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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 […]

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 […]

Chicago DUI Arrest | Second Offense | Prior DUI Illinois

The penalties for an arrest for driving under the influence in Illinois were increased in 2011. A second offense of DUI is still a misdemeanor, but the penalties are far more severe than any other misdemeanor. The law provides that a second offense of DUI is a Class A misdemeanor. The law in Illinois provides […]

A second arrest for driving under the influence carries additional penalties for a person’s driving privileges. First, the statutory summary suspension will take effect 46 days after the date of arrest. If the person has either a DUI or summary suspension in the last 5 years, then that person is not a ‘first offender’ for […]

During a period of statutory summary suspension, some defendants may qualify for a driving permit. The permit is called a Monitoring Device Driving Permit. The permit is referred to as an MDDP by attorneys and the courts. The statute is 625 ILCS 5/6-206.1 of the vehicle code. The MDDP is a permit allowing the defendant […]

SSS | Illinois Statutory Summary Suspension

Illinois statutory summary suspension law: the basics

by Sami Azhari on October 18, 2010

A statutory summary suspension is an administrative action taken by the Secretary of State on a person’s Illinois driving privileges. If, during an arrest for driving under the influence, the person fails chemical testing or refuses to submit to chemical testing, his license will be subject to a statutory summary suspension. The summary suspension is […]

Every arrest for driving under the influence has two consequences: first, the suspension of driving privileges, and second, the criminal offense of DUI. The driver’s license suspension operates on a time table, whereas the criminal offense does not. A person who is arrested for DUI will have his driving privileges suspended pursuant to a statutory […]