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What penalties could you face if convicted of drunk driving?

Like every other state in the union, Illinois takes it seriously when people get behind the wheel of their vehicles after consuming alcohol. Alcohol-related accidents kill and seriously injure far too many people each year. The penalties associated with a drunk driving conviction can be harsh and often have ramifications on an individual's life well beyond any sentencing imposed by a criminal court.

For instance, an individual could lose full driving privileges for at least a year, spend up to a year in jail and pay fines up to $2,500 if convicted of a first offense. A second offense within 20 years of the first could mean losing full driving privileges for up to five years, a minimum of 240 hours of community service along with jail time of at least five days, but not more than one year. Fines could also be imposed of up to $2,500.

When will the Secretary of State revoke someone’s license?

It’s easy to take our ability to drive for granted. It’s only when losing our driving privileges that we’re able to fully realize how difficult it can be if your driver’s license is suspended or revoked.

It’s important to remember that not all losses of driving privileges are equal. In Illinois, you can either have your license suspended or revoked. Having your license revoked is more severe than having your license suspended.

Get the facts about driver's license reinstatement

Your license was suspended for some reason, and everyone offers you unsolicited advice about getting it back. Your friends, family and co-workers may mean well, but the information you receive from them may not be accurate. What you need are some facts about the driver's license reinstatement process here in Illinois.

Some of the biggest myths regarding this process involve whether you need an attorney. You may have heard that you are not allowed representation at a formal hearing. You may have heard that an attorney is not useful in an informal hearing. In reality, you may be represented at a formal hearing, and you will likely benefit significantly from the preparation your legal advocate can provide before an informal hearing.

1 facing drug charges after search in parking lot of local store

Facing allegations for a repeated drug offense can be a stressful and daunting process. Penalties for successive convictions increase in severity, and for someone with a previous record, suspicions of criminal activity could be heightened. An Illinois man was recently taken into custody and is facing drug charges after police allegedly found him in possession of heroin in the parking lot of a local store.

Local police assert that a call was placed notifying them of a man who was apparently asleep behind the wheel of a running car at a nearby store. Upon arriving at the scene, they claim that the subject was standing next to the vehicle and appeared to be impaired. When questioned by authorities, the man allegedly advised police to search him, which they claim revealed three bags of heroin that were hidden in his hat.

Former Illinois basketball star recently accused of drug charges

Drug-related charges can lead to severe penalties for an accused individual if a conviction is obtained. Those who are found in possession of large quantities of illegal drugs often face potentially devastating consequences, such as lengthy prison terms and a permanent mark on their criminal records. A former basketball standout in Illinois is reportedly facing drug charges after the recent search of his vehicle during a traffic stop.

According to reports, the man was involved in a traffic stop at around 1:30 p.m. on a recent Saturday. During this time, a K-9 unit performed an open air search, and authorities claim the unit indicated that there were illegal drugs within the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly unearthed over 70 grams of heroin, along with xanax pills and over 8 grams of cannabis.

Illinois man accused of drunk driving after alleged pursuit

The early hours of the morning are often a common time frame for a driver who is exhibiting erratic behavior to fall under suspicion of driving under the influence. When someone chooses to evade a traffic stop during this period, his or her actions could be viewed as a sign or admission of guilt. An Illinois man is facing drunk driving charges after an alleged incident involving several traffic offenses.

Police claim to have come upon a driver who was operating his vehicle without the use of headlights at around 1:30 a.m. Upon attempting to initiate a traffic stop, they assert that he began to flee, allegedly running through several stop signs in the process. After a short period, they say he attempted to make a turn while traveling far too fast and hit a traffic sign and a tree, and then he allegedly continued on until he eventually hit a police car.

How Tough Are Illinois Drunk-Driving Laws?

How tough do you think Illinois drunk-driving laws are, compared to the other 49 states? A Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) report says Illinois has some of the toughest drunk-driving laws in the country.

MADD has developed a five-star rating system that evaluates each state's drunk-driving laws, based on an evaluation of five categories. MADD's ratings were published in MADD's annual Report To The Nation

1 facing multiple drug charges following alleged police chase

Attempting to evade authorities is never advisable. Fleeing on foot or in a vehicle can put the health and safety of everyone nearby at risk, and could even lead to further suspicion of criminal activity. A man was recently arrested and is now facing multiple drug charges after he was taken to a hospital following an alleged police chase in Illinois.

Police claim that a warrant was issued for the arrest of the man. Upon approaching him, they say he jumped into a nearby car and began to flee. According to reports, he wrecked the car after traveling a short distance, and continued on foot. They assert that after catching up to the man, he appeared to be in need of medical attention and allegedly advised them that he had swallowed narcotics.

Officer pulled over for speeding now faces drunk driving charges

Criminal allegations alone can have an impact on a person's personal and professional life, and a conviction is much more severe. For those who work within law enforcement, the result of a similar situation can be devastating. An officer in Illinois has been placed on desk duty while awaiting an internal investigation after he was recently arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

Another officer claims to have caught the man travelling more than 35 miles per hour over the speed limit in the early hours of the morning. The officer alleges that after he attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the man turned onto an exit ramp and lost control due to speed. The officer also asserts that the man appeared impaired and was emanating a strong odor of alcohol, and there was an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

Falling alseep at the wheel could lead to drunk driving charges

Many individuals worry about falling asleep at the wheel out on the road. Although potentially dangerous while driving, some may simply doze off while their car isn't moving. If involved in a traffic stop during this time, a person could face criminal accusations shortly after. Unfortunately for one man in Illinois who was allegedly found under similar circumstances, he is now accused of drunk driving, along with other serious criminal charges.

Police claim to have located a vehicle in the early hours of the morning that was stopped in a lane of traffic near an intersection. Upon approaching the vehicle, they assert that the driver was asleep. After waking the man, field sobriety tests were initiated, and he was subsequently arrested for DUI. During this time, police allegedly found almost 500 grams of marijuana inside the vehicle.

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