No matter which state you are in, drunk driving, or driving under the influence, is frowned upon. Not only does it put your life at risk, it can also put at risk those who are on the road with you. That being the case, it comes as no surprise that most lawyers have one advice for drivers – do not drink and drive.
The State of Illinois
Illinois is considered to be one of the states that have a unique and strict way of dealing with driving under the influence of either alcohol or prohibited drugs, which is why many consider the services of DUI attorneys. For one, there is no need for you to be convicted of a traffic violation before your license can be revoked. For as long as you have a BAC of 0.08% and you refused to submit to a blood alcohol test, your license can be suspended for a year immediately. The number of years can increase the second time you refuse.
Although the allowable BAC is less than 0.08%, there is still a possibility of you getting cited for drunk driving if the officer can see that you are visibly drunk and impaired. No need to fret, however, as this does not result in a visit to the state penitentiary. At most, you would just have your license suspended for a few days.
Getting caught driving under the influence in Illinois is considered by a number of DUI attorneys as a costly mistake. Fines alone can put a strain on your finances. This does not yet include the amount you would have to fork over in order to get your license reinstated. The reinstatement fee can set you back by a few hundreds of dollars. You also have to spend for the filing fee.