Illinois DUI Laws
Each state has it's own drunken driving laws on the books. While the blood alcohol content (BAC) levels are all .08, the punishments vary widely.
And penalties are a lot like real estate values -- it all comes down to location, location, location.
Georgia has mandatory jail time for first offenders. California does not. And in Wisconsin, a first-offense drunken driving isn't even a crime -- it's a civil infraction.
This chart lays out the basics of Illinois DUI law:
Illinois DUI Laws: Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits and Implied Consent
|"Per Se" BAC Limit||0.08 Percent|
|Zero Tolerance (Underage) BAC Limit||0.00 Percent|
|Enhanced Penalty (Aggravated) BAC Limit||0.16 Percent|
|Implied Consent to Submit to BAC Test?||Yes|
Illinois DUI Laws: Select Penalties
|Minimum License Suspension or Revocation (1st, 2nd, 3rd offense)||Pre-conviction: 3 months / 1 year / 1 year;
Post-conviction: 1 year / 5 years / 10 years
|Mandatory Alcohol Education, Assessment and Treatment||Both|
|Vehicle Confiscation Possible?||Yes|
|Ignition Interlock Device Possible?||Yes (Required for repeat offenders, and often when granting restricted license)|
Illinois DUI Resources:
- Illinois DWI Statute: Driving While Intoxicated (Ill. Stat. 18-8004).
- DUI Fact Book - Detailed information on Illinois DUI laws, penalties, along with statistilcs and education information on drunk driving (Illinois Secretary of State).
- Road to Reinstatement - Pamphlet charting the path necessary to license reinstatement after a DUI (Illinois Secretary of State).
Consult an Experienced Illinois DUI Attorney
If you or a loved one are arrested for DUI, you may need an experienced DUI lawyer. A skilled attorney who specializes in defending DUI cases will evaluate all the evidence, including the procedure and results of any field sobriety and chemical tests, to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Plus it's important to speak to a lawyer familiar with the Illinois DUI laws. Most offer free consultations, so your first step should be to contact an experienced Illinois DUI attorney.