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Naperville DUI lawyer, underage DUI, underage drinking, underage drinker, DUI chargeAlcohol impairs an individual’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Because drunk drivers are a hazard to themselves and all others on the road, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Doing so can result in a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.

The Driver’s BAC at the Time of His or Her Arrest Matters

For an individual age 21 or older, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for operating a motor vehicle is 0.08 percent. For individuals under 21, the legal limit is 0.00 percent. In other words, having any alcohol in his or her system during a traffic stop can lead to a DUI charge for an underage individual.

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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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implied consent, DUI, Naperville DUI lawyer, driver’s license suspension, BAC testsAs a licensed Illinois driver, you are undoubtedly familiar with the concept of implied consent. This is your agreement to submit to a chemical test to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC) or the presence of any other substances when asked to do so by law enforcement. The results of this test can be used to support a charge of driving under the influence (DUI).

Implied consent is more nuanced than it can initially appear to be. Most importantly, remember that providing a positive sample does not mean you cannot fight the charge later.

Implied consent means you agree to provide a blood, breath or urine sample to determine your BAC

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 DUI accident In early February three children and five adults “were injured in a two-car crash in the South Side’s Fuller Park community,” according to the Chicago Tribune. There was at least one car and one minivan involved in the crash, and 29-year-old Robin Sewell is being held in connection with the crash. She “was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor, driving without a license, driving without insurance, and disregarding a traffic control signal,” reports the Tribune. One of the children injured is seven years old; ages of other younger children have not yet been released. Sewell allegedly drove through a red light and crashed into a four-door sedan. Six ambulances were called to the scene to attend to the injured. Sewell was the only person in the van; “the other seven people injured were in the car,” according to the Tribune. In addition to the children, “a woman was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious-to-critical condition, along with two men to the same hospital I the same condition,” reports the Tribune. Two other adults were listed in fair-to-serious condition. A University of Michigan report that analyzed traffic deaths by vehicle type found that “minivans and import luxury cars have the safest records.” While the average car is “safer than the average SUV,” the sedan that Sewell slammed into did not stand a chance against her minivan. The data could be skewed, however, perhaps “due in part to the fact that minivans tend to be driven with special care, often being used for transporting a family’s children,” a qualifier definitely not the case in the accident caused by Sewell. If you have been charged with a DUI accident such as this in the Chicago area, the most important step is to seek legal counsel. Contact Donahue, Sowa, & Magna Attorneys at Law today.

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