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One of the most common crimes committed on the roads of Illinois is driving while under the influence (DUI). According to data from the Illinois Secretary of State, there were more than 26,200 drivers arrested for DUI across the state of Illinois in 2019. Being charged with driving while you are impaired can result in serious penalties, such as jail time, driver’s license revocation, and fines. However, certain circumstances can dictate how severe your penalties are, including what your BAC level is. In Illinois, a higher BAC could also mean a more serious sentence. Hiring an Illinois DUI defense lawyer is strongly advised if you are facing any kind of DUI charge.

Illinois DUI Charges and Your BAC

Before you are even arrested, the officer who pulled you over will likely begin to evaluate you to determine if you are intoxicated or impaired in any way. You may be asked to submit to field sobriety tests, which may consist of a walk-and-turn test, one-leg-stand test, or possibly even a preliminary field breathalyzer test. A breathalyzer is an important tool in determining whether or not a person is impaired because it can inform the officer of the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC).

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Arlington Heights DUI attorney, drugged driving, drunk driving death, fatal car accident, illinois drunk driving, sober driver, traffic deaths, zero tolerance campaign, holiday season, combat drunk driving, Lights on for LifeEvery year police departments across the nation gear up for the busy holiday season and subsequent influx of reported drunk driving incidents. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), there were 321 fatalities in 2012 as a result of drunk driving, representing 34 percent of all traffic deaths for the state of Illinois.

The Illinois State Police (ISP) has issued many campaigns over the years against drunk driving, especially during this time of year. A few months ago, ISP teamed up with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and hundreds of police departments statewide to commence the "Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over" zero tolerance campaign against drunk or drugged driving prior to the Labor Day holiday weekend.

While drunk driving fatalities have been on the decline over the past decade, there has been a significant increase of these types of incidents reported from 2011 to 2012. December has been proclaimed "Drunk and Drugged Driving (3-D) Prevention Month" to:

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Arlington Heights DUI attorney, drunk driving, drunk driving accidents, drunk driving case, DUI arrest, holiday DUI, IDOT, illinois drunk driving, traffic citationsAn Illinois initiative to step up efforts to curtail drunk and drug-impaired driving began in August with a big push over Labor Day weekend. The Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and multiple municipal county and police departments statewide, including the West Chicago Police Department, joined together for its zero tolerance campaign.

In a press release issued by IDOT, motor vehicle fatalities have decreased when compared to the same timeframe last year, but they do not want to be complacent about safety regarding both impaired driving and getting drivers to buckle up. One-third of fatal crashes involve an impaired driver and the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is designed to increase awareness and compliance of state laws.

This campaign was coupled with aggressive law enforcement on the roads during the Labor Day weekend. Roadside safety checks were implemented across the state. The West Chicago Police Department, joining with the Illinois State Police, collectively issued 73 verbal or written warnings and 66 traffic citations with two arrests over the Labor Day weekend. Efforts will continue throughout the upcoming holiday season as this is when road fatalities involving impaired drivers occur at higher rates.

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illinois-aggravated-duiA Kenosha man is being held on $250,000 bond after he was charged with driving under the influence. The man allegedly crashed an SUV into a north suburban townhouse early in the morning on October 25. Driving under the influence in Illinois can carry strict penalties.

A Lake County judge charged Adam R. Bileck, 32, with aggravated driving under the influence, driving with a revoked driver’s license, driving without a valid driver’s license, and leaving the scene of the accident, according to the Chicago Tribune. His SUV reportedly veered off the road the morning of October 25, striking the house at 450 Patriot Drive in Hainsville before bursting into flames. The fire spread through the house.

After the accident, Bileck reportedly fled the scene of the accident and hid under a pickup truck a few blocks away. He was discovered a few hours later when the owner of the truck tried to leave for work. Bileck allegedly fled again, attempting to hide in a marshy area off Hainesville Road, but was apprehended by police. He was taken to Advocate Condell Hospital for treatment, but was released into police custody later Saturday evening.

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illinois-underage-drinking-and-drivingIllinois has a zero tolerance policy that requires underage drinking and driving to be taken seriously across the state. The zero tolerance policy states that any driver under the age of 21 pulled over with any trace of alcohol in their system will lose driving privileges. Those individuals charged with drinking and driving should get legal advice from a qualified Arlington Heights DUI attorney.

This includes situations where an officer makes an otherwise routine traffic stop to issue a citation and has probable cause to believe that an individual younger than 21 has alcohol in their system. Officers can administer chemical tests to confirm levels of alcohol. If the test outcome determines alcohol in the driver’s system, the police officer or trooper simply submits a sworn statement to the Illinois Secretary of State to have the driver’s license suspended.

Illinois has very specific punishments for those under 21 when it comes to drinking and driving. A first offense carries a penalty of 3-month suspension of driving privileges for any BAC above .00. A second offense carries a penalty of 1-year suspension of driving privileges for any BAC above .00. Refusing to take the chemical test to verify presence of alcohol in the system also has penalties. The first violation for refusal or failure to complete a test is a 6-month suspension of driving privileges and the second violation is a 2-year suspension.

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