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If I get pulled over for DUI, should I take the breath test?

March 30, 2010
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An arrest for DUI is a serious matter. Generally, there are no easy answers about whether a person should take the breathalyzer test. But there are a few principles that may influence the decision. First, there are two opportunities to take a breath test. The first opportunity will occur on the side of the road […]

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What is aggravated DUI in Illinois?

March 9, 2010
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While an arrest for driving under the influence is a misdemeanor on the first offense in Illinois, there are some circumstances where even a first offense can be a felony. Felony DUI offenses are called aggravated DUI. Misdemeanor offenses have a maximum sentence of less than one year of imprisonment. Felony offenses, on the other […]

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I got a DUI and it is my third offense. What are the penalties in Illinois?

March 6, 2010
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A third offense for driving under the influence is a very serious case because it is not a misdemeanor offense. Rather, a third DUI in Illinois is a Class 2 felony. The fact that the first DUI offense resulted in supervision which the defendant completed does not matter. The supervision may have resulted in a […]

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What are the penalties for a first-time DUI in Illinois?

March 6, 2010
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When a person is arrested for DUI, the police officer will provide him with a Uniform Traffic Ticket. The ticket is written by hand and specifies the section(s) of the DUI statute the defendant is accused of violating. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is set forth in 625 ILCS 5/11-501. There may […]

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What are the penalties in Illinois for driving on a suspended or revoked license?

February 20, 2010
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If you are pulled over and your license is suspended because of a prior statutory summary suspension or DUI conviction, the penalties provided by Illinois law can be severe. Driving while suspended or revoked is a Class A misdemeanor offense. For all Class A misdemeanor offenses, the sentencing range is incarceration for up to one […]

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I got a DUI in Illinois. How can I win my summary suspension hearing?

February 9, 2010
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The issues on an Illinois summary suspension hearing are, generally: probable cause, reasonable grounds to believe the defendant was driving, improper warnings, and the driver was not under the influence.

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What happens if I have an MDDP and drive a vehicle without a BAIID?

February 7, 2010
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Driving a vehicle without a BAIID when you have an Illinois MDDP can subject you to a Class 4 felony charge.

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How soon can I file a petition to rescind statutory summary suspension for an Illinois DUI?

February 7, 2010
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A person arrested for DUI in Illinois has a right to a hearing on the summary suspension of his driver’s license within 30 days of filing a petition to rescind.

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How much does it cost to have a BAIID installed for an MDDP in Illinois?

February 7, 2010
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First time DUI offenders in Illinois are eligible for a special permit allowing them to drive during the statutory summary suspension, but the costs are high.

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I got a DUI in Illinois and my license is suspended. Can I get a permit to drive during the suspension?

February 6, 2010
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Illinois law allows DUI offenders to obtain a permit to drive during the summary suspension of their driver’s licenses with a BAIID device.

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