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Driving Under the Influence in Illinois

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drivingTypically, when one hears the term DUI, their thoughts immediately turn to the use of alcohol. Driving under the influence of drugs or other intoxicating compounds, however, are also grounds for receiving a DUI. Every state has its own version of laws that dictate the punishments and fines for offenders. In Illinois, the punishments and fines for driving under the influence can be severe, regardless of the circumstances.

The Law

Illinois publishes the Illinois DUI Fact Book every year in conjunction with the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State. The 2014 version of the Fact Book was released in January of this year. Additional information may be found in the Illinois Vehicle Code at 625 ILCS 5/11 et al. What you must know is that .08 percent is the legal limit for a blood alcohol content (BAC), and it takes surprisingly little alcohol to reach this level, depending on your body weight and physiological makeup.

You should also be aware that the penalties increase for subsequent offenses, and in connection with injuries, property damage, or fatalities. Illinois maintains a zero tolerance policy for those under 21, as well as school bus drivers caught driving under the influence. Commercial drivers reach the legal limit at .04 percent. Remember that in addition to criminal charges, you may be subject to civil charges as well.

Depending on the circumstances, you could be subject to significant fines, a suspension or revocation of your license, incarceration, or other penalties, as determined by the court. You may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. The penalties also increase if there is an individual under the age of 16 in the vehicle.

The Defense

An experienced attorney will investigate every aspect of the circumstances which led up to the charge for driving under the influence. Convictions for driving under the influence can affect your ability to maintain your current job or find a job. The goal is obviously to minimize the charges, if possible, and minimize the damage done to you and your family so seek legal help immediately.

Legal Help

If you or someone you know has been arrested for, or charged with, driving under the influence, it is imperative that you seek experienced legal counsel to defend your rights. The skilled criminal defense attorneys at Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C., are experienced in defending DUI charges and they can assist you. To learn more, contact us via the website or call today at 630-472-9700.

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