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CAN YOU FAIL FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT INTOXICATED?

You were driving home after a party. On your way, you came across a DUI checkpoint. The officer said he smelled alcohol on your breath and asked you to perform some field sobriety tests. You figured you only had a … Continue reading

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THE BREATHALYZER: HOW YOU CAN GET A FALSE READING

You just got stopped for DUI. The officer asked you to perform some field sobriety tests and take the portable breathalyzer. You agreed. After all, you figured you only had a couple beers, the result would be well below the … 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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TO BREATHE OR NOT TO BREATHE: TAKING THE BREATHALYZER

If you are arrested for DUI, one of the most important decisions you will have to make is whether to take or refuse the breathalyzer. While the Illinois Secretary of State imposes greater penalties for refusing field sobriety tests such as the breathalyzer, you have a greater chance of winning a trial if you refuse. Continue reading

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“CAN I DRIVE?”: GETTING RID OF YOUR ILLINOIS SECRETARY OF STATE MANDATORY SUSPENSION

You left the party a little late. You thought you had waited long enough after drinking those cocktails, but a police officer thought differently. After you got pulled over for blowing a stop sign, you were charged with DUI. Now … Continue reading

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THE ILLINOIS ZERO TOLERANCE LAW: ALCOHOL AND THE UNDERAGE DRIVER

Underage drivers beware! If you are below the age of 21 and are caught with even trace amounts of alcohol on your breath or with open containers in your car, you may face enhanced penalties involving the suspension of your … Continue reading

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ILLINOIS DRIVING PERMITS FOR DUI OFFENDERS

If you are a first time DUI offender, you may qualify for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). The MDDP allows a qualified driver a great deal of leeway in getting around, but you must be prepared to follow the … Continue reading

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YOU CAN STILL BE CHARGED WITH DRUNK DRIVING EVEN IF YOU ARE BELOW THE LEGAL LIMIT

Even if your breathalyzer reading is below the Illinois legal limit of .08, police can still charge you with DUI. That’s because the .08 limit is only a legal presumption that you were intoxicated. If you were driving badly enough, … 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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