debate to society. However, even though marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes, the use of the product can still impair a person’s ability to drive. The person using medical marijuana for any given ailment should be aware of the limitations on his or her driving abilities, and should also take precaution on when to drive and consume medical marijuana.

Special Requirements for Authorized Medicinal Marijuana Users

In Illinois, individuals are allowed to use marijuana for medicinal purposes but must be registered with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Authorized individuals must also obtain a written certification from an Illinois licensed medical doctor. Once the individual is successfully registered with the IDPH, then he or she will receive a registry ID card with a notation on his or her driving record. Law enforcement will be able to review such information.

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