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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_404002519.jpgFar too often, a fun and relaxing evening spent with family and friends can end up being a night spent behind bars, due to drinking and driving. Being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is serious. You may lose potential employment opportunities, the ability to drive, and even your vehicle, in more serious cases. In the state of Illinois, anyone who is accused of a DUI must go through a drug or alcohol evaluation before sentencing for the offense.

Why Does the Offender Have to Be Evaluated?

The evaluation was made to determine the offender’s alcohol and drug use and the risk to public safety. The offender’s driving record, chemical test results, test score and category, and an interview with an evaluator will be reviewed during this process. 

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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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