First Offense

The nation’s highest court gave police broad powers to stop vehicles based on anonymous tips in a recent opinion. In the Navarette v. California case, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the police can pull over a vehicle based on an anonymous tip that the driver is intoxicated without observing any traffic violations themselves, […]

Article 36 Forfeiture Illinois

For years, DUI offenders have had to worry about their driver’s licenses and the possibility of incarceration. But recently, prosecutors have given defendants another cause for concern. The government can seize a DUI offender’s vehicle, and after a process called civil forfeiture, sell the vehicle at auction and keep the proceeds. The process takes place […]

Illinois DUI Statistics

Statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have alarmed anti-drunk driving advocates: more women are getting arrested for DUI than ever before. In 2011, the most recent year nationwide statistics are available from the FBI, women accounted for 25 percent of all DUI arrests. Many are concerned because the percentage of arrests was as low […]

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 first DUI offense in Illinois

by Sami Azhari on February 4, 2013

DUI Laws and Penalties for 2013

In the year 2014, driving under the influence remains one of the most highly politicized offenses in Illinois courts. There is no offense that will get a prosecutor fired quicker for giving a good deal than DUI. In these cases, Assistant State’s Attorneys are always wary of how it will look after they give the […]

A guide to Illinois DUI arrest records

by Sami Azhari on March 3, 2012

Illinois State Police Criminal History DUI

An arrest for driving under the influence in Illinois is recorded, in most respects, for all time. This is a distressing fact for someone who has never been arrested before. One bad decision can make for a lifetime of regret. But it does not have to be that way. The record of a DUI arrest […]

Explaining the Illinois DUI evaluation process

by Sami Azhari on January 22, 2012

DUI Evaluation

Driving under the influence is the only offense in Illinois that requires the offender to undergo an evaluation before sentencing. The evaluation is mandated by statute. There is one exception to this rule, and it shows how seriously the law treats a DUI. The only other case in which the defendant is required to have […]

Penalties for a first DUI in Illinois in 2012

by Sami Azhari 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 […]

625 ILCS 5/11-501(a)(2) DUI | Penalties | Illinois Law

Examine the numbers of arrests for driving under the influence in Illinois, and you can see that on average, the driver takes a breathalyzer test. When the driver takes a breathalyzer test, and fails, he is charged with violating 625 ILCS 5/11-501(a)(1) for having an alcohol concentration is breath of 0.08 or higher. Despite the […]

Legal Limit | Illinois DUI Ticket 11-501(a)(1) | Per Se

A charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in Illinois generally takes two forms. One, the driver is charged with violating section 625 ILCS 5/11-501(a)(1). Two, the driver is accused of violating section 11-501(a)(2). Each charge has its own implications. In this article, we are going to look at charge of 11-501(a)(1). This type […]