The consequences of drunk driving costs lives. Illinois takes DUI incidents seriously. If you get behind the wheel drunk or under the influence of drugs and are pulled over by law enforcement, you will be charged with a hefty fine or face a jail sentence. You can face these consequences if:
- Your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 or higher.
- You have a THC concentration of 5 nanograms or more per mm of blood.
- You have a THC concentration of 10 nanograms or more per mm of any other bodily substance.
- You impaired cognition because of a medication or a controlled substance.
The best way to avoid an accident or a DUI charge is to ensure you are not impaired by consumption of alcohol or drugs. However, if you are convicted, your license may be suspended and the duration will depend on the number of convictions you have:
First Offense – One (1) year or two (2) years if the driver is under 21 years of age.
Second Offense – Five (5) years.
Third Offense – 10 years.
If you have been convicted of a DUI for the first time, you can apply for a restrictive driving permit (RDP). This will come in handy if you need a mode of transportation to get to work, school, the hospital, and other important needs. However, in order to qualify for the temporary permit, you need to prove you need it to overcome a hardship and that you are not a danger to public safety.
If you have been convicted of a DUI for the second time, you need to have held the RDP for five (5) uninterrupted years. During this time, your car or vehicle should also have an ignition interlock device installed.
As a DUI offender, you need to complete a drug and alcohol evaluation and undergo treatment if it determines you abuse substances or alcohol. You will be responsible for paying for those treatments yourself. Additionally, you will also have to attend a victim impact panel (VIP) and pay a fee to attend the panel. The panel is basically made up of speakers that discuss the consequences of DUI related accidents – which are usually devastating.
If you are the victim of a DUI accident, get in touch with the attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens today. Bob Edens is one of the best lawyers you can get in Chicago, Waukegan, Libertyville, Woodstock and Antioch, IL. We are just a phone call away. Call us anytime for a consultation.