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How can a DUI affect my career?

For those facing a potential DUI conviction in Illinois, there are numerous legal penalties that can be highly concerning. However, the damage to one’s ability to find gainful employment can also be a factor, one that can last much longer than the initial conviction. This illustrates the importance of a solid DUI defense, which will hopefully mitigate some of the ill-effects.

How do breathalyzer tests determine blood alcohol content?

If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Chicago, you may be wondering how the device used to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC) actually works. Breathalyzers are a common method of testing BAC, and accordingly are used by most law enforcement agencies when an intoxicated driver is suspected. It’s useful for you to understand how these devices actually work to ensure your rights are being preserved when involved in a sobriety stop.

What happens during a field sobriety test?

Field sobriety testing is a common occurrence in Illinois and other states all over the nation. Such testing is beholden to very specific rules and regulations, and law enforcement must comply with all relevant statutes to ensure testing is conducted in the appropriate manner. To this end, it’s imperative that you understand just how field sobriety testing is to be conducted to ensure your rights are preserved.

Consequences of felony DUIs

The state of Illinois classifies DUIs as either midemeanors or felonies, depending on the individual situation. While a midemeanor certainly carries consequences, a felony conviction can alter your life even more significantly. Having a felony conviction could disqualify you from certain housing or educational opportunities, and it could negatively impact your career. Here at Ryan and Ryan Attorneys at Law, we understand the potential consequences of a felony DUI conviction, and we want to help diminish the long-lasting effects.

The tricks to contest a traffic stop

There are two kinds of vehicle stops, traffic stops, and checkpoints. At a checkpoint, you are not able to contest the validity of the stop except in rare circumstances. Checkpoints are not viewed as investigatory, they are classified as public safety and health initiatives, therefore, criminal protections do not extend to them (even though the practical effect is the same). But, you can contest a traffic stop. This post will go over the requirements for a valid traffic stop and how you can dispute them.

DUI incidents increase during the winter holidays

It may not seem immediately clear, but yes, drunken driving incidents do increase over the winter holidays. In some places, they increase by impressive margins over regular drinking rates. Data collected by Scram Systems found troubling increases in drinking from November to December. This post will go over the data and what it may mean for you.

How does a DUI affect immigration status? Part 1

Contrary to popular belief, a felony conviction or arrest does not mean you are automatically subject to deportation. To be sure, it isn't ideal. However, it isn't the end of the world. A DUI results when you are arrested and charged with operating a vehicle (any vehicle, motorcycle, car or truck) while under the influence of alcohol. The police can determine you are under the effect by administering the field sobriety test or subjecting you to a Breathalyzer test (usually both are done).

Police may have a new way to test THC impaired drivers

THC is the active ingredient in marijuana; it is what is responsible for getting people high. To date, there is still no reliable THC analog for the famed BAC Breathalyzer. Scientists are not even sure what threshold of THC constitutes "impaired driving." But California police officers are looking to answer some of those questions as they participate in a field test of the latest iteration of the THC Breathalyzer.

Future of anti-drunk driving technology

Drunken driving accidents kill around 10,000 Americans a year. It costs billions of dollars in medical bills, legal fees, damage to property and other harms. As a result, the government and non-profits pour millions of dollars into social programs and technology to reduce the rate of intoxicated drivers. There are a variety of onboard technologies in the works aimed at keeping drunk drivers from operating motor vehicles.

Are passengers permitted to drink alcohol in a car?

Everyone is familiar, or at least you should be now, that drivers are not permitted to drink alcohol while operating a vehicle. These charges are serious and could result in jail time. But are passengers permitted to drink alcohol in the car? Typically, passengers may not drink alcohol in a car but not because of the car is being driven ? this post will explore the rules governing alcohol in cars.

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