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Summer is a beautiful time in northern Illinois. Temperatures rise and allow everyone to spend time outdoors after a long and cold winter. With one of the country’s Great Lakes next door and a sprinkling of smaller lakes and rivers throughout the state, boating and other watersports are a favorite summer pastime for many Illinoisians. Spending time with family and friends often includes alcohol, which can make for a fun time, but it can also cause issues if you are not responsible. In Illinois, operating a boat and operating a car are two very comparable things from a legal standpoint. Many people do not realize that there are laws in Illinois that make it illegal for you to operate a boat or other watercraft while you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are charged with boating under the influence (BUI), the penalties can be harsh.  Therefore, it is important that you are aware of them so you do not unintentionally break them.

BUI Laws Do Not Apply Only to Alcohol

Just like driving under the influence (DUI), there are multiple ways you could be charged with a BUI. The Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act states that a person is guilty of BUI if he or she is in control of the watercraft and:

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerAmericans sometimes take their rights for granted. What happens, though, when your own decisions result in a loss of your rights? This is, unfortunately, a possibility when one is convicted of a felony DUI. Learn more with help from the following information.

Your Right to Bear Arms

The right to bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution. However, this right can be revoked. This is what typically happens to individuals who have been convicted of a violent offense (domestic violence, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, etc.). Yet it can also happen to those with non-violent felony offenses.

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Arlington Heights felony DUI defense attorneyTypically, the people that are with us when we are out on the town, visiting family, or running errands are close to us. If these same people happen to be in a vehicle during a crash, their lives are at risk. Should that risk become a reality, it can devastate the one driving. This is especially true when alcohol is involved. Guilt, grief, and loss in such situations can be overwhelming. Yet these are not the only consequences of a DUI crash.

Loved ones of the fatally wounded victim may blame the driver. Even the law may hold them responsible for the victim’s death. In fact, in some cases, it could result in a felony charge. If you or someone you love is facing such a tragedy, the following information can help you move forward and may assist you in putting your life back together.

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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.

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