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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]