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DUI/DWI Archives

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What Illinois' new DUI law means for first-time offenders

In the past, anyone who was arrested for DUI in the state of Illinois faced at least a 30-day license suspension, which began after 45 days had passed following a DUI arrest.