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Knowing the Importance of DWI And DUI Laws In Illinois in Your Car Insurance

Driving while intoxicated or Driving under influence may lead to an accident or worse, death. This is one of the reasons why all the states of USA have strict laws for them and it is vital for the people to know and understand the law and have knowledge of the available legal options if ever faced with such charges. DWI and DUI in Illinois may lead to severe punishments as stated by the Illinois car insurance law.

AutoInsuranceInIllinoisThe following are the offences commited under DWI/DUI in Illinois:

  • Driving with a hangover of alcohol or drug or both.
  • Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08 or more.
  • Driving with a measurable blood content of marijuana or other restricted materials.
  • Driving with BAC greater than 0.00, for drivers below the age of 21.

In Illinois, two separate cases are filed against you, one in the court and the other in Illinois DMV if you are caught for DUI. DMV can punish you by suspending your license, but the court penalty may include fine, suspension of license, jail sentence or all of the above. For first DUI, the convict is kept under court supervision for a time period after which the case is dismissed but its public record is maintained. Full first conviction involves suspension of driver’s license for one year, fine up to $1000 and up to one year jail sentence. Second conviction may lead to driver’s license suspension for five years and third conviction to 10 years suspension of driver’s license. The jail sentence and fines may increase, if you were accompanied by an under 16 kid during the violation time. According to Illinois law, DUI case remains open for 20 years. So, your any further DUI in Illinois during this period of 20 years will count.

Illinois has more strict punishments for driver’s under the age of 21 if arrested for Illinois DUI. First conviction leads to license suspension for 2 years, second to 5 years or till the age of 21 is attained, third to 10 years of license suspension along with three years jail sentence or a cash fine up to $25000. In case of a fourth DUI before the age of 21, may cause lifetime suspension of the license.

As Illinois DUI law states, no licensed driver of motor vehicle can deny from taking approved chemical tests of blood, breath or urine for intoxication determination except Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) which is not mandatory unless the person is involved in a major accident. License may be suspended for 6 months to 3 years for refusing the chemical test.  The law also states that the test must be done in the presence of a State Police and Department of Public Health (DPH) authorized person. Blood test must be done by DPH appointed medical professional. The driver arrested under DUI may ask for a second and independent chemical test under personal expense.