Illinois DUI Laws
It is a crime in Illinois for a driver to operate a vehicle while impaired by the effects of alcohol or drugs. While most DUI's in Illinois are the result of drinking alcohol, you can also be charged with a DUI in Illinois if you are impaired from taking drugs or medication.
Illinois DUI law states that if your blood alcohol is above .08 then you are driving under the influence of alcohol. It is also illegal to drive a boat in Illinois when you are intoxicated. If you are not 21 and are driving with any alcohol in your system, it is possible for you to be charged with an Illinois DUI.
When pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving in Illinois you cannot be forced to take a breathalyzer test. Failure to do so can result in suspension of driving privileges. However, if you take a breathalyzer test you are also potentially giving the prosecution the evidence that they need for a conviction.
Possible penalties for being convicted of driving under the influence in Illinois include fines, community service, prison, alcohol classes and/or forfeiture of your vehicle. The actual penalty is based on many factors including: Does the offender have any prior DUI's; Were there other violations; Was the driver operating a commercial vehicle, was anyone injured.
If you are charged with a DUI in Illinois it is important that you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help defend you and advise you of your rights. Often the arresting officers make errors that allow incriminating evidence to be thrown out of court and often attorneys can get charges dismissed or reduced.
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