News 2016 DUI Laws

First Time DUI in Illinois

by Sami Azhari on February 25, 2016

You are heading home from having a couple drinks with friends . . . and you see flashing lights behind you. You have been drinking and driving, and for the first time in your life, you are about to get caught. Many of us know someone that has been arrested for drunk driving, but few […]

Medical marijuana and Illinois DUI: how the laws interact

Medical Marijuana

by Sami Azhari on November 23, 2014

It has long been Illinois policy that any amount of cannabis in the blood or urine of a driver can be the basis for a DUI charge. As of January 2014, Illinois updated the DUI laws in response to its new medical marijuana law. Under the new law, a qualifying patient under the Medical Cannabis Pilot […]

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, […]

New DUI Funding Law

Governor Pat Quinn was in Tinley Park on August 22, 2012 for a bill-signing ceremony hosted by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP). He signed legislation from the General Assembly that directs funds received from DUI convictions to local law enforcement agencies for alcohol-related crime prevention and enforcement. The bill Gov. Quinn signed […]

DUI Changes 2012

Few changes to Illinois DUI laws in the year 2012

by Sami Azhari on March 16, 2012

The Illinois Secretary of State recently published its annual DUI Fact Book. The DUI Fact Book for 2012 is available for download here. Most of the information provided by the Secretary of State remains unchanged. The reason is rather few laws were passed during the last legislative session that will go into effect in the […]

State lawmakers changed the Illinois Vehicle Code for 2012 to regulate how municipalities tow vehicles after an arrest for driving under the influence. The police practice of towing a vehicle after a DUI arrest has been generally unregulated by state law until now. In the past, each city had its own procedures for towing, the […]

Activist group pays cash to people reporting DUI

by Sami Azhari on December 23, 2011

AAIM | Illinois Drunk Busters

Call the cops on a drunk driver, win $100. This is the Drunk Busters program in Illinois sponsored by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM). Drunk Busters started in Illinois in 1990 and has spread nationwide. AAIM promises to pay $100 to anyone who calls 911 to report an intoxicated driver and later the call […]

Choosing an Attorney

Every person who is arrested for driving under the influence goes through the same process of evaluating what happened, and then deciding how to respond. On the day following the arrest, the first priority is usually getting the vehicle out of impound. After that comes the unpleasant experience of explaining the situation to a spouse, […]

Vehicle Tow | Lose Car to Police Illinois

The state legislature has added a new provision to the forfeiture statute in Illinois for 2011. This new law provides prosecutors another way to penalize intoxicated drivers. The law in Illinois allows the police to tow the vehicle of any person who was arrested for driving under the influence. Most municipalities impose a $500 administrative […]