In every state except Utah, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for per se DUI crimes is 0.08. Some states, however, recently introduced legislation to lower the BAC limit for per se violations of DUI laws to 0.05. Washington state recently contemplated a measure to reduce the per se DUI limit but the bill ultimately failed. Similar legislation is currently pending in New York as well. While the Illinois legislature has not drafted legislation to lower the BAC limit for DUI offenses, it is possible that such a bill could be introduced in the years to come. If you are faced with Illinois DUI charges, it is wise to contact an Illinois DUI defense lawyer to determine what defenses you may be able to set forth.
The New York Bill
Reportedly, New York State is currently considering a bill that would significantly alter the state’s DUI law. The bill proposes a number of changes, including reducing the (BAC) limit for per se DUI charges from 0.08 to 0.05, which would put New York in line with Utah. The bill also includes a provision that would lower the BAC limit for aggravated DUI offenses from 0.18 to 0.12.
Proponents of the bill argue that these changes are necessary to improve road safety and reduce the number of DUI-related accidents and fatalities in the state. However, opponents of the bill have raised concerns about the potential impact on civil liberties and due process.
DUI Charges in Illinois
In Illinois, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for per se DUI charges is 0.08. This means that if a person is caught operating a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 or higher, they can be charged with DUI. Additionally, if a person drives while impaired by alcohol, even if their BAC is below the legal limit, they can still be charged with DUI. In such cases, the prosecution must prove that the person consumed enough alcohol to impair their ability to drive safely. It’s important to note that DUI charges in Illinois carry serious consequences, such as license suspension, fines, and possible jail time.
Speak to an Experienced Illinois DUI Defense Attorney About Your Charges
Under the current law in Illinois, people can be charged with DUI offenses if they operate a vehicle with a BAC level of 0.08 or higher, or while impaired due to the consumption of drugs or alcohol, but it is is possible the law could change in the future. If you are accused of committing a DUI offense in Illinois, it is wise to speak to an attorney about your charges. Attorney Theodore J. Harvatin of the Harvatin Law Offices, PC, is an experienced DUI defense lawyer who possesses the knowledge and resources needed to obtain favorable outcomes in DUI cases, and if you hire him, he will work tirelessly on your behalf. You can contact Mr. Harvatin by calling 217.525.0520 or using the online form to set up a meeting.