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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_540796327.jpgWith greater availability of legalized medical marijuana and increased abuse of opioids and other illegal substances, law enforcement encounters with impaired drivers have taken on a new dynamic. In an attempt to better identified those driving vehicles while under the influence and make Illinois roadways safer, police are employing a new type of roadside sobriety test.

Swabbing Starts This Month

The tell-tale sign of alcohol on the breath or slurred speech was usually enough for police to reasonably suspect a driver was impaired. However, determining whether or not a driver is high on drugs presents new challenges, ones for which a newly employed roadside test is expected to help overcome. One west suburban Illinois police department is beginning to use a test that reveals the chemicals in a person’s system 

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Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyerFelony DUI charges, otherwise called an aggravated DUI in the state of Illinois, can result in serious and life-long consequences. DUI convictions are also unique in that they may result in the suspension or revocation of the defendant’s Illinois driver’s license. Learn more about the potential consequences of a felony DUI charge, and discover how an experienced DUI criminal defense attorney may be able to improve the outcome if your case.

What Constitutes a Felony DUI?

Most often, felony DUI charges will stem from repeated offenses (three or more). However, there are other situations that may lead to a felony DUI, even on a first offense. Examples include:

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Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyerDriving under the influence can place anyone’s livelihood at risk. However, those that have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are especially at risk – not because the consequences are necessarily more severe, but because others may have a way to work around their DUI. This is not the case for the commercial driver. Learn how you can protect your CDL after a DUI arrest, and discover what an experienced criminal defense attorney can do to help.

BAC Limits for CDL Drivers

While most drivers are held to a maximum BAC of less than 0.08, CDL drivers have an even lower legal limit. They must never reach or exceed a BAC of 0.04, or they risk a disqualification (DQ) of their CDL license. If they are caught driving with a BAC of 0.08 or higher, their state driver’s license may also be at risk for suspension. Drivers may also be subject to felony criminal charges if there are certain aggravating factors in their case (i.e. an accident that resulted in significant injury or the death of another driver).

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Illinois DUIdefense attorneyState troopers are expected to put additional units on the road over the Labor Day weekend this year. There will also be more security checkpoints. Emphasis will be placed on the “fatal four” infractions, and many are likely to experience an arrest. Learn what to watch out for, and discover how an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help with your criminal charges case.

The “Fatal Four” Behaviors

As previously mentioned, state troopers are expected to focus on the “fatal four” driving behaviors over Labor Day weekend: distracted driving, not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, and driving under the influence. The final focus – driving while intoxicated – could result in jail time, fines, and a suspension of the driver’s license. Thankfully, there are ways to fight back.

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerAlthough medical marijuana use is permitted in the state of Illinois, individuals who are registered patients may be at constant risk for a DUI. Furthermore, medical marijuana users may experience other charges along with their DUI. Learn more about the state’s legal marijuana limits, potential consequences of a DUI conviction, and how an experienced attorney can help protect your rights.

Illinois’ Marijuana DUI Limits

Prior to 2016, Illinois did not have a specific marijuana limit for drivers. Instead, they had a zero-tolerance policy. Unfortunately, this set many medical users up for DUIs, regardless of their sobriety status at the time of being arrested. After 2016, the law provided a provision in which users could avoid a DUI, provided their blood THC content was less than five nanograms and/or saliva was under 10 nanograms. In addition, marijuana users may be subject to additional charges if they were in an accident or had an open container in their vehicle at the time of arrest.

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