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drunk driving, Lake County criminal defense attorneyIt is easy to blame things such as entertainment and the media for the way drunk driving is portrayed and at times glamorized in our society. There is no denying that underage drivers in particular often see buzzed driving, which is a form of driving under the influence, as an acceptable thing--something everyone does, therefore it must not be a serious crime.

It Could Happen to You

The real problem is rooted in our perception of the crime, however. It is not uncommon for offenders of all ages and walks of life to view arrests associated with drunk driving as something that happens to everyone else, but not to them. Only when they are pulled over and arrested for the crime themselves do they understand the severity of the offense.

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refusing a BAC test, Skokie criminal defense attorneyWhen you get behind the wheel of a car or truck on Illinois roadways, you, of course, maintain certain rights, but you also assume certain responsibilities. While you may not be able to control the actions of other drivers, you have the responsibility to operate your vehicle in a manner that promotes safety to both other individuals and public at large. Safe driving means that, among other considerations, you are not impaired by alcohol, drugs, or other substances. As such, Illinois law maintains that by exercising your driving privileges, you are granting implied consent to blood-alcohol content (BAC) testing whenever it deemed to be appropriate by law enforcement. If you are asked to submit to a BAC test, including breathalyzer testing, refusing to cooperate will cost you your driving privileges.

Separate From Criminal Prosecution

Technically, refusing a BAC test is not a crime, but that does not mean you cannot be punished. Based upon the state’s implied consent laws, refusing a test is an administrative offense for which the penalties are imposed by the Secretary of State’s Office. Any administrative penalty is in addition to those that could result from eventual prosecution on charges of driving under the influence.

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rolling-meadows-dui-defense-lawyerRolling Meadows criminal defense lawyer, DUI defense The Illinois State Police Department has joined with the state’s Department of Transportation with renewed efforts to reduce the number of drunk driving incidents on the road. Their campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” focuses on raising awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The most recent twist on the campaign involves a familiar face for fans of the popular tv show “The Walking Dead.” Social media also plays a big part in these efforts to share the message with drivers commonly associated with drunk driving incidents, such as college students.

The number of fatal drunk driving accidents have reduced since last year, according to a DOT law enforcement representative, but there has still be an estimated 1,000 people over the past fours years who have died as a result of alcohol-related crashes in Illinois.

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