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Breathalyzers: How They WorkNearly everyone in America is familiar with the fact that it is illegal to drink and drive. Doing so violates a state's driving under the influence (DUI) law. However, not very many have considered the intricate issue of how law enforcement can effectively determine whether someone is “under the influence” of alcohol. That police use breathalyzers is common knowledge, but how do they work?

How Alcohol Gets Into Your Blood

When you drink an alcoholic beverage, it gets swallowed down your throat and makes it to your stomach. From there, the liquid passes into the intestines. Throughout its travels inside your body, the alcohol seeps through the inner linings of your organs and into your bloodstream. Once in your bloodstream, the alcohol flows with your blood through your veins and arteries.

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dui, labor day, illinois traffic offenses, traffic stops, moving violations, crystal lake dui defense attorneysLabor Day weekend is one of the biggest holidays in the United States. People across Illinois celebrate by gathering the family and friends and grilling, all while relaxing and watching some football. However, many of these gatherings often include drinking and often end with people getting in their cars and trying to make it home while under the influence. Because it is statistically more probable to find people driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) over Labor Day weekend than many other times of the year, the Illinois State Police often step up their highway patrols, pulling drivers over relentlessly in an attempt to find those who are over the legal limit. These attempts at finding the few people on the roads who were drinking before they got behind the wheel, however, often result in innocent people being harassed, searched, and charged with minor traffic violations while police desperately try to find evidence to support a DUI charge.

Illinois Police Pull Over Drivers in Force

Over the course of the Labor Day weekend for 2016, the Illinois State Police made nearly 7,000 traffic stops across the state. This staggering number significantly outpaces their typical rate for traffic stops over a weekend, even a long weekend.

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Illinois suspended license, Crystal Lake Criminal Defense AttorneyHaving a revoked or suspended driver's license can have a huge impact on a person's life. It can mean that the person has no way to travel to work, school, or to take their children to school or daycare. The problem can be compounded if the person has no access to convenient public transportation, and cannot afford other means of transportation, such as cabs and ride shares. This is why some drivers whose licenses are revoked or suspended continue to drive and risk arrest and criminal prosecution.

In Illinois, a person driving on a revoked or suspended license can be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on their previous arrest for the same charge, and whether or not he causes an accident that results in injury or death to others. Conviction, even on the misdemeanor charge, can result in jail time and thousands of dollars in fines and fees. In addition, the Secretary of State can continue a suspension for the same amount of time as the license was originally suspended or revoked. For example, if the original suspension was for one year, a conviction for driving on a suspended license can cause the Secretary of State to continue the suspension for one more year.

License suspensions can happen when a person is convicted of three or more traffic offenses in a 12-month period. Therefore, one way in which a person can avoid a driving while on a suspended license is to avoid the suspension in the first place. Challenging a traffic offense and avoiding conviction can be key in ensuring a suspension does not occur. Paying tickets without going to a hearing can lead to automatic “convictions,” which can then lead to a license suspension. If a person already has these convictions, he or she may be able to go back and have them reduced to avoid suspension with the help of an attorney.

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traffic ticket, traffic offense, Crystal Lake Traffic Ticket AttorneysTraffic tickets often seem like an unavoidable part of modern life and are thought of more as an annoyance than a legitimate legal matter. After all, it would likely be difficult to find a person who does not occasionally exceed the posted speed limit or take a prohibited right turn on red every now and then. However, the truth of the matter is that anytime a person is accused of violating the law, it is a serious issue.

While the initial consequences associated with many minor speeding tickets may seem inconsequential, they can often compound and result in unexpected consequences months or even years after a ticket is paid. In addition, there are many traffic-related offenses, such as driving under the influence, that are serious matters and may result in significant legal penalties. Consequently, it is important for anyone who has been accused of a traffic offense to retain an attorney as soon as possible.

Traffic Tickets Can Result in Serious Penalties

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use drones, Illinois Criminal Defense AttorneyThe law surrounding civilian or local government drone use is something of a quagmire. Drones raise serious privacy and civil liberties concerns. Additionally, they are also governed by the FAA as an aircraft. While full clarity on drone law is still some ways away, a recent decision by the FAA has important implications for Illinois residents.

The FAA recently approved the use of drones by the Illinois State Police in some, limited circumstances. However, the police are avoiding the use of the word drone in an attempt to demonstrate the limited nature of their use, which does not involve surveillance or criminal investigations.

Shying Away from the Word Drone

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