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Will County DUI Defense AttorneyAccording to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2016, accounting for 28 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States that year. One way of trying to prevent drunk driving crashes is by performing DUI stops. During this type of traffic stop, a police officer may ask an alleged drunk driver to submit to a series of tests to determine his or her level of impairment. A field sobriety test is used by police officers when a motorist is stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, the accuracy of these tests is often questioned. Consequently, it is important to note that a driver can refuse to submit to a field sobriety test without penalty in Illinois. 

What Do the Tests Involve?  

The Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is a series of three tests that judge a person’s ability to perform certain tasks that require specific motor skills. Statistics show that these tests have been proven to confirm legal intoxication (.08 or higher BAC) in motorists suspected of drunk driving in 90 percent of cases if conducted properly by a law enforcement officer. 

The three tests that comprise the SFST are:

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Joliet DUI Defense AttorneyEvery year in Illinois, hundreds of people die as a result of drinking and/or drugged driving. Hundreds more are seriously injured or permanently disabled. Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is illegal in the state of Illinois, and the penalties for it are steep. Drivers under the age of 21 only make up 10 percent of licensed drivers, but they are involved in 17 percent of alcohol-related fatal crashes.

Even though the legal drinking age is 21 in Illinois, many people drink before their 21st birthday. Some people may think this is harmless, but when a teenager chooses to operate a vehicle while intoxicated, it can result in devastating injuries or even death, not only for him or her, but for other drivers on the road as well. Consequently, someone stopped for a suspected DUI who is also under 21 can face severe legal penalties that can have lasting effects.   

DUI Penalties for Drivers Under 21

Illinois law prohibits a person under age 21 from purchasing, accepting, possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages. Any person under 21 years of age with any trace of alcohol in his or her system will automatically lose his or her driving privileges based on the “zero tolerance” policy. The Zero Tolerance Law for Illinois also applies to drivers who are under 21 years old. Apart from the revocation of their driving privileges, penalties can include imprisonment or steep fines. The consequences of drinking and driving can also impact other areas of someone’s life, such as increased insurance rates, court-ordered alcohol treatment programs, and a negative driving record.

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Will County DUI lawyer

With around 27,000 driving while intoxicated arrests in Illinois each year, some involve aggravated DUI, which is charged as felony DUI. These offenses include those that result in endangerment, injury, or death to another driver, passenger, or pedestrian. Punishments for a conviction can include incarceration that cannot be reduced or suspended. Individuals who are offered probation can receive a minimum of 480 hours of community service or 10 days in jail.

If you were arrested for aggravated DUI, it is imperative you secure skilled legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

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Will County DUI defense attorney MDDP IIDIllinois law enforcement officers arrest approximately 27,000 people each year for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Of those arrested, around 86 percent are first-time DUI offenders, and 91 percent lose their driving privileges in some capacity.

With the help of a skilled DUI lawyer, you may have your case dismissed if police did not read you your Miranda rights or failed to properly administer standardized field sobriety testing, or if your blood-alcohol concentration was incorrectly measured by a malfunctioning breathalyzer. If none of these occurred, your attorney can still help minimize the impact of the arrest on your everyday life. While police and the courts vigorously enforce Illinois DUI laws, there are allowances for those with no prior DUI arrests or convictions.

Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) 

A first-time offender who is not charged with aggravated DUI can apply for an MDDP from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. This allows unrestricted driving privileges during your six-month license suspension through the installation of a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID). This device only allows a vehicle’s ignition to start after the driver successfully completes a breathalyzer that also captures an image of the driver and records it in the Secretary of State’s online system. The driver must also pass periodic tests while the vehicle is in operation.

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Will County DUI attorney BAIIDWith around 27,000 annual arrests for driving under the influence in Illinois, drunk driving is harshly enforced and prosecuted. Still, the court system recognizes that even citizens with flawless driving records make mistakes and that stripping an individual of their driver’s license can make life extremely difficult, especially when it affects a person’s ability to get to work every day.

Some DUI offenders are eligible to keep their driving privileges with the installation and use of a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) in their vehicle. Around 10,000 Illinoisans currently utilize this system in order to complete necessary daily tasks.

What Is a BAIID?

A BAIID only allows a vehicle to start after the driver passes a breathalyzer test. The driver must also pass periodic tests while the vehicle is in use. A camera also captures an image of the driver as they take the breath test. All results are sent to the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, which performs audits of the information and revokes BAIID use if there is evidence of DUI or tampering with the device.

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