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Do I Have To Submit To Chemical Testing For a DUI?

October 19th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

If you’re pulled over in Illinois and the officer has reason to believe that you may be under the influence of alcohol, he or she can ask you to complete a field sobriety test. Depending on the results of that test, the officer may request that you complete a chemical test to verify your blood alcohol content (BAC).  Knowing what you are required to do in these circumstances can make a big difference in whether you lose driving privileges or not. If you have been arrested for DUI, your first step should be to contact your Illinois criminal law attorney for advice.

Chemical Testing For a DUIIn Illinois, failing a chemical test or refusing to submit to chemical testing might lead to statutory summary suspension or revocation. It’s important to note that these rules apply to Illinois drivers pulled over for DUI in other states, too. If you refuse to submit to chemical testing, immediate penalties will apply. However, if you contact a DUI attorney immediately, you can fight a license suspension.

For the first occasion in which you refuse to submit to chemical testing, your driving privileges will be suspended for 12 months. On the 31st day of that suspension, you might become eligible for driving relief, which involves a monitoring device driving permit and the installation of a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device. For a second offense, driving privileges can be suspended for three years with no opportunity for driving relief.

In the heat of the moment as you’re pulled over for suspected DUI, it can be frustrating for an officer to demand that you submit to a test. If you are arrested for DUI following the incident, you should hire a Chicago DUI lawyer to manage your case. Don’t risk statutory summary suspension by refusing to submit to the chemical tests.

School Principal Arrested for DUI

July 30th, 2013 at 9:18 am

Most people would agree that it is the role of school employees to educate children and to serve as a good example to them. According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, a private school principal served as anything except a role model.


Joseph Academy principal, Michael Zajac, was arrested on DUI charges with a blood alcohol level that was two times the legal limit. What is ironic about the arrest is that Joseph Academy, located in Hometown, is a school that deals with children who have “severe emotional challenges”, as cited by the school’s website.

This is not Zajac’s first brush with the law. He received a DUI in 1997 as well as 2000. He also was convicted of battery in 2003 for which he received a sentence of 25 days of public service and 18 months of supervision by the court. With his current arrest, he is facing several charges. He has been charged with a felony aggravated DUI and he also received citations for improper lane usage, speeding, illegal transport of alcohol, and not having proof of insurance. He has been ordered by the Cook County Criminal Court to be held on a bond of $25,000.00.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or any other drug is a serious offense that could lead to the injury of yourself as well as other people. If you are going to be drinking, make use of a designated driver. If you do find yourself charged with a drunk driving charge, the first thing that you need to do is to contact a Chicago criminal defense attorney to represent you right away. It is your attorney’s job and mission to present the best defense in your case. This is especially true if like the above story, you have more than one drunk driving conviction.


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