How Can I Beat an Illinois DUI Charge?
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How Can I Beat an Illinois DUI Charge?

Getting charged with a DUI can feel like the end of the road. Even if you’re confident you didn’t violate the law, how are you supposed to fight back against the word of a cop? Against test results that seem to prove your guilt?
 
But there are all kinds of reasons why someone may be charged and a number of different ways for you to call evidence into question and defend yourself. And you have to if you want to protect your future, because being convicted of a DUI is serious.
 
In order to learn how to beat an Illinois DUI charge, you first have to understand the law.…

DUI and Reckless Driving: What You Need to Know
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DUI and Reckless Driving: What You Need to Know

When you’re driving, you can be pulled over for simple traffic violations – running a stop sign or a red light, speeding, failing to use a turn signal, and so on – or you can be pulled over for a criminal offense.
 
Reckless driving and DUI are two criminal driving offenses you can be charged with in Illinois. And depending on the severity of the circumstances, you can be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony.
 
Let’s first look at these two charges separately, and then see how they are connected to each other.
 
What is Reckless Driving?
 
You might think reckless driving is when someone drives, well, recklessly.…

Repeat DUI Offenders Can Apply For Limited Driving Permit
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Repeat DUI Offenders Can Apply For Limited Driving Permit

Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal in Illinois and can have serious ramifications for first time and repeat offenders.
 
In Illinois, you can be charged with a DUI if you are caught with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. A commercial driver’s limit is 0.04. And if you are under 21, there is a zero tolerance policy – any amount of alcohol will result in an arrest.
 
If you are arrested for a DUI and it’s your first offense, you could be punished with up to 1 year in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, the installation of an interlock ignition device, and a license suspension for a minimum of 1 year.…

Do Illinois DUI Checkpoints Violate Rights?
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Do Illinois DUI Checkpoints Violate Rights?

The concept of DUI checkpoints has always stood on shaky legal grounds.
 
Many civil rights groups have contested it on the grounds that it offers police the opportunity to profile who they choose to pull over and constitutes a violation of Fourth Amendment rights. A recent article in the Chicago Tribune brought to light an example of how civil liberties can be violated during the checkpoints. The article describes the Illinois suburb of Berwyn, where police have been racking up a suspiciously high amount of citations. Though Berwyn has a population of only 57,000, the suburb racked up the third highest number of citations in the state during the 2014 grant year—only Chicago and Calumet City issued more.…

How Many Drinks Equals a DUI?
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How Many Drinks Equals a DUI?

Most of us have probably seen those old blood alcohol concentration (BAC) charts that detail how many drinks it takes for someone to be over the legal limit. Partially because of these charts – which are meant to teach people to drink more responsibly and drive safely – many people believe that there is a specific number of drinks you can have that equates to a DUI.
 
Unfortunately, this just isn’t true. As any Chicago DUI lawyer worth their salt can tell you, there are many factors that can influence a person’s blood-alcohol level.
Here are just a few of the most common ones:
 

Age
Alcohol tolerance
Amount of food eaten
Body type
Carbonation of drinks
Drink strength
Emotional state
Gender
How fast you drink
Level of hydration
Medications you’re on
Metabolism
Muscle/fat content
Your overall health

 
Because of all of these factors, your BAC is not just individual, but variable.…