Rising number of American women arrested for DUI

In the past, the large majority of individuals arrested for driving under the influence in the United States were male. According to a recent study, while men continue to account for most DUI arrests, a rising number of women have been arrested for driving under the influence in recent decades.

Based on data from the Bureau of Justice, approximately 9 percent of the people arrested for driving under the influence were women in 1980. Now, just over three decades later, women account for 25 percent of all DUI arrests in the country.

With that information in hand, researchers from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation sought to determine the potential reasons for the sharp increase in women arrestees. The study involved interviews with approximately 200 women who had been arrested for driving under the influence in different parts of the country. Notably, the researchers found that most of the women facing charges had recently suffered from some type of traumatic event in their lives, such as the death of a family member.

In addition, the study revealed that around 75 percent of the women had been prescribed medications to combat mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. The researchers also noted that over 50 percent of the women were single, separated from their significant other or divorced.

Fight drunk driving charges in Illinois

When an individual is faced with charges of driving under the influence in Illinois, it is critical that he or she be aware of the possible consequences of a conviction. The severity of the penalty will depend, in part, on whether the individual has previously been convicted of driving under the influence.

Upon a first conviction for driving under the influence in Illinois, the motorist will lose his or her full driving privileges for at least one year. In addition, he or she could face a fine of up to $2,500 and a prison sentence of up to one year.

If an individual is convicted of a second DUI offense, he or she is then required to either spend five days in jail or perform 240 hours of community service. Such a conviction also results in the possibility of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. If the second conviction takes place within 20 years of the first, the individual could also lose his or her full driving privileges for five years or more.

Those arrested for driving under the influence on three occasions could face class 2 felony charges. The potential penalties include up to seven years in jail, a fine of up to $25,000 and loss of full driving privileges for at least 10 years.

If you or a loved one is currently facing charges of driving under the influence in Illinois, you should be aware of your rights. Consult with a skilled criminal defense attorney to ensure a strong defense is established on your behalf.