For many people, a DUI charge is their first brush with the Illinois criminal-justice system. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can result in misdemeanor or felony charges which can mean serious fines, loss of your driver’s license, and jail or prison time.
Drunk Driving Offenses Vs Typical Traffic Violations
Every day, minor traffic offenses tend to include speeding, running a red light, failure to stop at a stop sign, and the like. When a police officer pulls you over for these types of violations it usually just means an expensive ticket. DUI is a serious traffic violation with much harsher criminal penalties. The following is the breakdown of the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits in Illinois:
- Drivers under the age of 21 – 0.00
- School Bus Drivers – 0.00
- Commercial driver’s license holders – 0.04
- Drivers over the age of 21 – 0.08