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Driving while you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol is never a good idea, and there are many consequences you can face for this serious crime. Not only do you face criminal penalties for a DUI, but you can also face administrative penalties, which can and typically will be added onto any criminal penalties. If you are arrested for DUI and test over the legal limit for alcohol or drugs, you face an automatic suspension of your driving privileges by the Illinois Secretary of State, all without even needing to be convicted of a crime. You can fight a statutory summary suspension of your driver's license, but you will need help from an experienced attorney.

What Is a Statutory Summary Suspension?

Basically, a statutory summary suspension is the administrative penalty that the Illinois Secretary of State imposes in DUI cases. If you fail a chemical test or refuse to take a test after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, you will be subject to a statutory summary suspension. These penalties are completely separate from any criminal penalties that you may face for DUI-related reasons. 

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Arlington Heights BUI defense lawyer

For many people, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer. Some people celebrate with picnics and barbecues, while others head to the lake for time on the water. In many cases, people enjoy drinking alcohol while enjoying these activities. However, what many people do not realize is that Illinois treats alcohol and boating very similar to the way it treats alcohol and driving. If you are convicted of boating while under the influence (BUI) of alcohol or drugs, you could face serious consequences, similar to driving under the influence (DUI) charges.

What Is a BUI?

The Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act states that it is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. A person is considered to be boating under the influence if he or she is in actual physical control of watercraft and one or more of the following apply:

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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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Illinois DUI defense lawyerIllinois is notorious for its strict drunk driving laws. In fact, the state is one of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) top-rated states for DUI enforcement. Now they are incorporating a new sobriety program that lets drivers keep their license while on probation. Appealing as that might sound, there are some critical elements to the program that defendants should be aware of before taking a plea bargain.

More on the New Sobriety Program

DUI conviction – be it the first or fifth – typically results in a suspension or revocation of a driver’s license. Some are eligible for a special license that allows them to drive with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID), but not all. The new program, which is still in the testing phase, permits the driver to keep their license during their probation – but it comes at a cost. The driver must agree to random and routine breathalyzer tests throughout the day, even when they are at work, home, or in a social setting.

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerThis Memorial Day weekend will be a triple threat for Illinois residents. There will be more DUI checkpoints and seatbelt checkpoints, which could ultimately result in a sobriety test. It is also distracted driving awareness week, and officers are already cracking down on drivers using their cellphones while behind the wheel. Learn more about how to protect yourself this weekend, and what you can do if you or someone you love falls victim to one of these extra measures.

Play It Extra Safe

Most drivers know their limits. They wait until they can drive safely, or they call a cab or assign a designated driver to avoid driving while intoxicated. Unfortunately, with more DUI checkpoints, drivers may be more likely to receive a sobriety test. News reporters have found this test to be difficult, even for sober people. If you fail, you may be asked to take a breathalyzer. If the machine is improperly calibrated or used incorrectly and you have had just one drink, you could find yourself behind bars for the night.

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