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A number of factors influence state DUI laws meant to discourage driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Some of these factors include: safety, public pressure, changing social mores and even political expediency. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration was once nearly twice today's limit. While DUI laws may change over time, recent technology has ushered in new requirements; such as the use of ignition interlock devices that check the BAC of offenders before they drive. While it's very difficult to challenge a DUI charge, understanding the law certainly helps. Remember, ignorance of the law is never a defense to any criminal charge.

For more case-specific information and guidance, it is always best to consult with an Illinois DUI attorney. While understanding the law is in everyone's best interests, only a trained lawyer can provide the experience and clarity necessary for making the best legal decisions.

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4-Time DUI Offenders May Drive Under Proposed Law

If a proposed bill passes, four-time DUI offenders in Illinois may be able to apply for restricted driving permits.

Under the current DUI laws, only drunk drivers who incur up to three DUIs are allowed to apply for a restricted permit, according to Illinois' KFVS-TV.

So if passed, how will the proposed bill affect the current laws?

5 Reasons to Plead Guilty in DUI Case

In light of Schaumberg District 54 Superintendent Andrew DuRoss' recent DUI arrest, Chicago residents may be wondering if it would be beneficial to him or themselves to plead guilty in a DUI case.

Being a public figure, like a superintendent, could result in people learning a little too much about you in an open trial. So it may be in some public figures' best interests to plead guilty.

For everyone else, here's five reasons why you should consider pleading guilty in a DUI case:

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 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:

Wake-Up Call: Don't Get a DUI While Sleeping and Parked

Sleeping in your car while drunk, and drinking in your parked car, can both land you a DUI in Chicago.

While most DUI arrests occur when a driver is pulled over by law enforcement for driving while intoxicated, a "parked DUI" can be just as illegal.

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.

Driving While Medicated: DUIs and Medical Marijuana

The Illinois bill concerning medical marijuana, now awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn's signature, places serious limits on its use. The bill in no way protects pot-smoking patients from DUI penalties.

For a driver who is found to be under the influence of medically legal marijuana, here are the possible ramifications:

Penalties for Underage DUI in Illinois

As you probably know, it is illegal to drink alcohol until you reach 21 years of age. Yet many underage individuals still drink and drive. As a result, the State of Illinois provides very severe penalties for someone charged with an underage DUI.

Generally, in Illinois, someone under the age of 21 can be arrested for drunk driving if they have any amount of alcohol in their system, provides the Illinois Secretary of State. So if your blood alcohol level is above 0.00 percent, you can be charged with a DUI.

Illinois law is very harsh and unlike many states that only make it a crime if you have a blood alcohol level above some minimal amount like 0.02, it is a crime in Illinois for an underage individual to even have a sip of alcohol and drive.

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:

DUI Convictions: 7 Potential Penalties Aside From Jail

When you think about the penalties for a DUI in Illinois, you typically think about possible jail time and monetary fines.

While jail time and fines are good reasons for concern, you should be aware that there may be many additional penalties as well. In fact, some of these penalties may have a greater impact on your life than spending a few days in jail.

Here's a look at seven consequences of a DUI conviction besides jail, as provided by the Illinois Secretary of State.