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How many fuzzy navels can you consume at the bar before closing time without exceeding the legal limit? Do you have the right to refuse a breathalyzer test if pulled over by an officer? And just how reliable and accurate are those field sobriety tests, anyway? These are important questions, and the answers might someday prevent an embarrassing and costly night in the county jail. Understanding how the real world intersects with the law; including the latest research, can be a powerful ally and could even save your life.

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Can You Fight DUI License Suspension?

One of the consequences of getting a DUI is an automatic suspension of your driver's license, but there are ways to fight your DUI license suspension. Case in point, 2014 began with a WBBM investigative reporter, Dave Savini, planning to fight the suspension of his license following a DUI arrest, reports Media Bistro.

There are three basics to remember when it comes to fighting DUI license suspensions.

5 Don'ts After a DUI Crash

Nobody wants to be involved in a DUI crash, but if you happen to land yourself in one, there are some do's and don'ts to follow.

Case in point, a Kenosha man was charged with not only two felony counts of driving under the influence but also a misdemeanor charge for leaving the scene of a crash, Chicago's WMAQ-TV reports. That last charge could have been avoided had he stuck to proper protocol after a crash.

A DUI-related crash is already bad enough; you don't want to exacerbate the situation. Here are five don'ts to avoid after a crash:

5 Things to Know About Ignition Interlock in Illinois

Chances are, if you've been convicted of a DUI in Illinois, you will need to know about ignition interlock. "Ignition interlock" refers to a rather pesky kind of device that allows a DUI offender to continue to drive on a provisional license.

How does it work, exactly? First, the driver must find an authorized ignition interlock service to install the device into their car. Once installed, the driver must then blow into the device every time she wants to start her car. If the system registers her breath with no alcohol detected, then the engine will start. If there is any alcohol detected over approximately 0.00%, however, then the engine won't start.

Now that you know the basics, here are five other important things you should know about ignition interlock laws in Illinois:

Are DUI Checkpoints Ever Illegal in Illinois?

DUI checkpoints are generally not welcome by drivers, even if they are behind the wheel completely legally (read: sober). While many states do not actually conduct DUI checkpoints, Illinois is not one of them. This means you likely will encounter one, if you haven't already.

So, can DUI checkpoints ever be illegal? Here is some background information and the answer to that question.

5 Things to Remember When Contesting Field Sobriety Tests

When a driver has decided to refuse blood or Breathalyzer tests, a field sobriety test may be the main or only evidence of her intoxication.

Although there are often penalties to refusing chemical tests for alcohol, it can be a lot easier to beat a DUI case with only a field sobriety test as evidence.

Here are five things to remember when contesting a field sobriety test (FST) in court:

How Much Will a DUI Conviction Cost You?

The costs of a DUI conviction can be exorbitant.

While there may be monetary fines and mandatory minimum jail sentences, the real costs of a drunken driving conviction may be the other costs associated with the charge.

For example, you may face a $500 fine for a first-time DUI conviction. However, the overall costs of defending your DUI charge will likely cost you almost $17,000. You can buy a new car with that. Here's a look at the breakdown of the costs, as provided by the Illinois Secretary of State:

5 DUI-Related Offenses All Drivers Should Know

Getting arrested for drunken driving may just be the start of your problems. Along with facing a DUI charge, you could also face a host of DUI-related charges and offenses.

The penalties for these offenses may be as severe as those for drinking and driving. And when combined with the DUI charge itself, you could face significant jail time, fines, and license suspensions.

Here is a look at five DUI-related offenses, as provided by the Illinois Secretary of State:

What is Summary Suspension for a DUI?

A statutory summary suspension in Illinois provides for the automatic suspension of someone's driver's license should the individual fail a blood alcohol test or refuse to submit to a test.

Statutory summary suspensions are automatic and typically effective on the 46th day from the date of the suspension notice, as explained by the Illinois Secretary of State.

You should remember that a license suspension is separate from the criminal penalties you face for a DUI. So even if you have your criminal charges dropped, you still could face a driver's license suspension.

8 Facts About Illinois' 0.08% DUI Limit

We now all associate a 0.08% blood alcohol content as the general legal limit for drunken driving. But how much do you really know about the limit?

Here are eight facts about the 0.08% blood alcohol limit, as provided by the Illinois Secretary of State:

The 10 Steps of a DUI Arrest in Illinois

If you get arrested for a DUI in Illinois, you should be prepared to go through a series of standard procedures that officers use for just about every DUI arrest in the state.

In general, there are 10 steps you can expect during the arrest process, from the initial stop to your vehicle being impounded.

Here's what to expect: