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Aurora, IL drug lawyer

Throughout the U.S., the number of states with either legalized medical or recreational marijuana, or both, is on the rise. With that comes an increase in incidents of driving while under the influence of cannabis and more focus from law enforcement on busting impaired drivers. If you have been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, it is critical you enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. 

Drugged Driving in Illinois 

Here in the state of Illinois, medical marijuana is legal for approved applicants under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, signed in 2013. Since the induction of the program, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has approved over 42,000 applicants for legal consumption of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Driving under the influence of marijuana though can come with significant criminal punishment, whether you are a legal medical marijuana cardholder or not.

If a police officer has reasonable cause to believe you may be under the influence of marijuana, they are permitted to submit you to chemical testing. If you refuse the chemical test, you will face an automatic 12-month license suspension. Failing a chemical test results in a six-month license suspension. A chemical test that finds 5 nanograms or more of THC per milliliter of whole blood results in a failed test, or 10 nanograms of THC found in another bodily substance. 

Even if a person has a medical marijuana card, they will face the consequences of a DUI charge, in the same manner as a drunk driver. According to Illinois state law, a first-time DUI conviction constitutes a Class A misdemeanor, with up to one year in jail, a year of revoked driving privileges, and fines up to $2,500. Subsequent DUI convictions result in longer license revocation periods and significant jail time. 

Anyone without a medical marijuana card who is pulled over for DUI and has marijuana in their vehicle can also face a drug possession charge, the severity of which depends on the amount seized by police. 

Contact an Elgin, IL Drug DUI Lawyer 

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, Attorney Brian J. Mirandola is prepared to fight on your behalf in the pursuit of the best possible legal outcome. Attorney Mirandola will aim to help you retain your driving privileges and keep a conviction off your record. To schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled Kane County criminal defense attorney, call us at 847-488-0889. 

Sources:

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/traffic_safety/DUI/home.html

https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2018/05/31/drugged-driving-deaths-spike-with-spread-of-legal-marijuana-opioid-abuse

https://www.iwu.edu/counseling/Illinois_Drug_Laws.htm

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Kane County aggravated DUI lawyer

Here in the state of Illinois, law enforcement is always on the lookout for drunk drivers. According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, police made 27,046 DUI arrests in 2017 alone. According to Illinois state law, there are a number of factors that can cause a DUI to be elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony. In these cases, the DUI becomes an aggravated DUI

What Constitutes an Aggravated DUI? 

In the vast majority of cases, a DUI is charged as a misdemeanor. When aggravating factors justify the DUI to be designated as a felony, the legal ramifications can be substantial. This includes mandatory jail time to the loss of driving privileges for as long as a decade.

Third or Subsequent DUI Conviction

One of the most common aggravating factors is a third DUI conviction. Here in the state of Illinois, this constitutes a Class 2 felony. If convicted, the offender could face up to seven years in prison. In the event of a third DUI, the court may decide you are no longer capable of driving with a standard driver’s license and suspend it for up to 10 years. At that point, you can obtain a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). If you can adhere to the rules and regulations of an RDP, for five consecutive years, you may be able to apply for full license reinstatement. 

DUI with Bodily Harm

If you are arrested for DUI charges after a collision that caused a person to become physically disabled or disfigured, you are likely to face a Class 4 felony charge. In these instances, the judge may decide to institute prison time as punishment, which may include a minimum sentence of one year. If a person is fatally injured, you could face a Class 2 felony, with a minimum three-year sentence and subsequent two-year license revocation.

Other Aggravating Factors

These include being charged with a DUI while transporting a minor, and driving under the influence of alcohol with a revoked or suspended license. Other possible aggravating factors include driving an uninsured vehicle, driving drunk in a school zone during school hours or while driving a vehicle-for-hire. 

Contact an Elgin, IL DUI Defense Lawyer 

After being arrested on DUI charges, it is important to act quickly. A conviction can ultimately result in heavy fines and potential jail time. Fortunately, a qualified defense lawyer can provide a defense strategy to secure the best possible outcome for you and your family. Attorney Brian J. Mirandola will examine your case and assist you throughout the legal process. To schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable Kane County criminal defense attorney, contact us today at 847-488-0889. 

Sources:

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

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Elgin, IL DUI Lawyer

Every year, more than a million Americans are arrested on DUI charges. According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, more than 27,000 Illinoisans were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in 2017. If you have been arrested on DUI charges, it is important to understand the potential ramifications of a conviction and contact a legal team you can believe in. 

DUI Conviction Consequences

According to Illinois law, a person can be convicted of a DUI for operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .08, or with a marijuana tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of five nanograms or more. Even a first-time DUI conviction can come with serious legal consequences here in Illinois. A first DUI conviction is classified as a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois and can lead to as much as one year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines. 

While a second DUI conviction is also a Class A misdemeanor and comes with the same level of fines and potential jail time, a second conviction can result in license revocation. It is important to note that a second DUI conviction can be upgraded to a Class 4 felony if it involves a collision that causes severe injury to another traveler, if the driver has a previous reckless homicide charge, or if the driver did not have a valid driver’s license. If the driver was traveling with a minor, the charges could be upgraded to a Class 2 felony, and bring up to seven years in prison. 

Any subsequent DUI convictions are classified as aggravated DUI and a Class 2 felony. These convictions can lead to fines up to $25,000 and substantial jail time. Also, new Illinois state law declares if a DUI defendant was driving their vehicle the wrong way on a one-way street, the charges are automatically defined as aggravated DUI, regardless of the number of previous convictions. 

Contact a Kane County DUI Attorney

Here in Illinois, 86 percent of drivers arrested on DUI charges in 2017 were first-time offenders. At The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola, we will fight for you and your driving privileges. One mistake should not severely impact your ability to work and take care of your family. To schedule a free consultation with an Elgin, IL criminal defense attorney, call us today at 847-488-0889. 

Sources:

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K11-501

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breathalyzer, Kane County criminal defense attorneyBreathalyzers are the most commonly used form of testing used to find a driver’s blood-alcohol content (BAC). Usually administered by a police officer during a traffic stop, breathalyzers are used to determine if a driver is driving under the influence of alcohol. Although they are used quite frequently, breathalyzers are not the most accurate measure of how much alcohol an individual has consumed. A blood test is much more precise, but blood tests cannot be easily administered during a traffic stop.

In most cases, a breathalyzer will only be administered if the police officer has reasonable suspicion that a driver is under the influence of alcohol. If an individual has more than 80 mg alcohol per 100 mL of blood in their body, he or she is considered over the legal limit in Illinois.

Sources of Error

Over the years, many individuals and groups have called the accuracy of breathalyzers into question. In February, thousands of tests were thrown out in Boston after suspicion that the tests were erroneous. The machines were found to be improperly calibrated and maintained by the state of Massachusetts. Another source of error is interfering compounds found in the breath which can significantly affect the test results. Substances such as lacquer, paint remover, gasoline, cleaning fluids, and other ethers/alcohols can result in a false positive reading on some breathalyzer machines.

Diabetics have a higher amount of ether alcohol in their body which has been found to cause a false positive in some older breathalyzer machines. Those suffering from kidney disease can be at risk for inaccurate BAC readings as well. Acid reflux, belching, and alcohol trapped in dentures or dental fixtures have also been cited as causes for inaccurate BAC readings.

Breathalyzer Myths

Methods to "trick" breathalyzers have mostly been debunked. Some drivers hoping to avoid a DUI conviction have unsuccessfully tried eating breath mints or gargling mouthwash before the test. Others have touted the efficacy of putting pennies and batteries in one’s mouth before taking a breathalyzer test. Although these methods may decrease the smell of alcohol on the breath, they do not decrease the amount of alcohol in the blood. Residual mouth alcohol from mouthwash, in fact, can result in a BAC which is much higher than the actual amount of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream. Regardless, police are trained to wait 15-20 minutes for mouth alcohol or other possible interferences to dissipate before administering the test.

We Can Help

If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence, an experienced Kane County criminal defense attorney can offer the guidance and representation you need. We are prepared to challenge breathalyzer results when appropriate, and we will work hard on your behalf throughout the process. Call 847-488-0889 for a free consultation today.

Sources:

http://www.wcvb.com/article/thousands-of-brethalyzer-tests-thrown-out/8949508

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379073801005345

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reinstatement, Elgin criminal defense attorneyIf you have been charged with drunk driving, reckless driving, or any other moving violation that resulted in the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, your day-to-day life is likely to be severely affected. Not only will a person whose driver’s license is suspended need to make alternative travel plans—for him- or herself and for any children he or she may have —but also will need to begin the long process of driver’s license reinstatement. There are several things you should know about this process before you begin that can make it easier and progress more smoothly. The first is that it getting your license back is much easier with the assistance of a qualified legal professional.

Financial Costs

Even working with an attorney, driver’s license reinstatement is a costly process that can also often mean significant time spent wading through bureaucratic red tape. No matter the offense for which the license was suspended, the driver will first be subject to a $250 reinstatement fee paid to the Secretary of State. A portion of this—$30—goes to the Department of Health and Human Services to help cover the cost of alcohol and substance abuse programs for repeat driving offenders. If you are one of these repeat offenders, the fine is doubled to have the license reinstated; that is, if you have had your license suspended before, again, for any reason, not just alcohol-related charges, you will be subject to a $500 reinstatement fee. In this case, $60 of the fee is allocated for drunk and drugged prevention programs.

Alcohol and Drug Evaluation

Just because a person has his or her license reinstated, however, does not mean that he or she is legally allowed to drive—particularly if the license was suspended due to a drunk or drugged driving incident. To have driving privileges reinstated is another process entirely. If a person is convicted of a drunk driving charge, he or she must first undergo an alcohol or drug evaluation before driving privileges will be reinstated. If a problem is indicated in this evaluation, the person will then need to submit proof that he or she is in a treatment program. Even if such a program is not required, the person will still need to complete an alcohol or drug remedial education program offered by the state. If the person is a repeat offender, he or she is subject to a $50 filing fee to have the license reinstated after undergoing these programs.

Responsible Legal Guidance

If you or someone you know has been subject to a license suspension, the most important step is to seek legal counsel. Contact an Elgin license reinstatement attorney today for a free consultation. Call The The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola at 847-488-0889.

Source:

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/BAIID/reinstate.html

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