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Statutory Summary Suspension and other DUI penalties

In the state of Illinois, any kind of traffic violation such as speeding or running a red light could result in a license suspension or revocation and a mark on your driving record.

Penalties for a DUI conviction are tougher, and one of those is a Statutory Summary Suspension.

The Statutory Summary Suspension explained

If a law enforcement officer arrests you for driving under the influence of alcohol, he or she will ask you to take a breath test. If you refuse to submit, you will face a license suspension of 12 to 36 months. If you agree to take the test and your blood alcohol concentration level is 0.08 percent or higher, license suspension will be six to 12 months. The court where your case was heard will retain your license. Information about a conviction for DUI will remain on your record for life. If you are a first offender, the suspension will terminate after the period of time is up and you have paid a $250 reinstatement fee.

Court supervision

A first-time DUI offense is a Class A misdemeanor. The judge will probably not order jail time unless, as a drunk driver, you were responsible for an accident. Court supervision is a possible alternative to DUI conviction and would keep the charge off your driving record as long as you comply with whatever stipulations the judge orders.

BAIID installation

When you receive a Statutory Summary Suspension and are a first-time DUI offender, you may qualify for installation of a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device. Basically, the BAIID is a small computer with a mouthpiece attached that connects to the wiring in your vehicle. When you breathe into the mouthpiece, the device measures your blood alcohol concentration level. If you pass the test, the vehicle will start, and you can drive anywhere you wish, albeit with random retesting to ensure that your BAC remains below the level programmed into the device.

Looking at options

An arrest for drunk driving is a most unsettling experience, especially for a first-time offender. You do not want to face a Statutory Summary Suspension, and you certainly do not want a DUI conviction to follow you for the rest of your life. Explore your legal options and find out what alternatives might apply to your particular case.

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