BUI

Friday, November 28, 2014

What Happens When You're Arrested for DUI?

The lights are flashing in your rear-view mirror and your heart starts pounding. You're being pulled over, and you've definitely had a few drinks. What happens next?

Field Sobriety Testing and DUI Arrests

A police officer can ask you to complete a field sobriety test, which is helpful for police to weed out people who don't really need to submit to a breath test. Naturally, if you don't appear intoxicated or impaired during the field sobriety test, the officer may be comfortable letting you go.

However, failing a field sobriety test can lead to the officer asking you to take a Breathalyzer... and it can lead to arrest.

What Happens When the Cuffs Go On?

You'll be taken to your local police station and asked to submit to chemical testing. It's important that you talk to your Chicago DUI lawyer as soon as possible -- preferably before you even talk to police about your innocence or guilt -- because your attorney can give you valuable guidance on what to do next.

Make sure you follow your lawyer's advice; it can change the outcome of your case.

Your attorney will evaluate everything that's happened to you, including the circumstances surrounding your arrest, and he'll make sure that police haven't violated your rights. 

If you do have to go to trial, your lawyer will be there with you every step of the way. 

After a DUI Conviction

A DUI conviction is serious in the state of Illinois. If you are convicted, you'll likely lose your driver's license (your attorney may be able to work with the judge so that you can still drive to work, but every case is different). Depending on your past record and the judge's determination of your punishment, you could end up paying fines or spending time behind bars.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Stiff Penalties for Drinking and Boating in Illinois

The unofficial start of boating season is right around the corner, and whether you’re tearing up the waves on Lake Michigan’s shoreline or you’re cruising around Chain O’Lakes, there’s something you need to know: legislation passed last year that says drinking and boating are as serious as drinking and driving a car. If you are charged with drinking and boating, your first call needs to be to an Illinois BUI lawyer.

The Legal Limit for BUI

Boating under the influence, or BUI, is just like a DUI in Chicago. The legal blood alcohol concentration limit is 0.08 – and it doesn’t take much to get to that level. A 130-pound woman who’s done three shots in an hour is over the limit; a 180-pound man who’s had four beers is also over it. (Find out how much you can legally drink if you’re behind the wheel of a boat.)

What to Do if You’re Arrested on Chicago’s Waterways

If police arrest you (and make no mistake, they are out patrolling… especially on weekends, when most accidents occur) and you’ve been drinking, the first thing you need to do is call a BUI lawyer in the Chicago, Rolling Meadows or Skokie areas.

Like with all other arrests, don’t say anything. Don’t answer any questions, no matter what police promise you (or threaten you with). Talking without your lawyer present is almost always a recipe for trouble, even if you’re innocent. When police tell you that anything you say can and will be used against you, remember that they really will use it against you.

How Can a BUI Lawyer Help?

If you’re convicted of a BUI in Illinois, you could lose your driver’s license, spend time in jail and pay hefty fines. That’s why you need a talented attorney to fight for your rights – and the sooner you have one in your corner, the better. A BUI lawyer will help prevent you from incriminating yourself, walk you through the entire legal process, and be watching out for you every step of the way.

 

 


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