If you are under the legal drinking age of 21 in Illinois and you get caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, the police will arrest you for DUI. Even if your BAC is lower than .08, if an officer believes you’re impaired, they can take you to jail.
What Happens if You Get a DUI in Illinois When You’re Under 21?
Illinois has a zero tolerance law. That means that you can’t drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in your system if you’re under 21. If you are found to have a BAC at or above the legal limit, the state will hit you with criminal charges for DUI, and you’ll face administrative penalties from the Illinois Secretary of State.
You’ll also lose your driver’s license.
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What to Do if the State Charges You With DUI When You’re Under 21
First things first: You probably need an attorney. Your attorney can investigate your case, look for any weaknesses in the prosecution’s evidence, and help you develop a defense strategy.
Your attorney may be able to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor that reduces the severity of your charges or penalties. If you go to trial, they can represent you and present evidence on your behalf.
What Are The Penalties for a DUI in Illinois When You’re Under 21?
The penalties for a DUI when you are under 21 depend on the circumstances of your case. Generally, though, you’ll face fines, court costs and jail time. Your driver’s license will be suspended or revoked for several months or more.
You may also receive court-mandated community service or have to attend an alcohol awareness program. The court could even require you to use a Breathalyzer device that tests your BAC every time you get in a car.
No matter what, it’s important that you take the charges seriously and don’t wait to hire an attorney. An experienced DUI attorney can help protect your rights.
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