11-501(a)(5)

Illinois Felony DUI

All DUIs are charged under the same statute, 625 ILCS 5/11-501. Regardless of whether it is a misdemeanor or felony, a person’s guilt or innocence is determined by the same sections 11-501(a)(1)-(6). For instance, a person is guilty of driving under the influence if he operate a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 […]

Penalties for a first DUI in Illinois in 2012

by Lewis Gainor on January 16, 2012

Illinois DUI Laws 2012

We return in 2012 for an update on the law against driving under the influence in the state of Illinois. While crimes such as domestic battery, theft, and murder have not changed in decades, the laws on DUI are changing every year. The statute that prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs remains […]

Post image for New medicinal marijuana bill in Illinois would change DUI laws

The Illinois legislature is debating a bill that would legalize cannabis in medicinal use. House of Representatives is considering HB 30 in the present legislative session. The bill is sponsored by Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie. The bill would establish the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. Any person with a debilitating medical […]

How prosecutors prove DUI in Illinois courts

by Lewis Gainor on November 21, 2010

Proof of Intoxication | Breathalyzer Machine | Illinois DUI Trial

Driving under the influence is a criminal offense in Illinois. It is subject to the same rules of criminal procedure and evidence as any other charge, including first degree murder. The defendant is protected by the United States Constitution, which provides the right to a jury of 12 people and the right to confront one’s […]

DUI Based on Drugs | Illinois Law | Cannabis | Cocaine | Prescribed Meds

In Illinois, the offense of driving under the influence can be based on alcohol, drugs, or even prescribed medication. Some refer to this as drugged driving, as opposed to drunk driving. This offense of DUI is prosecuted under the same statute as a DUI offense where the driver was intoxicated on alcohol, 625 ILCS 5/11-501. […]