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IL DUI lawyerWhen a person is pulled over by a police officer or highway patrolmen, it is entirely common to feel helpless. If you are driving home after a night spent with friends and are fearful that you may be driving over the legal limit for blood alcohol content (the nationwide legal BAC limit is 0.08), it is important to know how to react. If convicted of a DUI, you could face significant fines, loss of driving privileges, and even potential jail time. Due to the severity of the criminal punishment that an offender can face for driving under the influence, it can be wise to refuse chemical testing. Below we will examine the potential ramifications of a test refusal.

How a Test Refusal Can Impact You

According to Illinois state law, a driver must adhere to an officer’s request for a chemical test. This is written in Illinois’ implied consent law, which states that a driver has authorized consent for testing of breath, urine, or blood if an officer deems probable cause of intoxication. It should be noted that refusal of chemical testing is not a criminal offense, but can come with significant ramifications.

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IL DUI lawyerEveryone makes mistakes, unfortunately, some mistakes come with severe consequences. For those that elect to drive while under the influence of alcohol, the mistake of getting behind the wheel can be life-altering. Driving under the influence can result in a fatal car accident, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that over 10,000 Americans were fatally injured in automobile accidents involving alcohol, throughout 2016.

While not all drivers that make the decision to drive while inebriated, take their own life or the life of another, many are arrested on charges of driving under the influence. In 2016 alone, over 1 million Americans were convicted of DUI charges. Understanding the implications of a DUI conviction may keep you from getting behind the wheel of a car. That said, if you have been accused of driving under the influence, it is time to seek out a legal team you can trust.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_584202865.jpgThe penalties for a DUI often include hefty fines, jail time, a driver’s license revocation, and a permanent criminal record. If your DUI has left you with these life-altering penalties, you may consider appealing your DUI case. By filing an appeal, your DUI charges may be reduced, dismissed, and/or removed from your criminal record altogether.

In the event that you do decide to file your appeal, the appellate court may reverse your conviction, affirm it, or send it to a trial court for a hearing. Since the appeal process for a criminal case can be lengthy and complicated, you should consult an experienced Illinois DUI lawyer. You may be convicted of a lesser charge if strong evidence is given in court.

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