Tag Archives: DUI

CAN THEY SEARCH MY STUFF IN SOMEONE ELSE’S CAR?

You were a passenger in a friend’s car. You had your suitcase in the backseat. Your friend got pulled over by police, and police searched your bag and found drugs or weapons. Can the police search your bag if you … Continue reading

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DO YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO REFUSE TO DUI TESTING IN ILLINOIS?

If you are stopped for DUI, you can refuse to take a breathalyzer or perform field sobriety tests. But your ability to refuse is not a constitutional right and is not protected by your Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. … Continue reading

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WHY HASN’T MY ILLINOIS DUI BEEN DISMISSED WHEN THE COP IS NOT IN COURT?

You were charged with DUI, and you’ve been to court maybe six times. Not once have you seen the officer who arrested you. Meanwhile, you’ve watched other cases get dismissed because a witness or even an officer didn’t show. Why … Continue reading

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THE CHARGE OF BAC EXCEEDS 0.08 IN ILLINOIS

Your driving was actually just fine, but your breathalyzer was well over the legal limit. Or maybe you swerved all over the lane, but you only blew a .04. Either way, you can be found guilty of DUI. How can … 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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SPEEDING IN ILLINOIS: A PASSAGEWAY TO BIG TROUBLE

Legally, a police officer cannot pull over your car without some reason. This can come in the form of community caretaking, such as when the officer sees you sleeping in your car and checks to see if you are OK. … Continue reading

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“BUT I WAS JUST SITTING IN MY CAR!:” THE “DRIVING” IN DUI

If you are stopped for driving under the influence in Illinois, the State must first prove that you were driving a vehicle. Sounds straightforward, but the definition of driving is not as obvious as you may think. Under Illinois law, … Continue reading

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THE NEW ILLINOIS DRIVER’S LICENSE REVOCATION LAWS FOR DUI-RELATED ACCIDENTS

Starting July 1, 2011, Illinois has a new law allowing the Secretary of State to automatically revoke your license after a traffic accident. The new law is geared to stiffen penalties against drunk drivers, but may impact even those who … Continue reading

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“I WAS PULLED OVER IN A ROADBLOCK!”: WHEN YOU ARE ARRESTED FOR DUI AT A POLICE CHECKPOINT

You were driving home from a party. As you approached the intersection near your home, you noticed what appeared to be a police roadblock with flashing lights. Officers were stopping cars and checking IDs. When it was your turn, you … 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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