Article 36 Seizure

State lawmakers in Springfield made a significant change to the Illinois Vehicle Code in 2013. The change is important because it could impact a person who was charged with driving under the influence. The law in our state allows law enforcement officers to seize property that was used in the commission of a criminal offense. […]

Illinois Drowsy Driving | Sleepy Driver Laws

Driving under the influence is a crime that has generally remained the same over the years. The elements are basically that the defendant was: 1) driving and 2) under the influence. While the elements of the offense remain unchanged, the penalties for DUI change every year. And they change in only one direction, they are […]

DUI Arrests August-September 2012

State and local law enforcement agencies are increasing the number of DUI checkpoints Labor Day weekend. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police and nearly 350 local law enforcement agencies today are gearing up to increase patrol activities for Labor Day weekend in order to make Illinois roadways safer for the heavily […]

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 […]

July 4, 2012 DUI Arrests Illinois

The Illinois State Police and local police departments across the state begin a statewide crackdown on drunk driving on the July 4th holiday. The crackdown takes place every year under the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket programs. The mechanism for increased DUI enforcement is the roadblock. Police officers may […]

2011 DUI Statistics

Illinois DUI arrest statistics for 2011

by Sami Azhari on June 28, 2012

The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) has released the results of its 2011 survey of police departments across the state concerning DUI. The non-profit advocacy group takes a survey each year of all police departments and uses the information to compile statistics about arrests by each department, county, etc. The police departments’ participation in the […]

Illinois DUI Statistics | Number of Arrests

The Illinois Secretary of State releases a publication every year that provides statistics about arrests for driving under the influence. The annual DUI Fact Book says that the number of arrests for drunk driving each year in our state is just under 50,000. To be clear, this is the number of arrests, and so it […]

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 […]

Lewis Gainor Report | Interview

The Associated Press interviewed me recently on new legislation in Springfield that would change parts of the vehicle code. Read the AP story from March 10, 2012. There is an important lesson about DUI laws in the article. Representative Jerry Costello, D-Smithton, introduced House Bill 5099 to make it illegal to use a cell phone […]

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 […]