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DuPage County social host liability attorneyIn the American culture, underage drinking can be a rite of passage when you are a teenager. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alcohol is the most commonly used drug among Americans ages 12 to 20 and that among high school students, around 30 percent drink some amount of alcohol each month. While alcohol use is common among teenagers, it is dangerous and illegal. Not only is it illegal for a teenager to purchase alcohol, but it is also illegal for teens to consume it. Moreover, it is illegal for a parent or guardian to allow alcohol to be consumed by minors on their property.

Social Host Liability Laws

According to the Illinois Liquor Control Act, it is illegal for anyone to allow those under the age of 21 to consume alcohol on his or her private property, any property that they control or any vehicle or watercraft under their control. You can be both held responsible for the consumption of alcohol by minors if you knowingly allow them to consume it and if you fail to adequately control access to the alcohol.

This is known as the social host liability laws, and it can apply whether you are on the premises during the time alcohol is consumed or not. If you allow minors to consume alcohol on your property, you are guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. You will be responsible to pay a minimum $500 fine, but punishments could be up to $2,500 in fines and up to one year in jail. If a death or a serious injury occurs because of the drinking, you will be charged with a Class 4 felony, meaning you could face up to three years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

Contact a DuPage County Social Host Liability Lawyer

It may seem like a good idea to have your kids drink while they are under your supervision, but it is illegal to do so. What may seem like a night of harmless fun can turn into a night of arrests. At the Davi Law Group, LLC, we can help you mitigate any charges you may have pertaining to underage drinking and parental responsibility. Our experienced Wheaton, IL social host liability attorneys can help you come up with a solid defense and avoid a conviction at all costs. Get in touch with us today to determine what your first step will be. Call us at 630-580-6373 to schedule a free consultation.

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Wheaton DUI defense attorney, DUI charges, drinking and driving, drunk driving, drunk driversMany drivers mistakenly believe that if they drive carefully after having a couple of alcoholic beverages, then the police will have no reason to suspect drunk driving. This erroneous concept likely stems from the mental image of inebriated drivers drifting between lanes, failing to maintain a constant speed, and failing to come to a complete stop at stop signs. While this scenario exists, the error in judgment is the belief that if someone can sufficiently operate a motor vehicle and obey traffic laws, police will have no reason to suspect alcohol consumption.

Officers understand that more drunk drivers are on the road between certain hours in the vicinity of bars, clubs, and other drinking establishments; therefore. they intentionally look for other reasons to pull over drivers.

Driving Too Carefully is Suspicious, Too

According to The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly one-third of all drunk driving related fatalities occur on weekends. Statistics also show that the highest number of drunk drivers are on the road between midnight and 3 A.M., and fatal crashes are four times higher at night than during the day. This information may be slightly skewed as police actively look for reasons to pull people over during those hours, hoping that once the window rolls down, they can collect further evidence of alcohol consumption. In fact, there are several cases in which an officer pulled a driver over because they were “driving too carefully” and it seemed suspicious. Many drivers find themselves pulled over for minor, non-moving violations, such as:

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DuPage County underage DUI attorneys, zero tolerance lawIf you are under 21 years old and caught drinking and driving, you could face a couple of charges, depending on the facts of your situation. Illinois has a zero tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving as well as laws prohibiting driving under the influence.

Both types of convictions can lead to numerous consequences that can follow a young person as he or she applies to schools and jobs. This is why you should fight these charges. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to reach a deal with prosecutors that will keep a conviction off your criminal record.

Zero Tolerance for Drivers Under Age 21

Because it is illegal for anyone under 21 to be drinking in Illinois, anyone under the legal drinking age caught driving will face criminal charges. It does not matter if the driver’s BAC is under the legal limit of .08. So long as BAC levels are over .00, there will be consequences under the law.

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