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Worried about losing your license for a first-time DUI? Here's what you should know.

If you are facing a DUI, one of your primary concerns is whether you will lose your license. You depend on your license to get around, make money, and see friends and family. Losing your license can affect not just you, but your finances and your family.

Your concern is valid. Under Illinois law of Implied Consent, if law enforcement stops you and your blood alcohol content (BAC) tests above the legal limit of .08 percent, or if you refuse to take a BAC test, you will receive an administrative license suspension, also called statutory summary suspension. This administrative suspension is different than a revocation. How? The administrative suspension is based entirely on whether you comply with and pass or fail a chemical sobriety test. In other words, you could face an administrative license suspension even if you are ultimately not convicted of DUI. A DUI conviction mandates a revocation (an indefinite suspension) for a minimum of one year. 

What’s next after a DUI driver’s license suspension

If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Illinois, you may be surprised to find out that the state can suspend your driver’s license before you are convicted of anything.

This does not mean you do not have options to get back on the road.

How a DUI charge can ruin a college student’s future

Young adults going to college are entering a stressful and exhilarating portion of their lives. While they face a lot of anxiety keeping up with their difficult classes and planning for their future, they also have a lot more freedom than before. Many look forward to the college traditions associated with alcohol once they turn 21 in their university to have some fun before they go and get jobs after graduation.

Unfortunately, all of those future plans can come to a grinding halt with one simple DUI charge. If you are a college student, there are several consequences a DUI can bring on your life during and after college. It is critical to be aware of these ramifications so you can be cautious with your future actions.

For Commercial Drivers, Traffic Tickets Can Be A Job Killer

For most drivers, a traffic ticket is a costly inconvenience. For professional driver, a ticket can be much worse. It can be a job killer.

Truck drivers and other people who need to drive for their job need to be especially careful when they are on the road, whether they are driving their commercial vehicle or the family car. If you get too many points, your CDL may be suspended or revoked. Before that happens, you may lose your job because your employer's insurance company will no longer cover you.

Some traffic tickets more serious than others

While all traffic offenses are serious and can result in higher insurance rates and other issues, some are misdemeanors that can result in jail time.

Illinois traffic courts handle misdemeanor traffic offenses differently from violations that are punishable by fine only. You will be required to appear in court if the ticket is a misdemeanor. Here are examples of the most common misdemeanor traffic tickets in Illinois:

When a traffic ticket is more than a ticket

Some traffic tickets can affect much more than just your insurance rates. One example is reckless driving, which is a Class A criminal misdemeanor in Illinois (the legal equivalent of a DUI and speeding more than 35 mph over the posted limit).

A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that would result in a permanent criminal record if you are convicted.  It could affect your employment and areas of your life.

What happens if you don’t pay a traffic ticket?

If you ignore a traffic ticket will it go away?

Unfortunately not. Sooner or later, traffic tickets come home to roost – even if you live in another state or city from where you were ticketed.  The consequences of not paying a ticket can range from an additional fine, to suspension of your driver’s license, to a warrant for your arrest.

Why you should avoid a first DUI conviction

Penalties for a first DUI conviction in the state of Illinois are harsh. But second convictions? They’re even harsher. This is one of the reasons why you should avoid a first conviction.

While you may assume that you’ll never get a second conviction after experiencing a DUI arrest, it’s important to remember that you’ll be treading on very thin ice.  Nobody plans to be arrested a second time, but it can happen. And the penalties for a second DUI are so harsh in Illinois, you won’t be able to drive for five years if convicted.

Talking To Teens About Underage DUI

As parents, you may find that you need to have uncomfortable conversations with your teenagers as they grow up and prepare for adulthood. One of those conversations should be about the consequences of drinking and driving.

Illinois is a zero tolerance state when it comes to underage drinking and driving.  Zero tolerance means that if your child is operating a vehicle and under the age of 21, any detectable amount of alcohol in your system can result in a suspension of driving privileges and potentially even an arrest for DUI, because, a single drink will put your child over the ‘zero tolerance’ limit.

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.