DUI & DWI Lawyers near Collinsville, Illinois
DUI & DWI Collinsville, Illinois
As attorneys that work in the Edwardsville Illinois area, we have to understand the laws governing DUI and DWI on both sides of the Mississippi River. Driving under the influence or DUI is what this is called in the State of Illinois. It means that your blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, is over .08% or higher. For illicit drugs, you must be found to have 5 or more nanograms of THC or 10 or more nanograms of another illegal drug in your system within two hours of operating a vehicle. In the state of Missouri, the BAC level for DWI is the same, .08%, unless you’re a commercial driver, in which it’s .04%. Please call if you have questions about these laws.
Possible DUI & DWI PenaltiesThe penalties for being convicted of a DUI or DWI will vary depending on the specific situation and the state in which the offense took place. For first offenses, the penalties are relatively minor and may include small amounts of jail time at the maximum. However, for increased offenses, the penalties will also increase – find complete details on our “DUI Law” page. Furthermore, a DUI or DWI may be compounded with other charges in the event that someone is injured or killed as a result of the DUI or DWI – this is called aggravated DUI. In these cases, additional charges may be added for increased jail time and larger fines.
What to do if you’ve been pulled over?It’s natural to want to know what you should do if you’ve been pulled over for drinking and driving. Unfortunately, the best answer is that you shouldn’t be doing this in the first place. However, if it does happen, here are some tips. Refusing the tests will bring about automatic suspensions of your license that are difficult to navigate around, even for an experienced lawyer. However, admitting to the tests will give the officers the evidence that they need to formally charge you. The best advice is to avoid confrontations while cooperating and answering as few questions as possible.
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