The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that teens have a significantly greater risk of death in alcohol related accidents than other age groups. This and other related information have led to a zero tolerance policy in this state regarding underage drinking and driving.
In the State of Illinois, the minimum legal drinking age is 21 years old. Any violation of this law in combination with driving a motorized vehicle can result in immediate and harsh penalties. DUI convictions can become part of a person's permanent criminal record. If you or a loved one have been charged with underage DUI, it is vital that a Chicago DUI attorney be retained so that your rights and privileges are protected.
Any arrest for a traffic violation which results in a trace of alcohol being found in your body will result in a 3 months suspension of your driving privileges. Refusing to submit to testing for alcohol in your system will result in a 6 month suspension. In the case of a second offense, your privileges will be suspended for 12 months or 24 months if you refuse to be tested. Those that are under 18 years of age will have to do a mandatory remedial education course for drivers and have to undergo a new driver's license examination in order to be issued a license.
In certain circumstances, you may be issued a restricted license to be used only during certain times of the day or night.
At The Toney Law Firm, LLC, experience has shown that utilizing an experienced DUI lawyer can increase your chances for a positive outcome to your case. Attorney Sarah Toney's knowledge of the DUI laws, combined with her success in handling DUI defenses, may be the advantage you need to successfully overcome the charges against you.
If you are under the age of 21 and have been arrested for a DUI, it is important that an Chicago DUI lawyer be immediately contacted to help in your defense.