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St. Charles prescription medication DUI lawyer

Most people think of alcohol when the topic of DUI comes up. However, the term DUI stands for “driving under the influence,” and a driver can be under the influence of many different substances in addition to alcohol. These substances can include illegal drugs and even legally prescribed medications. Taking medication may not necessarily affect a person's ability to operate a motor vehicle. However, if certain medicines do cause impairment, someone behind the wheel could face penalties for DUI with prescription medication

Commonly Prescribed Medications Leading to DUI

Not all prescribed medications are known for causing impaired driving. For example, taking birth control or a medication used to reduce cholesterol may not affect your ability to drive. However, many other medications are known to impair drivers, and it is important to understand how those prescribed medicines will affect you before you get behind the wheel of a car. These common types of medications usually have a warning label on the bottle, but if there is any question about how they might affect your driving ability, you should speak to your prescribing doctor or pharmacist. Some prescription medications that could cause impairment include:

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DUI in IllinoisDriving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is a serious charge in Illinois. DUI convictions can come with lifelong consequences; as such, if you are charged with a DUI you should contact a skilled drunk driving defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Illinois DUI Law

Illinois law prohibits drivers from driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Specifically, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content above .08. You can also be cited for a DUI if your BAC is between .05 and .08 and the officer believes you are intoxicated due to your behavior. While every person is different and there are many factors that affect BAC, the rule of thumb is that for an average sized man, one 12 oz. regular beer, five-ounce glass of wine, or one-and-a-half-ounce shot is equal to .02 BAC and bodies usually metabolize alcohol at the rate of .02 per hour. Some BAC calculators exist that allege to give you a more specific calculation; however, the safest and surest way to avoid driving while impaired and the consequences that come with a DUI is to never drink and drive.

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DUI charges, DUI defense, lawyer, attorney, DUI penaltiesWe are all aware that drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal in all 50 United States, but not everybody is familiar with the specific consequences they will face if they have had a couple drinks before getting behind the wheel and spot those red and blue lights in the rearview mirror.

According to Illinois State Police, your first DUI conviction may result in a minimum of a one-year loss of full driving privileges, possible imprisonment for up to one year, and a maximum fine of $2,500. A first-offense DUI for a driver over 21 years of age is legally considered a Class A misdemeanor, unless bodily harm has occurred, in which case the offense may possibly become a felony. A second DUI conviction-for a driver over the age of 21-will result in much more serious consequences than the first conviction. If you are convicted a second time, you may face the following consequences:

  • Minimum five-year loss of full driving privileges;
  • Five days imprisonment or 240 hours of community service;
  • Possible imprisonment for up to one year;
  • Maximum fine of $2,500.

As you may imagine, consequences get progressively more severe as the number of convictions increases over time. Consequences can also be more severe in the event that a child under the age of 16 is present in the vehicle at the time of arrest, which can result in the addition of six months in jail and a $1,000 increase in fines (for first convictions).

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