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Illinois criminal defense lawyerDriving is a privilege, not a right, and certain actions can cause you to lose that privilege. In some instances, the loss may be temporary (license suspension). In others, it may be revoked or cancelled. Learn what these actions are, and how you can fight against a suspension or revocation of your Illinois driver’s license.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs, or certain prescription drugs can result in criminal charges. It can also result in a suspension of your driving privileges for a term of one year or longer, depending on your number of convictions. For drivers under the age of 21, any level of alcohol or drugs in the system can result in suspension. Adults can lose their driving privileges for driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.8 or higher, or for having drugs in their system.

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The Illinois Liquor Control Commission has used the high school football season as a launch site for a program targeting underage drinking. The program includes educational materials for Your Actions Matter, recognizing that fall sports events are a popular place for teens to be introduced to alcohol. Drinking underage or providing alcohol to minors can have serious consequences for your future, and if you’re been charged with either of these, you need the assistance of an underage drinking criminal attorney.

The program includes cooperation from school districts, law enforcement, parents, local elected officials, and other relevant community leaders to come together and raise awareness about adults who think it’s acceptable to provide alcohol to minors. Illinois law classifies this activity as a Class A misdemeanor with a minimum $500 fine and possible jail time.

The campaign is using posters, signs, window decals, and necktags to make the statement that preventing underage drinking is everyone's responsibility. Those individuals under the age of 21 who purchase alcohol for themselves or others face legal punishments in the form of revoked driving privileges. Examples include 3-month suspension of driving privileges for court supervision, 6 months for a first conviction, 1 year for a second conviction, and a revoked license for any additional convictions.

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