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DuPage County DUI attorney,  DUI arrest, DUI accusation, employment at will, DUI convictionCommon knowledge tells us that driving under the influence of alcohol endangers lives. However, drunk driving also has smaller potential repercussions. These consequences are not life-threatening, but they are life-altering and require heavy consideration before intentionally drinking and driving.

One question asked after a DUI arrest is if you will still have gainful employment if convicted. Can you lose your job because of a DUI?

Conviction is More Than a Fine and a Record

A DUI conviction frequently ends in more than a fine and a blemished driving record. Daily tasks such as going to work or grocery shopping become difficult to maneuver after licensure loss. Additionally, even an overnight stay in jail creates tension in social relationships. Insurance rates increase with a label of being a high driving risk. All of these repercussions exist without even discussing the impact on income.

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Illinois DUI defense lawyersLike many other states, Illinois has a strict, zero-tolerance law for minors. Essentially, this means that drivers under the age of 21 are not permitted to have any level of alcohol in their system. As such, blowing even just a 0.01 on a breathalyzer could result in criminal and administrative consequences. Learn more about them, including how an experienced attorney can help you fight back, in the following sections.

Potential Consequences of a Zero-Tolerance DUI

Minors who are caught driving while intoxicated stand to lose a lot if they are convicted of their charges. At a minimum, they could lose their license for two years and receive a misdemeanor conviction on their record. At worst, they could be convicted of a felony and face real jail time. Other possible consequences of a zero-tolerance DUI conviction could include:

  • Mandatory community service,
  • Court fees,
  • Permanent revocation of their license,
  • Fines, and
  • Court supervision.

Zero-Tolerance Means No Exceptions

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Illinois breathalyzer defense lawyerWhen one is pulled over for suspicion of driving drunk, they may be asked to submit to a breathalyzer test. While, ultimately, you do have the right to refuse this test, doing so could increase your odds of experiencing an arrest and the subsequent penalties. Submit and blow a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that registers over the limit and you will be arrested anyway.

What is BAC and how does it affect your ability to drive? The following information explores the answer to these questions. You shall also learn how to fight back against the potential consequences of a DUI, including the suspension of your Illinois’ driver’s license.

What is BAC?

BAC is a measurement of the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream (or your “level of intoxication”) and it can only be accurately determined through a blood test. (Note that not all blood tests are accurate.) Obviously, law enforcement would not be able to use this type of testing out in the field, which is why they have breathalyzers. Able to detect the amount of alcohol in the mucous membranes of your mouth and throat, it can establish enough probable cause for a DUI arrest. Should that occur, you may be faced with serious criminal consequences.

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Illinois DUI defense attorneyBeing arrested for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) can have serious criminal consequences, such as jail time and hefty fines, but did you know there are non-criminal penalties as well? These penalties, otherwise known as collateral consequences, are not imposed by the court but they can still have a significant impact on your life.

Perhaps the biggest impact is felt under the statutory summary suspension law, which states that your license may be automatically suspended if you refuse to submit a chemical test or test above the legal limit. Although this is technically a violation of your Constitutional rights, the statutory summary suspension created a loophole that enables an unlawful invasion of your privacy. It indicates that all road users give implied consent to chemical testing because they are using highways and streets that belong to and are maintained by the government. Thankfully, you can fight back against this suspension. Learn how and discover what an experienced attorney can do to help.

Statutory Summary Suspensions

Statutory summary suspensions do not cause an automatic loss of your driving privileges. Instead, you are given notice, typically at the time of your arrest. Unless you contest the statutory summary order, your suspension begins on the 46th day after receiving the notice. An experienced attorney can help you fight the suspension but act quickly! Your petition to rescind the order must be filed within 90 days of receiving notice of the suspension. Untimely petitions will not be considered by the courts.

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Illinois DUI defense attorneyAll Illinois drivers give “implied consent” to breath, blood, and urine alcohol testing from the moment that they obtain their license. What does this mean, and what happens if you refuse a chemical test? The following information explains, and it provides some important details on where to find assistance with your Illinois DUI case.

What is the Implied Consent Law?

The implied consent law states that drivers must submit to a chemical test upon arrest or face the consequences. Keep in mind that this test is different than the preliminary test, which may be given either in lieu of or conjunction with a field sobriety test. The law says you give implied consent to this testing as well, but you can refuse it. Doing that may not help your case if the officer has another reason to suspect that you were driving while under the influence, but refusing a preliminary test rarely leads to a consequence. That is not the case with the refusal of the chemical test, which is usually requested shortly after your arrest.

What Happens When You Refuse a Chemical Test?

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