If you intend to drink while out keep in mind that a DUI charge can be devastating for all parties involved. If someone is injured or killed, you will be likely facing felony DUI charges. You could also lose your driving privileges. In some cases, you can lose your job or professional license.
Here are 3 ideas that can help you avoid a DUI in Illinois
1. Plan and arrange for transportation ahead of time. Have a family member or friend pick you up.
2. You can get dropped off and walk home.
3. Take an Uber, Lyft, or Taxicab service home.
IN THE INSTANCE YOU ARE PULLED OVER AFTER DRINKING
If you are pulled over then know that you can refuse to take any of the field sobriety tests. You can also refuse to take any breathalyzer tests. The breathalyzer will be offered at the police station and on the road. Even if an officer tries to convince you to take these tests you can still politely refuse.
Always remember to be polite to the officer. The officer can ask you to exit the vehicle. Remain calm and silent. Anything you say or do will be used against you in court. The police officers will likely have video recording equipment recording the entire event. Generally, the recording system starts when the officer sees you driving in an erratic manner.
In obtaining your license you gave implied consent to taking these tests so if you refuse to take any of these field sobriety tests or breathalyzer tests then the Illinois Secretary of State will suspend your license for 1 year.
If you do not blow then there will be no scientific evidence that could indicate you are legally intoxicated. If you choose not to take the field sobriety tests, then the observations from that test will not be used in a case against you.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for Driving Under The Influence then please call us for a consultation.