Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

Monday, March 6, 2017

DUI on St. Patrick's Day: What You Need to Know

Chicago comes alive with celebration on St. Patrick’s Day, which is Friday, March 17 this year.

Unfortunately, that means police will be making dozens of drunk driving arrests, too. There have already been a number of “unofficial” St. Patrick’s Day drinking events, and if the holiday’s history holds up, there will be several more. (Police generally have increased patrols for DUIs around all the holidays—not just St. Patrick’s Day.)

But what happens if you’re one of the people arrested for DUI on St. Patrick’s Day (or as part of an “unofficial” St. Patrick’s Day celebration)? For most people, it makes sense to get in touch with a Chicago DUI lawyer who can help.

DUI on St. Patrick’s Day: What You Need to Know

The entire driving under the influence process starts the moment a police officer suspects you of impaired driving. Once you’re arrested, you’ll most likely be asked to take a test that pinpoints the amount of alcohol in your system.

You have the right to refuse to take the Breathalyzer test. However, if you do refuse, your driver’s license will be suspended for a year. You also need to know that once you’ve been arrested, you may have to participate in a blood test that tells investigators the precise amount of alcohol that’s in your system.

What to Do if You’re Arrested for DUI on St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re arrested in Chicago for DUI on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s probably in your best interest to get in touch with an attorney who handles drunk driving cases. Your lawyer will find out what happened, see what evidence the prosecutor has against you, and determine the best course of action to move forward.

Call us at 847-920-4540 immediately for a free DUI case evaluation with an experienced attorney. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can start developing the strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.

 


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