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Illinois dui laws, Crystal Lake DUI Defense AttorneysAn arrest and conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol can lead to serious consequences for a driver. In addition to the possibility of jail time, drivers also face license suspension and fines that can seriously impact their lives. While these consequences are generally still in effect, this year brought with it new changes to Illinois DUI laws that will be a welcome relief to some drivers convicted of DUI.

Under the new changes, Illinois drivers who have two or more DUI convictions will now be required to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device installed on their car for five years, in addition to obtaining a Restricted Driver's Permit in order to drive their vehicles and later have their licenses reinstated.

A BAIID device records a driver's blood alcohol content after a driver blows into it, and therefore prevents the driver from driving if his or her blood alcohol level is over .025. BAIID devices also take photographs of the person blowing into the device to ensure the permitted driver is the one driving the vehicle. The Secretary of State has a division that monitors the installation of BAIID devices on the vehicles of eligible drivers, as well as monitors the readings from the devices.

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dui penalties, McHenry County DUI Defense AttorneyDrivers should be aware of a new Illinois bill that has the potential to increase the penalties for repeat DUI convictions. The bill was passed at the urging of a family whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver and then learned that the same driver had been convicted of another DUI following his release from prison.

The bill, House Bill 3533, has passed both the State House of Representatives and the State Senate, but has yet to be actually signed into law. Unlike many bills that focus on increasing DUI penalties through higher fines or longer prison sentences, this bill applies serious driving limitations in the form of a restricted driving permit and the use of an ignition interlock device—a chemical breath test built into a person's car to prevent them from driving while intoxicated.

Harsher Penalties for Repeat Offenders

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DUI conviction, breath tests, McHenry County DUI attorney Breath testing devices play a critical role in DUI convictions and enforcement for the modern police officer. Small hand-held devices can provide indications of intoxication, and larger, more sophisticated ones can provide BAC levels that prosecutors can use as evidence in court.

Yet for all the people who worry about being forced to take a breath test during a traffic stop, most people do not understand how the devices work. Even more importantly, few people realize how inaccurate they can actually be, and what sorts of factors can throw off a breath test.

The Different Types of Breath Tests

There are three major types of breath tests, which operate on similar principles. Each measures the alcohol content in a person's lungs, which is itself a function of the amount of alcohol in a person's blood. However, they all measure differently.

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