NOTE: This page includes new and updated material to cover Illinois legal changes after Public Acts 100-513 and 101-27 became state law in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Since that time, Illinois law includes new standards for DUI testing of breath or blood for the presence of alcohol or marijuana. DUI Blood & Urine Test Regulations […]

NOTE: This article features new content to account for Illinois legal changes once Public Act 101-363 became state law. Since August 9, 2019, this Act amended various aspects of the state DUI statutes as recreational use marijuana became legal in Illinois. In Illinois, the offense of driving under the influence (DUI) can be based on […]

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First Time DUI in Illinois

by Sami Azhari on March 9, 2020

NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect the law as of 2020. The penalties listed pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/11-501 include all the newest penalties for driving with THC (Cannabis/marijuana) in your system. You are heading home from having a couple drinks with friends . . . and you see flashing lights behind you. […]

Consequences of DUI on a commercial driver’s license

by Sami Azhari on February 21, 2020

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NOTE: This article was originally published October 2010, but has been updated to reflect the current state of the law as of 2020. A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is subject to strict rules that do not apply to an ordinary driver’s license. For example, a person with an ordinary driver’s license will have his license […]

A summary of Illinois penalties for a second DUI

by Sami Azhari on February 19, 2020

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NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect the law as of 2020. The penalties listed are the most recent penalties pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/11-501. The penalties for an arrest for driving under the influence in Illinois were increased in 2011 and those penalties exist today. A second offense of DUI is still a […]

Illinois statutory summary suspension law: the basics

by Sami Azhari on January 21, 2020

Note: This article was updated to reflect 2020 changes in Illinois law regarding statutory summary suspensions and driving under the influence of alcohol. The changes are effective as of January 1, 2020. A statutory summary suspension is an administrative action taken by the Secretary of State on a person’s Illinois driving privileges. If, during an […]

Attention: This article was originally published April 01, 2014. The information has since been reviewed for accuracy and is up-to-date as of December 2019. Drive too fast and you might go to jail. No, seriously. And if you have been pulled over for speeding by a State Trooper, you may have been told the same […]

Attention: This article was originally published February 25, 2013. The information has since been reviewed for accuracy and is up-to-date as of December 2019. 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 […]

If the defendant is found guilty of driving under the influence, the court will proceed to sentencing. It is during the sentencing stage of a case that a person risks having his driver’s license revoked, and being incarcerated in jail. As of 2019, the law in Illinois allows the judge to sentence the defendant to […]

Illinois traffic laws are designed to minimize offenses and protect the general public. In the interest of safety, Illinois employs a severe series of penalties for drivers with repeated traffic offenses. In certain cases, multiple traffic tickets can lead to suspension or even revocation of driving privileges. Every time a person receives a ticket for a […]