There is nothing illegal about wearing a costume while driving a car.  If you are driving late at night, however, your costume may garner a little extra attention from police.  The costume and time of night may lead police to assume you’d been partying.

Wearing a costume, in itself, will not give police the probable cause they need to stop you.  But if you show any other signs of erratic driving, the costume may tip the balance in making a stop.

If you have been charged with a DUI, contact an experienced criminal law attorney immediately. An attorney can review your case for its best possible defense.  Did the police have probable cause beyond your costume to stop you?  Was your driving within the range of an unimpaired driver?  If police lacked probable cause, an attorney can bring a motion to suppress any evidence from your arrest.  Even if your driving was faulty and the evidence against you is overwhelming, an attorney who is respected in the courthouse may be able to negotiate a more favorable plea agreement than you could on your own.

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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