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DUI or DWI can aggravate charges in a fatal crash

Most Illinois residents understand the danger of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Unfortunately, many of them continue to do so and risk causing a fatal accident. If a driver involved in a fatal crash is also accused of DUI or DWI, the charges and penalties could increase.

Could your separate assets be subject to division in a divorce?

When an Illinois married couple is happy and times are good, they often share everything, including assets. You might live by the "what mine is yours and what is yours is mine" philosophy under those conditions, but doing so could jeopardize the division of your assets during a divorce. Your separate assets could end up being considered marital assets if you divorce, depending on how you treat them during your marriage.

Drugs could result in a DUI or DWI arrest just like alcohol

When Illinois law enforcement officers initiate a traffic stop or investigate an accident, they check to see whether the driver is somehow impaired. If an officer believes he or she has sufficient suspicion to make an arrest for DUI or DWI, it could be due to the use of alcohol or drugs. These charges are not exclusive to those believed to be intoxicated.

4 things to know about field sobriety tests

A police officer pulled you over a night out drinking with your friends at the bar. Your heart drops when you see those flashing lights because you know what is likely going to happen. One step in the traffic stop might be having you complete a field sobriety test to determine if you are likely impaired. You must understand some basic points related to this test if you plan to fight the drunk driving charge that might follow.

Don't be so quick to plead guilty to DUI or DWI

Were you pulled over and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving here in Illinois? The officer more than likely told you that your breath test indicated your blood alcohol content was .08 or higher and/or you failed a field sobriety test. This might persuade you to plead guilty to a DUI or DWI, but don't be hasty. Just because you were arrested does not mean that a conviction will result. 

What options does an Illinois homeowner have in a divorce?

Many Illinois couples purchase homes during their marriages. If they end up getting a divorce, what happens to the family home often becomes a topic of much debate. It would be prudent to take a realistic and unemotional look at the options before making a decision regarding what to do with that home.

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