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b2ap3_thumbnail_dupage-county-dui-defense-lawyer.jpgDriving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is penalized by criminal and administrative consequences in Illinois. If you are convicted of DUI, your driver’s license will be revoked and you will not be allowed to drive for the duration of the revocation period. You will also face steep fines and, in some cases, even imprisonment.

However, individuals accused of drunk driving have Constitutional rights, including the right to defend themselves against the charges. One potential defense strategy is to question the validity of blood alcohol test results.

Blood Testing to Determine Blood Alcohol Content

In Illinois, blood testing is frequently used to assess a driver’s intoxication level. Blood testing is not infallible, however. Many different issues can cause blood test results to be inaccurate.

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IL defense lawyerThe legal drinking age is 21 in all 50 U.S. states. However, this does not mean that every person waits until they are 21 years old to drink alcohol. Teens and young adults may experiment with alcohol before it is legal. In some cases, the decision to drink leads to significant consequences, including criminal charges.

Possession of Alcohol by a Minor

Many young people find ways to access alcohol even though they are not old enough to buy it legally. They may get an older sibling or friend to purchase the alcohol for them or use a fake ID to buy alcohol from the store. Underage possession of alcohol is a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, the offender faces driver's license suspension for a minimum of six years, fines, and even jail time.

Illinois Zero Tolerance Policy

The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in Illinois is 0.08 percent. However, Illinois has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking. Individuals under the age of 21 are not allowed to drive with any amount of alcohol in their system. Having even just a single drink and then driving can lead to repercussions under Illinois's zero-tolerance laws.

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IL defense lawyerSex crimes are considered by most people to be some of the most egregious crimes a person can commit. This makes being falsely accused of a sex crime even more devastating to the accused person. If you were charged with sexual assault, you may be facing severe criminal and personal consequences.

In Illinois, sexual assault is a Class 1 felony offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison. If certain aggravating factors are present, such as the possession of a firearm during the alleged attack, the offense is elevated to a Class X felony. Aggravated sexual assault is punishable by a maximum of 30 years behind bars.

Fortunately, criminal defendants have certain rights afforded to them by state and federal law. The first step in defending yourself against false allegations is to understand and invoke these rights.

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IL defense lawyerThe last thing most drivers want to see in their rear-view mirror is flashing blue and red lights. Some drivers may even start to panic when they see the police are pulling them over. In a moment of fear or anxiety, the driver may speed off in an attempt to outrun the police. Alternatively, drivers who are not paying attention to their surroundings may not even realize police are attempting to pull them over for a traffic stop. Whatever the reasons, failing to pull over and stop the vehicle for police can lead to criminal charges for fleeing or attempting to elude police.

Fleeing and Eluding Police Officers in Illinois is a Criminal Offense

Illinois law requires individuals to comply with police directions. Police may use the vehicle's sirens, spoken directions, or other means to signal a driver to pull over. If the driver does not pull over, he or she may be charged with fleeing and eluding a police officer. Usually, fleeing and eluding is considered a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine up to $2,500. If you are convicted of misdemeanor fleeing and eluding, you also face a six-month license suspension. It is illegal to drive any vehicle if your license is suspended and doing so can result in additional criminal charges.

Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding Police is a Felony

Fleeing and eluding police may be considered a felony offense if certain aggravating circumstances are present. You may face felony charges for failing to stop for police if one of the following is true:

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IL defense lawyerIn Illinois, alleged victims of domestic violence, threats, abuse, or harassment may get an order of protection against the supposed abuser. If you recently found out that someone got an order of protection against you, you may be surprised and confused. You may not know what to do next. You may also be concerned about what will happen if you violate the terms of the protection order (either voluntarily or involuntarily). In a situation like this, it is highly recommended that you speak to a criminal defense attorney for help. Your lawyer can explain exactly what you are up against and what the next steps are.

Assert Your Right to Remain Silent

The first thing you need to know if you were accused of domestic violence or subjected to a protection order is that you have rights. Criminal defendants have the right to remain silent and avoid incriminating themselves. It is important that you take advantage of this right. If police try to interrogate you, you have the right to say nothing.

Understand the Terms of the Protection Order

Protection orders can be customized based on the situation. It is important that you understand and comply with the terms of the protection order. It can be extremely frustrating to be subject to a protection order – especially if the person who got the order against you is lying. However, violating a protection order is a criminal offense punishable by significant penalties, including jail time.

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