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DUI With a Child in the Car Carries Extra Penalties in Illinois

 Posted on September 24, 2018 in DUI

Aurora felony DUI defense lawyerBeing charged for driving under the influence (DUI) is upsetting enough, no matter the circumstances surrounding the arrest. However, if you are arrested for drunk driving with a child in the car, the trouble multiplies. Under Illinois law, DUI with a passenger under age 16 in the vehicle carries additional penalties, including fines and community service. 

First-Time DUI Charge With Passenger Under Age 16

A first-time DUI offender generally has a good chance of being granted court supervision. During the supervision period, which typically lasts one year or more, they will be required to attend a drug/alcohol education course and probably perform community service. They usually will not have to pay a large fine or serve time in jail. At the end of the supervision period, as long as they meet all the requirements set by the judge, their case will be dismissed, and they will not have a DUI conviction on their record.

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The Day After a DUI: Start Preparing Your Defense

 Posted on September 12, 2018 in DUI

Aurora DUI Defense AttorneysThe day after you are arrested for driving under the influence can be tough. You may still feel a bit dazed after being arrested, tested, and processed.

Just remember this: an arrest, even with a failed alcohol or drug test, is not a guaranteed conviction, especially if this was your first DUI arrest. With the help of an experienced DUI defense attorney, you have a good chance of reaching a favorable outcome.

It is crucial that you start working on your defense right away. A successful DUI defense not only depends on your attorney but also on you. The more prepared and organized you are, the better.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for the first meeting with your defense attorney:

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Can Police Impound or Seize the Car of a Drunk Driver?

 Posted on August 23, 2018 in DUI

DuPage County DUI and vehicle seizure defense attorneyMost people know that the police can seize and sell assets involved in major drug crimes, such as cars, boats, and houses. But did you know that the police can also impound or seize your car if you are caught driving under the influence?

If you are ever arrested for DUI, you will take a back-seat ride in a squad car to the police station. Then, unless there was a sober passenger in the car who can drive the car home, the police will call a local towing company to pick up the vehicle and take it to their storage lot.

Impoundment of Your Car

If your car is towed following a DUI arrest, you can usually get it back by going to the towing company lot and paying the accrued towing and storage fees. However, some counties (including Will County and DuPage County) and cities also charge an administrative fee to help cover their cost of dealing with the towing company, typically in the range of $300 to $500. You must show proof that this fee has been paid in order to get your vehicle back.

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Can a Police Officer Search My Car During a Traffic Stop?

 Posted on August 06, 2018 in DUI

Naperville DUI and traffic violation defense lawyerWhen a driver is pulled over by the police, the first thing the officer is likely to say is, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” A good answer to that is, “I’m not sure. Why?” 

The police officer may have stopped you for a simple traffic violation, such as speeding or running a stop sign. But depending on your behavior and conversation, a police officer could begin to suspect that you are guilty of something more. You do not want to give the officer any reason to start looking for additional violations.

For example, the police might suspect that you were driving under the influence of alcohol, violating the “open container” law, or even using illegal drugs. The officer might then want to search your car, looking for evidence of suspected illegal activity. It is important to know your legal rights in this situation. 

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Understanding the Different Types of Breathalyzer Tests in DUI Cases

 Posted on July 31, 2018 in DUI

Aurora DUI breathalyzer test defense lawyerEvery so often, when people are hanging out and drinking a few beers, the topic of drunk driving will come up. Such conversations may be filled with misinformation about Illinois laws on driving under the influence. One of the most common debates involves breathalyzer tests--whether or not you can refuse to take them, and what happens if you refuse. This article seeks to clear up some of these questions surrounding breathalyzer tests.

The Roadside Breathalyzer vs. the Police Station Test

Many people are surprised to learn that there are two different types of breathalyzer tests:

  • The preliminary breath test, which is conducted with a portable breath-analysis device at during a traffic stop at roadside.
  • The evidentiary breath test, which is conducted with a stationary machine at a police station.

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Medical Marijuana Users: How to Avoid a Possible DUI Charge

 Posted on July 10, 2018 in DUI

Joliet marijuana DUI defense lawyerIllinois residents who legally use medical cannabis may be justifiably concerned about their risk of being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after using marijuana. 

While only around 30,000 people are currently registered as medical marijuana users in Illinois, this number could expand dramatically once the governor signs a new law passed by the legislature in May 2018. This law, SB 336, would modify the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (410 ILCS 130), allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana as an alternative to opioid pain medications and eliminating the criminal background check requirement for patients.

Marijuana DUI Law for Regular Citizens

THC is the intoxicating element in marijuana, and this is what Illinois law enforcement officers will measure to determine if you are guilty of driving under the influence of marijuana. The legal limit for THC in Illinois is five nanograms or more per milliliter of whole blood or 10 nanograms or more per milliliter of any other bodily substance (e.g., saliva). If you test at or above that level, you will be subject to the statutory summary suspension of your driver’s license and a DUI charge.  

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Illinois Driver’s License Reinstatement After Revocation for DUI

 Posted on June 28, 2018 in License Reinstatement

DuPage County driver's license reinstatement attorneyIf your Illinois driver’s license has been revoked for driving under the influence, you anxiously await the day when you are free to drive again with no restrictions. However, Illinois does not make it easy to get your license reinstated after a DUI conviction. 

If you live in Illinois, you will have to appear in person before a Secretary of State hearing officer, who will consider your request for reinstatement, and they may choose to deny your request for any number of reasons. Good preparation is key to success at these hearings. Here are a few of the important steps you must complete before you can even have that hearing:

Determine if You Are Eligible to Apply Yet 

You cannot apply for reinstatement of your driver’s license until your revocation period is up. For example, let us assume that you received the usual six-month statutory summary suspension of your driver’s license for testing over the legal limit for drugs or alcohol at the time of your DUI arrest. Then, at your sentencing, your license was revoked for a minimum of one year. On that date, you had already served three months of your suspension. Those three months will be credited toward your minimum period of revocation, leaving you with nine more months of revocation to serve. At the end of that nine months, you can apply for reinstatement.

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10 Things to Know About Your Rights if You Are Arrested

 Posted on June 06, 2018 in Criminal Defense

DuPage County criminal defense attorneyWhen approached by a police officer, it is natural for your heart to start racing and for the primitive “fight or flight” instinct to kick in. However, resisting a police officer is a serious crime. So what should you do?

It is important for you to know your rights, and the rights of law enforcement, in the event that you are ever arrested and charged with a crime. Here are some tips to remember if you are being arrested:

  1. Remain calm and obey the directions of the officer. You do not have the right to resist the arrest, even if you are innocent of any wrongdoing.
  2. You must give police officers your real name, address, age, and date of birth. You do not need to say anything else, and anything you do say could be used against you later. You can simply state that you wish you remain silent, and then do not respond to any questions. 
  3. When an officer tells you that you are under arrest, he has the right to do a “pat down” search over your clothing to ensure that you are not carrying any weapons. He can also search any bags you are carrying and the area immediately around you. 

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