Posts Tagged DUI
In this post, I offer one lawyer’s perspective on field sobriety tests. I can’t tell you how to beat field sobriety tests. But I hope to help you better understand field sobriety testing so you can make an educated decision should you be asked to perform any of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.
How long until I can drive again?
This is a common question from our firm’s first offender DUI clients. The hard truth is that your driver’s license will remain suspended for several months. But this dark cloud has a silver lining: many 1st offenders still qualify to drive during their suspension. Illinois’ Monitoring Device Driving Permit (“MDDP”) program allows eligible first offenders to drive with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (“BAIID”) installed in their vehicle. I will help explain the permit process and offer you a discount on BAIID installation.
Did you know that smoking marijuana two weeks ago could land you a DUI charge today under current Illinois law? Illinois’ zero-tolerance policy for drug DUIs allows drivers to be prosecuted for DUI even if they were not high behind the wheel. The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) hopes to change the way drug DUIs are charged with its recent legislative initiative.
On August 22, 2014, Governor Quinn signed off on an amendment to the Illinois vehicle code allowing driving permits for DUI offenders who do not injure anyone else. IL HB 4304 provides that drivers who injure themselves but not another person while driving under the influence are now eligible for monitoring device driving permits.
Many more DUI offenders will now be eligible to drive again after having a breath alcohol interlock device (BAIID) installed in their vehicle, so long as they did not cause personal injury to another person as a result of the DUI. The change to the law is designed to provide a measure of leniency to those DUI offenders who don’t hurt others while retaining most penalties for the offense.
Daniel J. Reynolds is a lawyer at Brinkoetter, Hassinger & Strobach, a Decatur, IL law practice.