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Police in Illinois worry about looming marijuana legalization

Many senior law enforcement officials in Illinois anticipate facing significantly higher overtime, equipment and training costs after the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in the state on Jan. 1, 2020. Determining whether or not a driver is operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol can be done at the roadside in just a few minutes with portable breath-testing devices, but matters become far more complex when drug use is suspected.

DUI charges related to legal drugs

of the motorists in Illinois and around the country who are accused of driving under the influence are taken into custody because they consumed alcohol or took illegal narcotics before getting behind the wheel, but operating a motor vehicle while impaired by prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications can also lead to a DUI charge. The key factor in an intoxicated driving case is impairment, and there are dozens of legal substances that can affect an individual's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.

Are breath test devices reliable?

In Illinois, and in most other states across the nation, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher. In some cases, people who have a BAC level of 0.05 can be arrested as well. If you are pulled over on suspicion of drinking and driving, an officer may ask you to submit to a roadside breath test. These devices are used to determine your BAC level without actually taking a blood sample. The problem lies in the fact that these devices do not always yield accurate results, which could lead to a wrongful DUI arrest. 

Can police ticket you for using your phone on Illinois roads?

It is officially time to put down the phone while driving in Illinois. Laws changed on July 1st, allowing police officers to issue tickets to almost anyone using a hand-held device while operating a motor vehicle.

What is a breath alcohol ignition interlock device?

As an Illinois resident who is currently facing DUI-related charges, it is important to understand how the state treats DUI-related crimes. If you are convicted, you could face a number of repercussions outside of fines. Today, we will look into breath alcohol ignition interlock devices, also known as BAIID.

How are first time DUI offenses treated?

As a resident of Illinois who is currently up against DUI-related charges, you likely know just how harsh these potential penalties are if you are convicted. Illinois takes DUI crimes very seriously and because of that, it is important to take your defense just as seriously.

Driving privileges after a drunk driving conviction

For residents in Illinois who have been convicted of an offense for driving under the influence of alcohol, losing their driving privileges can represent a major hardship. It can impede their ability to get to and from work, to get medical care when needed and to take care of their children or other family members. The state does offer some programs via which people can regain the ability to drive and these involve installing breath alcohol ignition interlock devices.

Understanding how alcohol gets into the lungs

The common perception of a drunk driver is one standing on the side of a road in Naperville blowing into a hand-held breath measurement device to determine the blood-alcohol content. Yet the comparison of the two elements being measured in this scenario (one's breath and their BAC) might prompt many to ask why law enforcement would measure a person's breath to determine the concentration of alcohol in their blood. Understanding how alcohol ends up in one's breath may help those facing DUI charges to challenge the results of breath test measurements being used against them. 

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