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DuPage County criminal defense attorney marijuana DUI

Across the country, more and more states are beginning to loosen the restrictions on laws surrounding the possession and use of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Currently, there are 33 states that permit residents with certain conditions to use marijuana, while only 11 states, including Illinois, allow recreational use of marijuana. Even though cannabis is legal for adults to possess and consume, many people do not know that you can actually be charged with a DUI if you get caught while driving while you are under the influence of marijuana. This can result in significant criminal penalties, so it is imperative to consult a skilled attorney to understand your defense options.

Cannabis and Illinois Driving Laws

With the recent legalization of recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21, some were concerned with how the change would affect existing DUI laws. However, the laws are clear that cannabis is included as a prohibited intoxicating substance, despite the reason for its use. According to the most recent Illinois DUI Fact Book, “A driver may not operate a motor vehicle while impaired by the use of cannabis, whether used medically or recreationally.”

Like alcohol, cannabis also has a limit for the amount of THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, present in your bloodstream while you are operating a vehicle. Just like the legal limit for your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 percent, the legal limit for THC is 5 nanograms per milliliter of whole blood or 10 nanograms per milliliter of another bodily substance.

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DuPage County juvenile crimes defense attorney

Underage drinking is all too common in today’s world. According to reports from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 58 percent of teens have had a drink by the time they reach the age of 18. This may be a result of high school parties in which alcohol is present or it may be attributed to moving away from home and going to college by the age of 18. Regardless of when it starts, binge drinking is extremely common between the ages of 12 and 20, forming bad habits before juveniles even reach the legal drinking age. Those individuals under the age of 21 often fail to recognize the ramifications that underage drinking can have on their future and their criminal record. Criminal charges may include alcohol consumption, but there are also a number of offenses that do not require any alcohol to be consumed.

False Identification and Purchasing Alcohol

These are two separate alcohol charges that are often tied together in Illinois. Many young adults may use an older sibling’s ID or have one made that states that they are 21 years old. This can allow those under the age of 21 to enter bars or purchase alcoholic drinks. Although more common with college students, high school students have also been known to use this tactic to obtain alcohol without their parents’ knowledge. Having a fake ID or lending your ID to someone underage is considered a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to $2,500 in fines and one year in jail. Purchasing the alcohol in itself is a Class A misdemeanor with a minimum $500 fine. In other words, having a fake ID can often lead to additional criminal charges.

The Possession of Alcohol

The consumption of alcohol is not required for young adults to face alcohol-related charges in Illinois. If those under the age of 21 are found with alcoholic beverages in their possession, they may have their driving privileges suspended for up to one year. This is also true for any minors found transporting alcohol in their vehicles. They will automatically lose their license for one year and may face a $1,000 fine. This charge applies to anyone in the vehicle who is underage, not just the driver.

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DuPage County criminal defense attorney license reinstatement

There are many ways that you could lose your driver's license in Illinois, but by far, the most common way Illinois motorists lose their driving privileges is by being arrested and/or convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. According to the Illinois Secretary of State, there were more than 26,000 DUI arrests across the state in 2018. Of those arrested, 90 percent of the drivers who were eligible to lose their driving privileges did have their licenses suspended or revoked. It can be frustrating to deal with a driver’s license revocation, but it can be even more frustrating to deal with the criminal consequences of driving while on a suspended or revoked license.

Punishments for Illinois Traffic Violations

If your driver’s license has been taken away because of a DUI, obeying that suspension or revocation is not optional. If you choose to drive while your driving privileges have been suspended or revoked, you could face criminal charges that could compound your situation. These include:

  • First offense: The first time you are caught driving with a suspended or revoked license, you may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. This offense is punishable by up to one year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines. This charge comes with a mandatory jail sentence of at least 10 days or 30 days of community service. In addition to any of those penalties, you also face a suspension of your driving privileges for double the original amount of time. If your license was revoked, you face an additional year of revocation.
  • Second offense:  If you are stopped while driving with a suspended or revoked license a second time, you can be charged with a Class 4 felony. In Illinois, Class 4 felonies carry one to three years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. However, if the initial suspension or revocation was due to refusing a chemical test, reckless homicide, DUI, or fleeing the scene of a collision involving bodily injury or death, the charge is increased to a Class 2 felony. For this offense, there is a mandatory 30-day jail sentence or 300 hours of community service. In addition, you also will receive a license suspension of double the amount of the original period of suspension or an additional year of revocation.

Contact a Wheaton, IL Criminal Defense Attorney 

Being charged and convicted of a DUI in Illinois can result in serious consequences, including the loss of your driver’s license. Life can become increasingly difficult if you are unable to drive yourself or your family members to work or important appointments. At the Davi Law Group, LLC, we understand how much a driver’s license suspension or revocation can affect your daily life. Our skilled team of DuPage County DUI defense lawyers will help you not only receive temporary driving relief during your suspension or revocation period, but we will also help you reinstate your driving privileges once you are eligible. To learn more and schedule your free consultation, call our office today at 630-580-6373.

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DuPage County criminal defense attorney DUI

According to the Illinois Secretary of State, more than 26,000 DUI arrests took place across the state in 2018. Drunk driving charges are taken seriously in the state of Illinois, as even a first offense could result in jail time. Being arrested for a DUI can be an intimidating experience because of the uncertainty involved, and it often leaves people with many questions. One of the most common queries people have after their DUI arrest is, “Am I still able to drive?” The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors and how you decide to handle your case. Generally, the answer is yes, with a few considerations that must be made.

Your License Will Still Technically Be Suspended

If you were arrested because a police officer suspected that you were driving under the influence, you will most likely face both administrative and criminal penalties. Administrative penalties are different from criminal penalties and can run concurrently and be administered without being convicted of a crime. A DUI arrest typically results in an administrative driver’s license suspension, referred to as a statutory summary suspension. 

When you are taken into police custody on suspicion of DUI, you will be asked to complete a chemical test, typically a breath test, to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). If you fail a chemical test, meaning your BAC is above the legal limit of .08%, or if you refuse to take the chemical test, you will be subject to a statutory summary suspension. The length of time the suspension will be in effect depends on whether or not you refused the test. If you fail the test, you face a six-month suspension, while a refusal will result in a 12-month suspension.

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IL DUI lawyerYou have had a couple of drinks with dinner and are sure you are safe to drive home. However, the police seem to think otherwise and the next thing you know, you have their squad car lights flashing in your rear-view mirror. How are you going to talk your way out of this one possibly? Here are a few practices that have helped others avoid a DUI charge during a police traffic stop:

Use Your Right to Remain Silent

You have the right to remain silent, so use it. Too many times clients have tried to talk their way out of trouble, only to make it worse. Police know that if they pressure you to speak, you will often give them more evidence than you intend, which is why they keep the conversation going. Your silence will not be used against you. Politely say that you choose to use your right to remain silent and provide them with their requested documentation.

Refuse the Field Sobriety Test

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