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If You're Driving, Don't Drink the Eggnog -- The ISBA Weighs in on Holiday DUIs

Question:  What penalties might an intoxicated motorist face if stopped by a police officer? Answer: The approaching holiday season typically means increased enforcement by police for motorists who drive while intoxicated. In Illinois, a DUI can lead to serious penalties including large fines, driver's license suspension, and jail or prison time. These penalties increase if a drunk driver causes an accident or injures someone. Driving under the influence (DUI) charges are brought against any driver testing at .08 percent BAC (blood-alcohol content) or higher. Stricter penalties apply for drivers with a BAC of .20 percent or more, as well as drivers who refuse to comply with BAC testing. Drivers under the age of 21 may not have any blood-alcohol content upon being tested.       For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to   Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit

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