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What can you do if your license is suspended or revoked?

There are quite a few reasons that driving licenses can be suspended or revoked in Illinois. Losing your license no doubt places heavy burdens on you, as you may have trouble getting to work or taking your children to school. Luckily, you have options to regain driving privileges or reinstate your license altogether.

Five need-to-knows for drivers with CDLs

If you're a commercial truck driver then you probably realize how important your driving privileges are. For you, driving is more than something you do - it's your livelihood. Without your license, you wouldn't be able to drive your truck, deliver goods and receive a paycheck. You'd be left without a way to perform your job and could lose it as a result.

It's because of this very reason that getting good legal advice in so important, especially if you are facing drunk driving charges.

Four things that can affect the results of your breath test

Breath tests have become the golden standard in just about every state in the country, including here in Illinois. Not only do they allow police to determine a driver's level of impairment immediately following a traffic stop (oftentimes right there on the side of the road), they are less invasive than blood tests (and less likely to violate a person's constitutional rights as well).

Unfortunately, as paper written by a doctor at the University of Washington's Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine points out, these tests haven't gotten any more accurate over the past few decades despite advancements in technology. Furthermore, numerous studies have concluded what many defense attorneys have been saying for years: these tests aren't as accurate as police and prosecutors think.

Driving (legally) after a DUI is still possible for some

Choosing to drive after consuming alcohol can have disastrous consequences here in Illinois because it could mean losing your driver's license and ability to legally drive in the state -- or elsewhere for that matter.

While some may not encounter too much difficulty after losing their license, you might find it devastating, especially if:

License Suspended vs. Revoked: What's the Difference in Illinois?

Everyone who has ever owned a motor vehicle understands that there are certain risks that people face when they hit the open road. These risks include hitting potholes, car accidents, animals crossing the road, and traffic violations. While people can have their license suspended or revoked for any number of reasons, there are certain reasons that are more common than others.

Why Might Someone Have their License Suspended or Revoked?

It is vital for people to remember that the ability to operate a motor vehicle is a privilege and not a right. This means that people can have their license suspended or revoked at any time for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common reasons include:

Some Illinois speeding offenses now on par with first-offense DUI

In the minds of most drivers, drunk driving and speeding are two very different offenses. Many people cringe at the idea of (knowingly) driving drunk. But how many of us can honestly say that we never drive faster than the posted speed limit?

For a long time, Illinois law has generally treated speeding and DUI as two very different offenses. But the start of 2017 ushered in changes to the penalties for speeding in school zones and work zones, some of which are on par with misdemeanor DUI.

Important Information Regarding Medical Marijuana Use and Field Sobriety Tests

In 2013, the governor of Illinois signed into law an act titled "The Compassionate use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act." This act provided an alternative form of treatment for individuals suffering from serious diseases such as cancer, HIV, and glaucoma. While many people use medical marijuana as a form a relief from the painful symptoms associated with their disease, it is important that people understand that there are rules regarding the use of this marijuana, specifically when it relates to driving.

For those people with cards, there are implications that could necessitate the performance of field sobriety tests and it is important that people comply with the requests of law enforcement. Failure to comply could result in serious consequences.

Changing Marijuana Legislation in Illinois and the Impacts on a DUI Charge

Anyone who has been paying attention to the news understands that there has been a changing attitude towards the use of marijuana in the form of both social attitudes and legislation. Back in 2013, the state of Illinois signed into law an act that made the use of medical marijuana to treat certain medical conditions legal.

While this represents a step forward in this regard, the effects of marijuana on the body with respect to driving still exist. Therefore, it is not unusual for people to be pulled over under the suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. It is understandably important to understand your rights should this situation ever affect you.

When an accidental DUI crash turns fatal

Say that you are out having a drink with friends. You are being responsible and you feel sober enough to drive home safely. You sit behind the driver's seat and turn on the radio as you begin to back your car out of its parking space. You are driving along, only five miles over the speed limit, when suddenly your car and another vehicle collide. In the aftermath of the surprisingly devastating accident, you learn two things: Your blood alcohol level was just over the legal limit and the driver of the other vehicle has not survived the crash.

This absolute nightmare could reasonably happen to just about anyone. Alcohol metabolizes differently depending on a number of circumstances, so many drivers unintentionally drive while legally drunk because they feel fully sober. Whether or not an unintentionally drunk driver has contributed to a fatal auto accident, his or her blood alcohol content will almost certainly make the aftermath even more devastating than it already would be.

When DUI mugshots get leaked

Criminal law in the United States was founded upon the idea that someone who is accused of criminal wrongdoing is to be perceived as innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, that principle is not always honored in practice.

One of the newer challenges plaguing this vitally important concept is the online leak of unsubstantiated information and/or information devoid of context. When the public accesses this erroneous and/or incomplete information, many individuals are prone to jump to conclusions about a person's guilt. This can harm a potentially innocent person in a variety of ways.