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CAN I BE CHARGED WITH DUI FOR GETTING IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT?

The answer depends on a variety of factors. Were you driving? Are there witnesses to your driving?  Did the officer observe the odor of alcohol at the scene?  Were there beer cans or open evidence of drug use in the … Continue reading

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BECAUSE THEY CAN: THE SECRETARY OF STATE’S DISCRETIONARY POWER TO SUSPEND YOUR LICENSE

We can all agree that the Secretary of State has a valid interest in keeping the roads safe. As part of that interest, Illinois law has given the Secretary of State broad power to suspend a person’s driver’s license for … Continue reading

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LEAVING THE SCENE AND DUI: A TOXIC COMBINATION

You stayed too late at the party and drank too much. On the way home, you heard a thud. You’re not sure what you hit, but you panicked and fled. Somehow the cops figured out where you lived, and you’re … Continue reading

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ILLINOIS LAW TIGHTENS ON DUI-RELATED ACCIDENTS

On August 21, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn signed a change into Illinois DUI law which requires that a police officer request chemical tests from a suspected DUI driver if the officer has probable cause to believe that alcohol or drugs … Continue reading

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THE ABCs of DEFENDING YOUR DUI

You didn’t see the cop until you went through the stop sign. Or maybe you were in an accident after leaving a party and the cops were called. Now you are charged with drunk driving. If convicted on a first … Continue reading

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