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Getting a DUI with Children in the Car: What You Need to Know

Drunk driving is not only illegal, it’s life-threatening. Every day, 29 people die in accidents that involve a driver under the influence of alcohol. The legal drinking limit in Illinois is .08. The average-size man only needs four drinks, and the average-size woman needs only three drinks to reach the legal limit. If you’re taking the family out to dinner, you may not think having a few drinks is an issue, but what if you get pulled over? You risk getting a DUI, and the consequences increase when there are kids in the car.

 

Are Drunk Drivers Always at Fault in an Accident?

Drunk driving is the cause of 40% of accidents involving fatalities. Are drunk drivers always at fault in these accidents? Are drunk drivers always arrested on DUI charges? The answer might come as a surprise. Here is everything you need to know about who is at fault in drunk driving cases.

 

Illegal Transportation of Alcohol in Illinois

Drunk drivers caused approximately 28% of fatal crashes in 2016 alone. There are plenty of laws that forbid drinking and driving, and they work together with other regulations to keep everyone safe. Almost all 50 states have laws that regulate the illegal transportation of alcohol. These laws are meant to ensure that people aren't taking drinks with them on the road. The most common types of illegal alcohol transportation laws are known as open container laws. They regulate where and when you can have or drink open containers of alcohol. In this guide, find out more about the Illinois open container law, and how to transport alcohol legally.

 

Should You Remain Silent During a Stop for Potential DUI?

If you’re pulled over for a DUI, what you do next could change the rest of your life. In Illinois, the minimum penalty for a DUI conviction is a suspension of your license. Depending on your circumstances, you could also face stiff penalties and even jail time. You’ve surely heard about your right to remain silent, but is remaining silent during a DUI stop a good idea? Here’s what you need to know.

 

Helpful Information for People Needing a Restricted Driving Permit

In the United States, 29 people are killed every day in alcohol-related car crashes. That is one death every 50 minutes. Driving while intoxicated is one of the main reasons that people get into car crashes, and why someone might lose their driving privileges. If you need your driver’s license back, do you know the difference in requesting a hardship license vs a restricted license? Do you know the difference between a Secretary of State formal hearing and an informal hearing? It’s time to find the answers to those questions. We are going to explain the hearing process at Secretary of State, and what happens if you are denied a license. We will also explain the differences between a hardship and a restricted license, and which one is right for you.

 

How do Miranda Rights Apply to DUI Arrests in Illinois?

Have you or a loved one recently been arrested for drunk driving in Illinois? Perhaps you have a DUI and want to better understand the process. One of the most important things to understand about getting a DUI is Miranda rights and how they work in conjunction with an arrest. Having the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney are highly important in any legal situation. Here is a full guide to understanding how Miranda rights apply to a DUI arrest.

 

Can You Successfully "Trick" a Breathalyzer When Pulled Over?

Unfortunately, there are a number of people who believe that there are methods a person can use in order to trick a breathalyzer into showing a false reading if they have been pulled over under suspicion of DUI.  The idea of drinking and driving is a difficult one for some people, because there's a legal amount of alcohol one can consume and still be considered legal to get behind the wheel under current laws. However, there are still those who risk it, and they could possibly believe that they have the secret to beating a breathalyzer. 

 

What are my Rights During a DUI Field Sobriety Test?

Over 26,000 DUI arrests were made in Illinois in 2017. Did all of these arrests involve a DUI field sobriety test? The short answer is probably not. The long answer requires a conversation about Illinois state law and your rights under that law. Knowing the Illinois rules of the road can stop you from getting yourself into trouble, and help you navigate your way through it if you've already gotten a DUI. Here is information you need to know about DUI field sobriety tests, DUI penalties, and more.

 

Can You Get a DUI for Sleeping it Off in your Car?

In every part of the country, driving while intoxicated is illegal. However, that doesn’t stop people from driving to the bar to have a few drinks from time to time. We all understand that a DUI is not good, so some might think that they can just sleep in their car and be ready to drive once they wake up. Unfortunately, just because it may seem like the smart move at the time, doesn't mean it's actually legal for you to do.  Let’s go over what the law says about sleeping in your car while you are intoxicated.

 

What is the Good Faith Exception?

You don't have to be a law expert to know that evidence that was obtained illegally can be dismissed in a court case. This is right is protected under the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution. Those rights are in place to make sure that citizens are protected against "unreasonable searches and seizures." However, there are times that those fourth amendment rights are interpreted a little differently than you might expect. When that happens, it's generally allowed under the Good Faith Exception. Let’s take a deeper look into what constitutes an illegal search and seizure and walk you through everything you need to know about the Good Faith Exception. 

 

What You Need to Know About the New Illinois Traffic Laws of 2020

The state of Illinois continues to seek ways to reduce accidents and their devastating effects. You will see a number of new laws in 2020 in an effort to combat the problem. Some of the Illinois traffic laws come with stiff fines and other penalties. Here is our overview of changes to Illinois traffic rules so you can drive safer and avoid crashing into a violation.

 

Seven Reasons Why Representing Yourself in a DUI Case is a Bad Idea

If you’ve gotten arrested and charged with a DUI, you’re left with two choices: represent yourself, or hire an experienced DUI attorney to represent your case for you. Representing yourself may seem like a better and more affordable option, but it’s not always the best idea. Here’s why.

 

Underage Drinking and Zero Tolerance Laws

In the United States, it's illegal in every state to drink alcohol if you're under the age of 21. It's also illegal in every state to be driving under the influence with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher. For minors, those rules are even more strict. Especially when zero tolerance laws are implemented. Let’s go over everything you need to know about zero tolerance laws in Illinois.

 

Even on the Water, it's Sober or Slammer

There's nothing like a summer in Chicagoland. The icy wind gusts and sleeting snow have finally gone away and it's the time for baseball, picnics, block parties, and taking the boat out on the lake with the boys and some beer. Drinking and boating may seem synonymous, but boating under the influence, or BUI is just as much of an offense as a DUI on land. 

 

What to do About a Seized Vehicle after a DUI

Illinois takes DUIs very seriously. Anything from hefty fines to incarceration to a seized vehicle can happen to the offender. If you've been arrested for a DUI and your vehicle has been seized, you need a DUI lawyer to help you sort things out.  Learn what you can do if vehicle forfeiture has happened to you due to a DUI. 

 

 

What the License to Work Act Could Mean For You

There are certain things we take for granted. Picking up children from school or getting to work using your own car is natural and even crucial to some. However, what if the benefit of the personal vehicle was taken away? That's what the people of Illinois were fighting for. With support from many interested parties, the American Legislative Exchange Council is among them, the Bill to protect drivers from suspensions was passed. Now, the drivers can breathe more freely, as long as their driving remains on the right side of the law, their license remains intact. So, with that in mind, let's dive into the license to work act.

 

Understanding the Ignition Interlock Device

Illinois has some of the strictest DUI laws in the United States. One of these laws says that first-time DUI offenders must pay for a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) on their vehicles. If you refuse, you don't qualify for a Restricted Driving Permit or a Monitoring Device Driving Permit. That means your license is simply suspended, and you can't drive for six months or twelve months. Are you trying to get a permit to drive after a DUI arrest? Here's what you need to know about the BAIID.

 

Illinois Still Has No Method for Marijuana DUI Detection

As of January of 2020, recreational marijuana use will be legal in Illinois, with certain restrictions. One of those restrictions is that it is illegal for someone to drive will under the influence of marijuana, just like the laws regarding alcohol. At the same time, the state still has a problem…there's no way to test for THC in the field.

 

What Does it Mean if My Driver's License is on Hold in Illinois?

In the state of Illinois, 75% of people arrested for a DUI (driving under the influence) are men. 57% are under age 35. Most were arrested between 11 pm and 4 am with a BAC (blood alcohol level) of .16. That's twice the legal limit in Illinois.  A DUI conviction is no joke. It may lead to fines, jail time, and even a DMV hold on your driver's license. All of this can make getting on with life very difficult, especially if you need to travel for any reason. However, what does a hold on your license mean? If you're wondering what a DMV hold on license is, here is a brief synopsis.

 

How to Get Back Your Revoked Driver's License in Illinois

Having your driver’s license revoked creates a lot of hardship that you will have to deal with on a daily basis. We often take for granted just how much driving we do every day. If you've had a revoked license in Illinois, you may think that you'll never be able to drive again. However, by taking a few steps, you can start the process of gaining your freedom back. Let’s go over the ways that you can get your revoked driver's license back in the state of Illinois.

 

Getting a DUI With A CDL License in Illinois

Did you know 86% of drivers arrested for a DUI are first time offenders? As most people are aware, driving under the influence is a serious offense in every state. Offenders face fees, loss of license, and jail time. Having a driver’s license in Illinois is considered a privilege, so violating the state’s laws subjects you to losing that privilege. Not every driver does so recreationally, however. What happens to drivers that get arrested for driving under the influence and hold a commercial driver’s license in Illinois? Find out more.

 

What to Do After a First Offense DUI on Prescription Medication​

When we hear the words, "driving under the influence," most people automatically think of driving after they've been drinking. In reality, the term DUI encompasses being under the influence of a variety of substances, including prescription drugs. Drivers tend to think that the risk of driving under the influence of these substances is not as serious. This is evidenced by the fact that as many as 20% of nightime drivers were foundto test positive for some kind of drug. However, driving under the influence of prescription medications is a big deal, and can even lead to being charged with a DUI in Illinois. 

 

 

What Are the Chances of Failing a Field Sobriety Test While Sober?

It may surprise you to know that field sobriety tests only have 66-77% accuracy, and the majority of DUI arrests in Illinois get based on field sobriety tests. Yet only 77% of horizontal gaze nystagmus tests, 68% of walk-and-turn tests, and 65% of one-leg-stand tests are accurate. This begs the question, could you fail one of these tests even if you haven't been drinking any alcohol? Unfortunately, it is possible in certain circumstances. Let's take a look how.

 

Understanding Your Rights for a DUI Stop in Illinois

27,046 DUI arrests were made in Illinois in 2017. If your car gets pulled over for a DUI stop, you are probably wondering what your rights are. Can you refuse a breathalyzer test? Will there be a field sobriety test? Can police officers search your car without permission? Let's take a look at some important facts.

 

The Consequences of a DUI: How to Get a Revoked License Reinstated

Illinois takes DUI's very seriously. In 2009, it doubled the penalties for first-time offenders. In other words, if you get caught drinking and driving in the State of Illinois, you will get your license taken away. Fortunatley, your time behind the wheel isn't over for life. Here's how to get a revoked license reinstated

 

Drunk While Sleeping in Your Car: Can You Still Get A DUI in Illinois?

There are some states that have expanded the DUI law. There are even states, like Illinois, that can charge you with DUI if you are sleeping in your car while intoxicated. Knowing the law is important and can save you a big headache if you decide to sleep it off in your car. Let’s go over the DUI laws in Illinois, and whether you can get arrested for sleeping drunk in your car.

 

What is Court Supervision for a DUI in Illinois? 

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being arrested for a DUI, you need to know about the potential penalties and how you should proceed. Lucky for you, if it's a first-time offense, you might be eligible for court supervision. This can be beneficial to DUI offenders because it doesn't involve jail time, and you'll get the opportunity to show the courts that you can behave and not violate the law for a period of time, resulting in a -non-conviction of the DUI charge. It is time to learn more about Illinois DUI laws, potential penalties, your options, and an answer to the question, "What is court supervision?"

 

How to Handle a Suspended License Traffic Tickets 

When you get your driver's license the first time, it is made very clear that if you abuse the privilege, it could be taken from you. It's a way of encouraging people to drive safely, but at the same time the City of Chicago and other municipalities also generate hundreds of millions in revenue from traffic tickets each year. Cities use license suspension as the carrot-and-stick to prevent non-payment of tickets. If you are wondering how you lost your license, and how to get it back, here is a brief overview of how it works in the state of Illinois. 

 

How and When Did Driving Under The Influence Become Illegal?

Did you know the first DUI arrest was made in 1897? 1 in 3 people will be a part of some sort of drunk driving crash during their lifetime. So where did it all begin? What's the DUI history? In 1910, the first United States law against DUI went into effect, but there have been a lot of changes since then, and every state is different. Let's look at the history of DUI laws and in particular, and how they pertain to Illinois.

 

What to Do When Your Driver's License is Revoked

You've lost your license, so you need to make a plan not just on how to get it back, but on how you will get around. After all, "my license was revoked" will not work as an excuse to not go to work anymore. In fact, finding a way to go to work will build faith in both legal officials and your current employer. If you're a driver who recently lost his or her license in Illinois, not all hope is lost. Here are steps you can take to get your license back in Illinois.

 

How Will New Laws Impact Marijuana DUIs in Illinois?

Ever since it became legal and a useful replacement for patients who would otherwise use opioids, medical marijuana use has spiked in IllinoisThe increase of DUIs from marijuana use is only going to climb as more people use it medicinally and then get behind the wheel. Here is everything you need to know about how things are going to change.

 

What Do You Need to Know About Illinois DUI Laws in 2019?

We're going to take a look at what you should know about receiving a DUI in Illinois in 2019, as well as what the law changes mean for sentencing. We want to reiterate, you should always drive sober. If you have consumed any alcohol, find a ride home. However, if someone you know asks what they can expect, you can share this information.

 

Formal vs. Informal Hearing in Illinois: What's the Difference?

Even minor traffic offenses can leave you with a suspended or revoked license. So how are you supposed to get it back? Depending on your circumstances, you'll either need to request a formal hearing or go to an informal hearing. Not sure how those two hearings are different? We'll lay it out for you. 

 

How Much Will a DUI Cost You?

It is a crime in every state to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and if you are caught driving under the influence, chances are you will receive a DUI. However, a DUI conviction varies from state to state. In some states, a first-time DUI offense comes with attached jail time and a hefty fine. In others, drivers may just have to pay a fine. There are many costs associated with DUI, both on your wallet and your record. It is also important to know your options after receiving a DUI.

 

Initial DUI Case Process: Your First DUI Court Date and What to Expect

If you have been charged with a DUI for the first time, you might be feeling overwhelmed. You probably are worried about what will happen, and what effect a DUI will have on your future. A DUI can impact your life both personally and professionally, so it's important to understand the legal process you're facing. That's why it's a good idea to speak with a DUI attorney as soon as possible. If you are facing DUI charges, it's important to know the court process. Learn everything you need to know about your first DUI court date and what to expect.

 

Attempting to Reduce DUI Charges ​

A DUI charge does not necessarily mean you were drinking and driving. It can include driving while under the influence of prescription medications, or even over-the-counter ones. However, the penalties are usually the same for each infraction.  Whenever you have been charged with DUI, whether it is for alcohol or for medications, trying to have the charges reduced is a good idea for your criminal record. While it's possible to have the charge reduced on your own, you will see far more success with the help of an attorney

 

What Rights do Illinois Drivers Have at Sobriety Checkpoints? ​

In 1990, the US Supreme Court decided that despite the Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens from searches and seizures, sobriety checkpoints are completely legal. The argument is that checkpoints are ways to protect the innocent from drunk drivers. If you are living in Illinois, and encounter a sobriety checkpoint, it's vitally important that you understand what rights you have during these searches. 

 

Driving Without a Valid Driver's License in Illinois? ​

While there are no verifiable stats, there are many more unlicensed drivers on the road than you think. The reasons people choose to drive without driver's license might vary, however one thing remains true. Unlicensed drivers make the roads a safety hazard for themselves and everyone around them. In an effort to keep our roads safe, learn why driving without a valid driver's license in Illinois is a bad idea.

 

My Illinois Driver's License was Suspended: What Do I Do Now? 

Your driver's license can be suspended or revoked for a number of reasons, these include unpaid traffic tickets or a DUI. As we all know, people make mistakes, and sometimes these mistakes can lead to major hardships in our lives. A suspended license can mean not being able to drive to work, drive your children to school, or even to go get groceries. Learning how to reinstate your Illinois driver's license can seem overwhelming, but there are things you can do to get the ball rolling.

 

Should I go to DUI Counseling?

Handling the aftermath of a DUI charges can take weeks, or even months. When you're faced with steep fines, the possible loss of your license, and even jail time, you want to look into any way you can make things better for yourself in the long run. DUI counseling may sound extreme and not a very desirable way to spend your free time, but it could be what you need to turn things around. Sometimes attendance of DUI counseling is optional but, in other cases, you may not have a choice. Here is some more information on what to expect from DUI counseling classes.

 

How Does a DUI Impact Your Car Insurance in Illinois?

You already know that a DUI could land you in jail, and costs thousands of dollars in legal fees, but did you know that car insurance for DUI offenders can spike anywhere from 30-200 percent? If you have already been involved in a DUI and you are wondering what to expect from your car insurance in Illinois, then you are in the right place. Let's discuss how a DUI impacts your car insurace rates and policy. 

 

DUI and Your Job: Can You Get Fired for a DUI?

In 2016, the state of Illinois arrested nearly 30,000 drivers for a DUI or Driving Under the Influence. Those who ahve received DUIs may wonder, "Can you get fired for a DUI?" In many cases, companies are well within their legal right to let you go for driving under the influence, let's examine this further.

 

Driving Tired vs. Driving Drunk: Are They Comparable?

One of the hot button issues in the country is the dangers of driving drunk, but did you know that driving while tired or drowsy can be just as dangerous? Drinking alcohol has harmful effects, at the same time heavy fatigue can be just as detrimental. Making sure you handle both situations properly is the key to safe driving. How bad is driving tired vs driving drunk? The following article shows important statistics about the dangers of driving while tired or while under the influence of alcohol.

 

The Legal Ramifications of Refusing a Breathalyzer Test in Illinois

In 2018, a nurse in Utah was arrested and found herself between the rights of an unconscious man and law enforcement. Months later, the nurse got compensation for her wrongful arrest, and the officer who areested her lost his job. This was an extreme case but it showcases the stringent DUI laws now on the books, and the precarious position of health officials. They become responsible for enforcing the law and argue those who critize the rules. Illinois is no differemt. Earlier this year, the rules for those refusing a breathalyzer test became stricter. Here's what you need to know.

 

How Long Does It Take to Reinstate a License After a DUI in Illinois?

Have you recently lost your Illinois driver's license? Do you know how long it takes to reinstate a license? Every year in Illinois, nearly 40,000 drivers are charged with a DUI. Whether they were driving just a few blocks in Chicago, or across the state, driving under the influence is dangerous behavior. Once you have lost your license, you may be wondering how long it takes to reinstate a license in Illinois. In general, police, prosecutors, and families take the charge very seriously, so it is important that you show remorse for your actions. In the meantime, while you're trying to reinstate your license in Illinois, follow these important steps.

 

How to Get a Hardship Permit in Illinois

In Illinois, the Secretary of State (SOS) can revoke or suspend your driver's license for several reasons. This can be having too many traffic violations, failing to pay your traffic tickets, getting DUIs, or failing to make child support payments. These cases can lead to a suspension or revocation. A suspension means there's an end date, while a revocation is usually indefinite and requires a hearing to reinstate. Whatever the case, losing your driving privileges can be quite frustrating. For that reason, you need to know how to get a hardship license.

 

What to Do If Your License is Suspended/Revoked in Another State    

Is your license suspended/revoked in another state, or just the state of origin? Matters can get confusing quickly. If you are confused as to what to do if you have moved to Illinois with a suspended/revoked license from another state, follow these guidelinesIt is tempting to believe that if you switch states, you may be able to wipe the slate clean and begin driving again. This is unfortunately not true.

 

License Reinstatement: Why You Should Hire a Lawyer for Help

The reinstatement of an Illinois Driver License is a long road. Depending on your situation and charges, there are many steps in the process, and most people are unprepared for what to do next. It takes time and knowledge to understand all the laws, let alone navigate them. As with any legal proceeding, citizens who consult a lawyer are able to understand what lies ahead for them. Avoiding myths and advice from those who have no legal training avoids small mistakes that cause big problems. Learn more about why hiring a lawyer would be in your best interest. 

 

Suspended vs Revoked License: What's the Difference?

Do you have a Suspended or a Revoked Driver's License? Counting down the days until you can legally drive again? Wondering about the conditions of your infraction? Learning the difference between the two is key to knowing what actions you need to take. Don't give up hope if your license has been suspended, which can be reinstated after paying fines or meeting other conditions. However, revocation entails a larger amount of work. Read more here about the difference between the two.