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suspension, Illinois law, Illinois criminal defense attorneyNearly everyone understands the driving under the influence is against the law, and a DUI conviction can lead to serious criminal consequences. What many may not realize, however, is that certain administrative penalties may also be imposed by the state, regardless of the outcome of DUI criminal proceedings. The most significant of such penalties is the statutory summary suspension of driving privileges which, in Illinois, is handled by the Office of the Secretary of State.

When Suspensions May Be Imposed

If you have been pulled over on suspicion of DUI, there are several situations in which you could automatically have your driver’s license suspended. The length of the statutory suspension is dependent on your choices and your previous history of DUI-related suspensions. Your license will be automatically suspended if you:

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dui breathalyzer test, Illinois DUI defense attorneySince the beginning of the New Year, law enforcement officers have a new tool to collect evidence against DUI suspects in nearby Lee County. Although Illinois is an implied consent state, which means that drivers gave consent to a chemical DUI test when they signed their drivers’ licenses, motorists can still refuse to take a breath, blood or urine test when asked to do so. In that case, the officer needs a search warrant to perform the test.

Lee County police have now worked out an arrangement with the State’s Attorney’s office to obtain search warrants electronically in as little as 20 to 30 minutes. For now, the new policy applies only to felony DUIs and those with aggravating circumstances, such as minor children in the car or a motor vehicle accident.

In 2014, there were three fatal reckless homicides involving alcohol and drugs in Lee County.

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ignition interlock device, illinois DUI defense attorneyA DUI conviction in Illinois can mean a licenses suspension of up to one year for a first offense. However, if you agree to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device installed in your vehicle, you can stay on the road.

How It Works

Colloquially known as a “blow and go,” a BAIID is essentially a portable breathalyzer that is connected to the vehicle’s ignition switch. A fuel cell inside the device analyzes the driver’s breath sample. If the alcohol concentration is above a predetermined level, the fuel cell triggers a relay to remain open, and the vehicle will not start. In Illinois, as in most other jurisdictions, that “predetermined level” is .025.

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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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