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DuPage County CDL Suspension LawyerCommercial driver's license (CDL) holders need their licenses to make a living. When a CDL violation threatens a person's commercial driver's license, it can be anxiety-provoking, to say the least. If you drive a commercial vehicle for your job and you have been accused of a weight violation, a CDL license defense lawyer can help you understand your rights and options. You may be able to mitigate or even eliminate the financial and administrative consequences you face.

Overweight Truck Violations in Illinois

In Illinois, as in every other state, it is against the law to operate a commercial vehicle that exceeds the posted weight limit. The fines for overweight truck violations can be significant, and may increase if the weight exceedance is more than 10 percent. If you are cited for an overweight truck violation, you may be required to appear in court. 

At the court hearing, the judge will consider the evidence and may find you guilty of the overweight truck violation. If you are found guilty, you will be required to pay a fine. The amount of the fine will depend on how much your vehicle weighs over the posted limit. For example, a truck that is up to 2000 pounds overweight can incur a fine of $100. However, if the truck is between 4500 and 5000 pounds overweight, the fine is $950. A truck more than 5000 pounds overweight can result in a $1500 fine at a minimum. In addition to these fines, a truck driver may also be cited for failing to properly notate a wide load. Refusing to stop for law enforcement and get your vehicle weighed can also result in heavy fines as well as charges for failure to yield. 

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DuPage County Criminal Defense AttorneyIf you are accused of possessing a fake ID or a related offense in Illinois, it is important to take the charges seriously. Depending on the circumstances, you could be facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, which could come with significant penalties. Even if you are not convicted of ID fraud, the state has the authority to suspend or revoke your driver's license.

If you are facing criminal charges or loss of driving privileges because of an ID-related offense, it is important to have a skilled fraud investigation lawyer advocating for you. Your attorney can help you understand the charges against you and work to get the best possible outcome in your case.

ID Fraud in Illinois

There are a few different ways that you can be accused of possessing a fake ID in Illinois. The most common is using a fake ID to misrepresent your age, usually for the purpose of trying to buy alcohol or cigarettes. However, you can also be charged with possessing a fake ID if you have altered your real ID in any way, such as changing your birthdate or adding fake information. Additionally, you can be charged with this offense if you are caught with someone else's ID, even if it is not altered in any way.

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DuPage County DUI Defense LawyerIf you lost your license because of a drunk driving charge, you are not alone. Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common reasons for driver’s license suspensions and revocations. The only way to reinstate a driver’s license and regain the ability to driver after a DUI conviction in Illinois is to meet the Secretary of State’s conditions and prove that you are capable of driving safely.

Many people facing license revocation have a chemical dependency on alcohol. They are not drinking excessive amounts of alcohol for fun; they have tried to stop but cannot. These individuals are often classified as “High Risk – Dependent” and required to take additional steps to reinstate their driver’s license. If you or a loved one are trying to reinstate your driver’s license, it is important to understand how support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous can help.

Regaining Driving Privileges by Tackling Addiction

Alcohol addiction is a powerful force that is not easily overcome without help. In some cases, alcohol dependency is so severe that a person must quit drinking under medical supervision because withdrawal symptoms can be fatal. If you are ready to quit drinking, consider joining a support group like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to get the help and advice you need. In addition to AA, there are also secular alcohol and drug abuse support groups like:

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DuPage County License Revocation LawyerIf your license was revoked, this means that you can no longer drive any motor vehicle. Driving with a revoked license is a criminal offense, and if you are caught, you face immediate arrest and criminal charges. The only way to get your license back is to comply with the Secretary of State’s requirements. The requirements you must follow depend on several factors, including the type of offense, your criminal record, and whether you have an alcohol or drug addiction.

Steps to Take for License Reinstatement Depend on Your Drug and Alcohol Evaluation

The most common reason that a driver’s license is revoked in Illinois is a conviction for drunk driving. Before the Secretary of State will reinstate your license, you must prove that you have taken steps to avoid drunk driving in the future. You will need to participate in a DUI evaluation and answer questions about past and current drug or alcohol use. After you answer all of the questions, the evaluator will classify you based on your risk for repeat DUI offenses.

The risk category determines what you will need to do to get your license back:

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Will County DUI Defense AttorneyMore and more adults are paying close attention to the way their diet influences their health. Low-carb diets like the keto diet and carnivore diet are becoming increasingly popular – especially for those with chronic medical problems. Because these diets change the body’s chemistry and release certain chemicals into the bloodstream, there has been some concern regarding the diets’ effect on alcohol breath tests or breathalyzers. Many people wonder if being on the keto diet can increase their chances of being accused of drunk driving.

Drunk Driving Charges and Ketones

Breathalyzers or breath tests measure how much alcohol is on a person’s breath. Roadside breathalyzer tests are used as a preliminary screening measure and often provide police probable cause for a drunk driving arrest. Evidentiary breath tests are conducted at the police station and often play a crucial role in driving under the influence (DUI) cases.  

When someone is on a diet that restricts or eliminates carbohydrates, the body breaks down fat in the body and uses the fat as fuel. A ketone called acetone is released during the fat-burning process. This may cause a person’s breath to contain isopropyl alcohol. Low-quality breathalyzers may not be able to differentiate between isopropyl alcohol produced naturally by the body and ethanol alcohol from wine, beer, or liquor. This can cause a breath alcohol test to show an inflated blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

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