Statistics nationwide tend to correlate an increase with blood alcohol content (BAC) and the potential for a serious motor vehicle crash. In order to reduce the rates of serious accidents that cause injury, death and property damage, states have created laws intended to regulate the use of alcohol before driving a motor vehicle. In Illinois, the name for impaired driving is driving under the influence (DUI), and DUI charges can carry harsh penalties.
The simplest way to avoid a DUI may be calling for a cab or using an app like Lyft to arrange for a sober driver to pick you up and take you home. Of course, there are also medical and social reasons why a person who isn't chemically impaired can end up charged with a DUI. Understanding the potential consequences of a DUI charge can determine how best to handle your situation.