Illinois DUI Laws Extend beyond Drunk Driving

 Posted on September 25,2014 in DUI

Arlington Heights, Arlington Heights DUI attorney, blood-alcohol level, criminal defense lawyer, DUI, DUI defendant, expungement, felony DUI crimes, Illinois DUI, Illinois DUI laws, intoxication, Scott F. AndersWhen a person is charged with driving under the influence (DUI), some may assume the individual was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. However, the scope of DUI expands to other types of offenses, such as high driving. 

According to the 2014 Illinois Fact Book, published by Secretary of State Jessie White, driving under the influence involves operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, medically prescribed drugs such as cannabis, or any other intoxicating substances like methamphetamine. Under Illinois state laws, a person is considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol if his or her blood-alcohol level is .08 or higher.

In addition, drivers are not permitted to "operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of cannabis prescribed for medicinal purposes." If a judge finds a person guilty of DUI, his or her driver’s license could be suspended for at least six months, although the penalty could last for a year. A driver's medical cannabis card may also be revoked. Also, depending on the circumstances of the arrest, the driver could face other consequences—especially if the intoxication led to the injury or harm of another person.

Those charged with DUI who do not consult an attorney may choose to plead guilty. However, this is often a bad idea because it removes the possibility of expungement. If the driver already has been convicted of DUI in Arlington Heights, Illinois or elsewhere, he or she could face further suspension, license revocation or jail time. The very thought of these consequences can seem overwhelming; however, effective defense strategies can help.

Arlington Heights DUI attorney Scott F. Anderson is a criminal defense lawyer with more than 23 years of experience representing clients facing felony DUI crimes. If you have been charged with an Illinois DUI and require legal assistance, call 847-253-3400 to schedule your free initial consultation today. Attorney Scott Anderson will assist you with your case and develop a comprehensive defense strategy to fight for the best possible outcome.

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