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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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Wheaton DUI defense attorney, Illinois DUIDriving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can result in life-changing consequences if caught in Illinois. To keep streets safe from impaired drivers, state lawmakers have passed a series of bills making Illinois DUI repercussions among the harshest in the nation.

Although not as strict as Arizona, as shown in recent rankings, Illinois is far from being as lenient as South Dakota—the most forgiving of DUI consequences. The thought of moving to a new, more lenient state crosses the minds of many who face DUI allegations. Is this a viable option if someone is looking to protect his or her future? 

Consequences

If you have received a DUI while driving within the state of Illinois, or if you have been driving in another state using an Illinois driver’s license, an automatic statutory summary suspension will begin. The Secretary of State issues a suspension after a failure of chemical testing or a refusal to chemical testing. A suspension is only a temporary loss of driving privileges and may be sorted out during a court hearing. It is entirely possible to be found guilty of DUI and to have the suspension rescinded by a judge, or vice versa after the hearing. Additionally, with new laws applicable as of 2016, a Monitoring Device Driving Permit may be approved to regain the use of your vehicle. Other penalties for a first-time offense include:

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monitoring device driving permit, Wheaton DUI defense attorneyDriving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is considered a serious offense no matter where you live in the United States. However, in Illinois, punishments have the potential to be harsher than other states. The Illinois State Police site DUI as the cause of hundreds of deaths annually and hundreds more seriously injured and even disabled. Also with this reasoning, judges often enact strict, life-altering punishments upon conviction. With proper legal knowledge and etiquette, it is possible to receive a lesser penalty or special permissions, such as a Monitoring Device Driving Permit.

Standard Penalties

Along with a price hike in your insurance premiums, points on your license, and a mark on your record, there are additional penalties that can ensue after being formally found guilty of a DUI. For a first time conviction, these penalties include:

  • Minimum loss of driving privileges for one year;
  • Incarceration of up to one year; and
  • Fines of up to $2,500.

Your Driving Privileges Are Important!

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