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Naperville, IL criminal defense lawyerFor some Americans, driving is one of the small pleasures in life. Going for a drive gives you a sense of freedom and independence that is unique and unparalleled when compared with other activities. However, for many, driving is more than just a fun activity. It can be a necessity, and being unable to drive can directly affect one's livelihood. Most people would think that a moving violation, or an infraction committed while driving, is the only way to lose your driving privileges. While this is one potential reason why a driver's license may be suspended or revoked, there are many other ways you can lose your legal ability to drive. In fact, some of these circumstances are not directly related to driving, or they may not have anything to do with driving at all. These cases include:

Driving While Under the Influence

One of the most obvious ways you can lose your driving privileges is by driving while you are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol (DUI). Under Illinois’ statutory summary suspension law, you will automatically have your driver's license suspended if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is more than 0.08 when you were arrested or if you refuse to take a chemical test of your BAC. This suspension will take place even if you are not convicted of DUI charges. If you are convicted, you will face additional penalties alongside the statutory summary suspension. 

Failing to Pay Child Support

The state of Illinois believes that every parent has a duty to financially provide for their children. Because of this, child support orders are taken extremely seriously. If you do not pay your legally mandated child support, or if you fall behind on your payments, you could lose your driving privileges. After three months have passed since your last payment, the process to suspend your driver’s license will commence.

Failing to Pay Fines or Parking Tickets or Appear in Court

If you have more than 10 unpaid parking tickets, your municipality may request to have your driver’s license suspended. Likewise, you can also have your driving privileges suspended if you have failed to pay five or more automated traffic violation fines or fees. If your presence is requested in court, and you fail to appear during your hearing, the court may take away your driving privileges. The Circuit Clerk’s office can request to have your driving privileges suspended.

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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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fake ID in Illinois, criminal defense lawyer dupage countyLife as a teenager is confusing and complicated. Teens endure college entrance exams, part-time jobs, high school, and constant pressure to fit in. On the journey to finding who they are as individuals, they make a lot of mistakes along the way.

One common mistake that many teenagers make is obtaining and using a fake ID to avoid underage drinking laws. Unfortunately, such a decision can be harshly life altering.

Can a Bouncer Really Spot a Fake?

Bouncers can and do catch teens with fake IDs. With hundreds of licenses handled on a daily basis, it becomes second nature to them to find one that does not match the others. A few signals that are red flags for any seasoned door person are:

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