Do You have Zero Tolerance for bad DUI laws
If you have been arrested for DUI or DWI you may become familiar with the term "zero tolerance."
Zero Tolerance can have two separate meanings, depending upon your age.
For many individuals under 21 years of age arrested for DUI or DWI the zero tolerance law that may
affect them first is the suspension of their drivers' licenses for having "Any" amount of alcohol in
their system while operating a motor vehicle. In some states, including Illinois, the Zero Tolerance
suspension cannot be added on to the statutory summary suspension that comes with any DUI or DWI.
As a result, the arrested under 21 year old individual usually never sees the zero tolerance
suspension applied during a DUI or DWI case. However, if you are in this category, it is vital
that you contact an experienced local DUI attorney to advise you of your rights and license privileges.
Most initial consultations are at no cost to the client.
For the rest of individuals charged with DUI or DWI, "zero tolerance" has a whole different meaning.
In summary suspension terms, "zero tolerance" period is usually the first thirty days of a driver's
license suspension in which no judge can give you permission to drive, even with a permit or a breath
interlock ignition device (BAIID).
Most statutory summary suspensions cannot begin until a period of time has elapsed. In Illinois, for
instance, the suspension does not begin until the 46th day after the arrest. Then the 30 days of "zero
tolerance" begins. With a skilled and experienced local DUI attorney, it is possible to avoid the
complications and consequences of the zero tolerance period. The sooner you find a competent local
DUI attorney the sooner your counsel can work to rescind, or throw out, your suspension based upon
It is important to retain a local DUI attorney who is highly experienced in Illinois DUI law.
In addition, your attorney must be familiar with the county in which you are charged. Your
local DUI attorney may be able to challenge various portions of summary suspension. In addition to
challenging the suspension, your Lee County DUI Attorney may able to have the criminal case dismissed
or reduced from a DUI.
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