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DWI Laws

In Illinois, intoxication is measured primarily by your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If you have a BAC of .08 or higher, you are considered to be intoxicated no matter how drunk or sober you feel. If you have a BAC of .05 to less than .08, you are not automatically considered intoxicated, but you could still be charged with DUI if there is additional evidence that can demonstrate impairment on your part. If your BAC is less than .05, you are off the hook.

However, if your BAC is .16 or higher, Illinois law classifies you as extremely intoxicated. Because people who have this much alcohol in their bloodstream pose an especially great danger to society if they attempt to drive, Illinois has a special category of DUI charge called "driving while under the extreme influence." This charge carries enhanced penalties if you are convicted.

How many drinks does it take to reach the danger zone? That depends on many factors, including body weight, whether or not you've had anything to eat, and how fast your metabolism is. Since it's difficult to predict how these factors will interact, it's difficult to predict how many drinks you can have before you reach the legal limit. When it comes to drinking and driving, it's far better to err on the side of caution and have a designated driver or take a cab!

An Illinois DUI conviction will change your life, and not in a good way. Overnight, you can go from a respectable citizen to someone with a criminal record that will haunt you for years to come. You'll also have to pay heavy fines and can expect to lose your driving privileges for some time.

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