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driving while intoxicated, DUI, Naperville DUI lawyer, field sobriety test, blood alcohol contentWhen you are pulled over under the suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DUI),you may be asked to perform a field sobriety test. You have seen these in television and movies—they are the roadside exercises that show whether an individual is impaired by alcohol or another drug, such as standing on one leg or walking in a straight line and turning.

If you are asked to perform this type of test, politely decline. Although you might think that performing the test will prove that you are not impaired, the truth is that the test is far more likely to hurt your case than help it.

After you are arrested, contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible to develop your legal defense strategy.

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DUIWith holiday parties and family gatherings, the holiday season is a popular time to drink. Illinois also sees an increase in intoxicated drivers and accidents involving alcohol during this season. If you are planning on drinking, it is important to take appropriate safety measures to avoid a DUI arrest or conviction. If you have been charged with a DUI, an attorney can help you defend your rights.

Illinois DUI Law

In Illinois, it is illegal for a person to operate a motor vehicle if his or her blood alcohol content is at or above 0.08 percent. Illinois has a zero tolerance law for those under the age of 21. If an underage driver is caught with any amount of alcohol in his or her system, the driver can be charged with a DUI. For drivers of commercial vehicles, such as taxis or trucks, the limit is 0.04 percent.

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DUIThe only contact many people will ever have with the criminal justice system is when they are stopped for a DUI. In Illinois the crime of DUI involves operating a motor vehicle when you are impaired by drugs or alcohol. You can be convicted of DUI even if you were only using your own prescription medicine.

Why the Officer Comes to Your Window

In Illinois you may have an officer approach your car window in two basic situations. The first one is at a DUI checkpoint. Illinois courts have held that DUI checkpoints do not violate driver’s constitutional rights. Officers may pick out cars at random to stop and approach or they may decide to approach you if they see something suspicious.

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car search, drug sniffing dogs, DUI charge, DUI checkpoints, field sobriety test, Illinois criminal defense lawyer, Illinois DUI attorney, sobriety checkpointsPolice officers in Illinois have the authority to set up sobriety checkpoints to catch drunk drivers. Sobriety checkpoints are meant to allow police to provide safety to the public by conducting a brief investigation of stopped drivers. The police need to stop cars in a neutral manner and not target specific drivers. They can use a predetermined method of selecting cars to stop, or they can stop every car.

In addition, the police officers have to give some advanced warning of the checkpoint, usually by posting a sign before the checkpoint, and the police may only stop a driver for a reasonable time.

Sobriety Checkpoints Common on Holidays

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