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IL defense lawyerGrowing into a teenager has become a major rite of passage in today’s society. By the time a teenager is 18 years old, he or she will likely have had some experience in driving a car. Unfortunately, there are far too many situations where teenagers have had too much to drink and drive. Because of underage drinking and driving, there have been too many serious injuries and deaths that have occurred.

Who Is Drinking and Driving While Under Age?

Since the early 1990’s, the number of underage drinking and driving incidents has decreased by 54 percent. However, one out of every 10 teenagers in high school will still drink and drive. Due to the lack of experience that the teenage driver has, he or she is 17 times more likely to be killed in a car accident when the blood alcohol content (BAC) is over 0.08 percent than if he or she was not drinking at all.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_251600833.jpgFar too often, a relaxing evening out with family and friends has resulted in a night behind bars, all because of the preventable act of driving under the influence. If you have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, the charges may bring unwanted consequences that could cost you your overall quality of life, such as future employment opportunities, driving privileges, and even your car.

What is Blood Alcohol Content?

Blood alcohol content (BAC) is defined as the ratio of alcohol levels to breath or blood. The legal BAC level is 0.08; however, a driver can be convicted of driving under the influence for a percentage as low as 0.05 if he or she shows evidence of impaired driving.

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Addison IL DUI defense attorneyBeing arrested on a DUI charge can be a frightening experience. In fact, about the only thing worse than knowing you are about to experience the consequences of a DUI is when you learn that the charge has been elevated to a felony. When and why does this happen, and what rights might you have in such a situation? The following information explains.

First Offense DUIs and Felony Charges

While, in most situations, a first offense DUI is charged as a misdemeanor in Illinois, there are few reasons why the charge might be elevated to a felony. Accidents involving the death or serious injury of another person are one of the most common scenarios. There are others, however, including:

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Addison IL DUI defense attorneyInitially, the consequences of a first-offense DUI might not seem all that frightening. After all, you have a clean driving record. What you may not know, though, is that Illinois is one of the toughest states on drunk driving. In fact, even a first offense can result in serious and lasting consequences. Learn about these consequences, and how an attorney can help mitigate against them, with help from the following information.

Suspension of a License

Upon conviction of the first DUI, the license of a driver is typically suspended for at least a year, provided they submitted a chemical test. If the driver refused a chemical test, driving privileges are suspended for at least a year. Some may be able to seek relief from this consequence through a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) on the 31st day after their conviction.

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¿Qué es el Procedimiento? Una vez que ha estado cargado con un DUI, va a recibir una fecha del tribunal para su primera apariencia de tribunal.  También, recibirá una noticia por correo que su licencia de manejar está suspendida por la Secretaria del Estado, generalmente empezando 4 a 6 días después de su arresto.

En la primera fecha del tribunal, se aconseja que traiga un abogado con mucha experiencia.  El abogado archivará su apariencia, que le da noticias al tribunal que este abogado es su representante oficial.  El abogado pedirá descubrimiento, que es la evidencia en contra de Usted.    

Si consigue a un abogado rápidamente, este abogado archivará una petición en contra de la suspensión de su licencia de manejar.  Incluso si el abogado no gane esta petición, es posible que maneje legalmente con la instalación de la machina “Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device”, que se llama “BAIID”, en su coche.

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