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Tough DUI laws have a variety of effects

Drunk driving charges can be extremely inconvenient and damaging to your future. While a conviction could affect both your personal and professional life, also putting you at risk of fines and jail time, even the investigation can be taxing. To begin with, officer may employ various tests in an attempt to discover whether you were driving under the influence of alcohol.

If you are found to be over the limit, the costs could be great. In Illinois, a first-time offender may be required to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. This costly measure can set them back $12,000 once the other expenses connected with a DUI are taken into account.

The severity of the penalties has had a significant effect on the social lives of many Illinois residents, particularly those who formerly frequented pubs and taverns. Owners of these establishments have found that patrons leave earlier and drink less for fear of the repercussions of being caught out. It is hardly surprising when you consider the potential damage a criminal charge could do to your reputation and your future. Sadly, it only takes one moment of bad judgment for disaster to strike.

In general, it is wiser not to drive at all if you have been drinking, but this is not always practical. Even so, limiting your consumption before getting behind the wheel is the best way to protect both yourself and everyone else on the roads. If you are faced with DUI charges, you may benefit from the advice of an attorney. He or she can explain the charges against you and may be able to support you in attempting to clear your name.

Source: News Tribune, "Bars closing earlier due to tougher DUI laws," Tom Collins, Dec. 2, 2014

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