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Arlington Heights criminal defense attorneyAlthough it is illegal to for anyone to drive while intoxicated, and illegal anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol, figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that one out of 10 high school teens drive drunk. This makes them 17 times more likely to die in an automobile crash, and it places them at high risk for a DUI arrest, which can impact their criminal record and licensing status. To combat this issue and hopefully deter teens from driving while intoxicated, the Illinois Neurological Institute is conducting DUI accident reenactments at local high schools.

Realistic Reenactments Attempt to Drive the Message Home

The DUI accident reenactments are gory and brutal. Those responsible for putting them together – local police and fire departments, the local morgue, and the Neurological Institute – have designed them that way to drive the message home: humans have one life, and even just one episode of drinking and driving can rip it away. This, in and of itself, should be enough of a deterrent. But sometimes, it is not. It is then that parents should talk to their teens about the other potential consequences and, if possible and necessary, take action. 


blood test, Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyerIn 2011, an Illinois man was driving down a street in Lisle when a couple ran in front of his car. The driver was unable to stop in time, and the vehicle hit the woman, who subsequently died from her injuries. The driver was charged with aggravated DUI, but a judge later dismissed those charges based on insufficient evidence and calling into question the accuracy of the state’s forensic crime labs.

Troubling Inconsistencies

According to reports, when law enforcement arrived at the scene, they tested the driver’s blood alcohol content level (BAC), which lab reports later said registered at 0.086. The legal BAC limit in Illinois is 0.08. In the course of the investigation by the defense, it was discovered that there had been an internal audit of the Illinois State Police Laboratories regarding blood alcohol test inaccuracies. The audit reported “75 percent of the whole blood controls analyzed exceeded two standard deviations,” which would produce inaccurate or invalid results.


BAC, Arlington Heights drunk driving defense attorneyIn Illinois, just as in each of the other 49 states, a person who is driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher is considered legally intoxicated. However, there are cases where a person can be charged with drunk driving when they have a BAC of .05 to .08, if law enforcement produces additional evidence pointing to a driver’s impairment.

The BAC is determined by the ratio of alcohol to a person’s blood, and can also be estimated by testing samples of his or her breath. Alcohol is absorbed quickly, going from a person’s stomach, into the bloodstream, and then traveling up to the brain. The first traces of alcohol can usually be detected within 30 minutes to an hour after a person has had a drink.

Many people are under the impression that the type of alcohol they drink makes a difference – but that is a mistake. A typical drink contains about one-half ounce of alcohol. This is roughly the amount of alcohol which is found in a typical 5-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce beer, or a “shot” of distilled liquor.


police, dui, Illinois criminal defense attorneyWe are in the middle of the holiday season, and that often means more drivers on the roads. It also means office parties, family get-togethers, and special events that can amp up our propensity to drink, speed, or attempt to do too much all at once. Illinois State Police officers are encouraging everyone to stay safe, think twice, and avoid the fatal four moving violations: drinking and driving, speeding, forgetting seatbelts, and being a distracted driver.

Drinking and Driving (DUI)

It is difficult to find a holiday event without some form of alcohol. State officers expect and understand as much. What they will not allow is for you to have a few drinks and then get behind the wheel of a car – not without giving you a moving violation for driving while under the influence.


DUI, alcohol effects, Illinois criminal defense attorneyIn Illinois, just as in most states, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or more is considered driving under the influence according to the law. However, even a BAC of under .08 can result in DUI charges if other aspects of a person’s behavior indicates they may be under the influence of alcohol.

Recent studies have revealed that as a person gets older, the effects of alcohol may become stronger. Where once that second or third glass of wine may have not had any effect, once a person hits 50 years of age, they now feel tipsy after that second glass.

The reasons for this are due to the physical changes that take place as we age. One reason has to do with the fact that as we age, our bodies have less water content and we also have less muscle mass. Another reason is that our bodies no longer produce a certain enzyme that breaks down the effect alcohol has. This results in often taking longer for that glass of wine to break down, leaving a more concentrated amount of alcohol in the blood. Because of the these changes in the body, older adults should be especially aware of any changes in how alcohol affects them, especially since it can result in a DUI arrest.