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Driving under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense punishable by significant penalties in Illinois. DUI offenders are subject to driver’s license revocation, expensive fines, vehicle impoundment, and even jail time in certain situations.
Alcohol breath tests, often referred to as breathalyzers or intoximeters, measure the amount of alcohol on a driver’s breath. The results of a breath test are often a crucial component in a DUI case. Consequently, many people wonder if they can refuse to take an alcohol breath test. This blog will explore the advantages and disadvantages of refusing a breathalyzer in Illinois.
Understanding the Two
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In Illinois, drunk driving is penalized by both administrative and criminal consequences. If you were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), you may face fees and jail time. Your driver’s license may also be revoked. Once your license is revoked, it is illegal to drive. Driving with a revoked license can lead to further criminal penalties. Fortunately, you may be able eligible for a Restricted Driving Permit.
A Restricted Driving Permit May Get You Back on the Road Legally
Losing the ability to drive can be a major burden. Most people drive multiple times a day to go
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In Illinois, an individual is considered to be intoxicated by alcohol if he or she has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater. Breath tests like breathalyzers are just one way of measuring the amount of alcohol in a person’s system. Blood tests, or tests that directly test the amount of alcohol in someone’s blood, are also used in drunk driving cases. Blood tests are often considered more reliable than breath tests. However, many different issues can cause a blood test to be inaccurate.
If you or a loved one were charged with driving under the influence
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Typically, when someone is arrested for a criminal offense, he or she is not subject to penalties or punishments until he or she is convicted of that crime by a judge or jury. However, drunk driving arrests are different than other types of arrests. If you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you are subject to an administrative penalty in the form of a driver’s license suspension. Once your license is suspended, it is illegal to drive and doing so can lead to additional criminal charges.
If you lost your license due to alleged drunk driving, you may
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Most people take one or more prescription medications on a daily basis. You may be surprised to know that it is possible to be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) for driving after taking medication – even if the medication was prescribed by a physician and taken legally.
DUI convictions can result in revocation of the offender’s driver’s license, steep fees, and depending on the circumstances, jail time.  If you or a loved one were charged with drunk driving because of prescription medication, contact a DUI defense lawyer for help.
DUI for Doctor-Prescribed Medicine
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When police officers suspect someone of driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, they may ask the driver to take a field sobriety test. These tests are supposed to help officers determine whether or not a person is intoxicated. If the results of the field sobriety test indicate intoxication, the officer may ask the suspect to take a breath test or “breathalyzer.” The individual may be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and subject to administrative consequences and criminal penalties. Read on to learn about some of the top questions regarding field sobriety tests in Illinois.
The purpose of
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In Illinois, drivers can lose their licenses for several different reasons. One of the most common reasons for driver’s license suspension or revocation is driving under the influence (DUI). Once your license is suspended or revoked, it becomes a criminal offense to drive any motor vehicle.
A driver’s license suspension eventually ends, and the driver can get back on the road legally. However, getting your driving privileges back after a revocation requires additional steps. You will need to attend either an informal or formal driver’s license reinstatement hearing with a representative from the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) and demonstrate
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In Illinois, drivers can lose their driving privileges due to a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI), multiple traffic violations, or conviction for a felony offense involving a vehicle. Driver’s license suspensions eventually terminate and the driver can pay a small fee to reinstate their driving privileges. However, once your driver’s license is revoked, the only way to get it back is through a driver’s license reinstatement hearing. Formal hearings are held at one of four Secretary of State locations in Illinois.

Understand the Requirements for License Reinstatement
Formal driver’s license reinstatement hearings are usually required when a
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Being arrested, charged with, or convicted of a crime can change your life forever. Not only can criminal convictions lead to jail time, and other penalties, being involved in the criminal justice system can also damage your personal and professional reputation. Having a criminal record can adversely affect your ability to get a job, secure housing, and live the life you want to. Understandably, many people are eager to get their criminal records erased. Read on to learn about expungements and record sealing in Illinois and what you should do if you want help erasing your criminal record.

Erasing Your
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In Illinois, drivers can lose their licenses for many different offenses. Driver’s license suspensions and revocations may result from charges for driving under the influence (DUI), multiple traffic violations, and failure to pay tickets. Once a license is suspended or revoked, the license holder is prohibited from driving any motor vehicle. Driving with a suspended or revoked license is a criminal offense. Fortunately, there may be a way to get back on the road legally after losing your license.
Seeking Driving Relief Through a Hardship License
If you lose your license, you may wonder how you will travel to work,
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In Illinois, a person may be subject to a driver’s license suspension or revocation if they are accused of drunk driving, leaving the scene of an accident, multiple traffic violations, drag racing, or other offenses. Once your license is suspended or revoked, it is illegal to drive any motor vehicle. Driver’s license suspensions automatically terminate after a certain period of time. Once the suspension is up, you pay a fine and regain your driving privileges.  
Unlike a driver’s license suspension, a driver’s license revocation does not automatically terminate. To get your license back after it is revoked, you must attend
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When we drink alcohol, the alcohol can be detected in our breath, urine, and blood. Often, the results of a chemical blood alcohol content (BAC) test are a key component of an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). Breath tests, sometimes called Breathalyzers, analyze the alcohol on a person’s breath in order to approximate the person’s BAC. If you or a loved one have been arrested for drunk driving, it is important to understand how breathalyzer results can impact the case.

Can I Refuse a Breathalyzer in Illinois?
When police officers suspect a driver of drunk driving, they
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Parents are responsible for guiding their children and helping them grow into happy, successful adults. However, even the best parents cannot prevent their children from making mistakes. For teenagers, shoplifting may seem like a victimless crime. Otherwise, law-abiding teenagers may justify stealing from a store because the crime does not involve violence or physical harm. Teenagers may also be peer-pressured into stealing. Some shoplift in order to impress their friends or gain a certain reputation at school. Other teens accused of theft are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Whatever the reasons, theft charges can have a
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Illinois is one of many U.S. states that have eliminated or dramatically reduced criminal penalties for marijuana possession and use. Cannabis flower and cannabis products like “edibles” are now legal to possess in Illinois — regardless of the user’s medical need. However, marijuana possession, cultivation, and distribution are still limited and regulated by law. Furthermore, it remains illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Smoking and driving or “drugged driving” can lead to charges for driving under the influence (DUI).

DUI Involving Cannabis in Illinois
Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Illinois. However, this
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In Illinois, an individual’s driver’s license can be suspended or revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol DUI), receiving several driving violations, failure to pay toll road fees, and even failure to pay child support. If an individual’s license is revoked, the only way to reinstate the license and recover the ability to drive is to meet certain eligibility requirements and attend a Secretary of State (SOS) driver’s license reinstatement hearing.
Informal Driver’s License Reinstatement Hearings
There are two types of license reinstatement hearings in Illinois. If you lost your license due to a first-time DUI or moving
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Getting arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is cause for serious concern, and you may feel that your entire future is at risk due to a rare lapse in judgment. For many people, one of the most troubling thoughts is the idea of spending time in jail after an arrest or conviction. Jail time is certainly possible for DUI offenders in Illinois, but it is often possible to avoid it, especially with the help of an experienced DUI defense attorney.
Police Custody After a DUI Arrest
If you are arrested for DUI, you will almost
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