You were stopped for speeding after leaving a wedding early in the morning.  You had already had a very long day, and you did have a few drinks at the wedding.  Because of your red eyes and odor of alcohol, the officer arrested you for DUI.

Are you more likely to be found guilty because of bloodshot eyes?

While police officers typically take note of glassy, bloodshot eyes, the impact of such evidence is often limited. Bloodshot eyes may help persuade a judge that you had too much to drink, but they are only a small part of the picture.

There are a variety of reasons other than alcohol that could result in bloodshot eyes:  Do you smoke cigarettes?  Did you recently spend time with friends who did?  Are you on medication? Do you habitually work around chemicals?  Do your eyes tend to redness over the course of the day? Remember, in order to convict you, the state must prove all the elements of DUI beyond a reasonable doubt. If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, an experienced attorney may be able to shed doubt on the state’s case.

If you have questions about this or another related Illinois criminal or traffic matter, please contact Matt Keenan at 847-568-0160 or email

(Besides Skokie, Matt Keenan also serves the communities of Arlington Heights, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows, Wilmette and Winnetka.)


About mdkeenan

A criminal and school law attorney with over 17 years of experience, I have successfully represented clients all over the Chicago area. My practice includes DUI, felony, criminal, misdemeanor, homicide, internet crime, retail theft, traffic offenses, cyberstalking, drug crimes, weapons violations, domestic battery and juvenile crime. I also represent families involving school cases. My clients come from all over the Chicago area including Skokie, Wilmette, Niles, Northbrook, Glenview, Evanston, Winnetka, Highland park, Northfield, Park Ridge, Des Plaines and Mount Prospect. I am a member of the ACLU and the Illinois State Bar Association. I serve as a volunteer for First Defense Legal Aid. Se habla espanol.
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