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style=When you get your driver’s license in Illinois, you are agreeing to a number of things, such as carrying insurance when you drive, obeying all traffic laws and driving in a safe manner. What some Illinois drivers may not know is that when they obtain a driver’s license, they are also giving their implied consent to be subject to a chemical test, such as a test of the blood, breath, urine or other bodily substance, which is used to determine whether or not the driver is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. When drivers are arrested for DUI and refuse to submit to these tests, they are subject to a statutory summary suspension of their driving privileges.

What Is a Statutory Summary Suspension?

In Illinois, when a driver is arrested for DUI and refuses to submit to chemical testing or fails a chemical test, he or she will automatically have their driving privileges suspended. Failing a test means that their blood-alcohol content (BAC) measured at a .08 or over or the THC content was either 5 or more nanograms per milliliter of blood or 10 nanograms or more per milliliter of another bodily substance. A statutory suspension is not a punishment for a DUI conviction--consequences for a conviction would be added to the suspension. Even if you challenge the arrest in court, the suspension is still in effect.

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Chicago DUI defense attorneyWhen you are pulled over for the suspicion of driving under the influence, you have the right to refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test if you wish to do so. There are, however, consequences to this option, just as there are consequences to submitting to the test if you have in fact been consuming alcohol. If you are conflicted as to whether to submit or not, it is helpful to familiarize yourself the penalties associated with both options before you make your decision.

Standard DUI Penalties in the State of Illinois

For starters, if you decide to submit to a breathalyzer test and are found to be over the legal limit, your driving privileges will be automatically suspended for six months for your first offense. The suspension doubles to one year for a second or subsequent test failure. The suspension applies regardless of whether prosecutors push for a conviction on DUI charges. If you are convicted of DUI, you are looking at a combination of the following:

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dui checkpoints illinois, chicago dui defense lawyerIf you are pulled over at any time, for any reason, it is never a fun experience. This is especially true when you are being directed to the side of the road for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). Whether you have in fact been drinking and driving or find yourself falsely accused, the moment you are confronted with the possibility of DUI charges, it is important to understand your rights. This begins with understanding when an officer has the right to pull you over in the first place.

In general, any of the following circumstances allow a police officer the right to direct you to the side of the road:

Highway Checkpoints - Whenever you encounter a checkpoint, you are always required to pull over and comply with an officer's requests. Checkpoints are typically planned ahead of time and are expected to have a strategy in place. For example, police will pull over every car or every other car. The primary purpose of checkpoints is to identify drivers who are operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as they are often utilized as a tool in drunk driving deterrence.

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