If you plan to drink when you go out, the best thing you can do for yourself is to make sure you have a ride to get home. If you decide to drink and drive, you could find yourself on the wrong side of the law.
Illinois law is hard on those who drink and drive or drive while impaired. Why? Their negligence could lead to serious crashes that hurt them or others.
Before you decide to drink, it’s smart to plan for your way home. You should also be informed about a standard drink and what’s considered to be “under the influence” in Illinois.
What is a standard drink?
One standard drink, or .54 ounces of pure alcohol, is usually equivalent to around a shot of liquor, a can of beer or a glass of wine. Of course, the amount of alcohol in that drink is determined by the kind of alcohol you’re having, the specific brand and way it was made, and the person who is pouring the drink.
When are you considered to be “under the influence” when driving?
Usually, you’ll be considered to be driving under the influence if you are found with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater, or a cannabis concentration of 5 nanograms or more in blood or 10 or more in any other bodily fluid, based on Illinois law. If you have used any other kind of controlled substance or are impaired by the use of medication, you may also end up facing a DUI.
What should you do if you have a drink while you’re out?
If you have a drink while you’re out, you should plan not to drive home. If you do have to drive home, consider stopping your intake the same number of hours as the total number of drinks you have before you leave. For example, if you have two standard drinks, plan to wait at least two hours before driving home. It’s best to call someone to take you home even then, because not all people’s bodies process a standard drink per hour.
What should you do if you’re arrested for driving drunk?
If you are arrested, remember that you can ask for your attorney and stay silent. It’s best not to say or do anything that could further impact your case. Your attorney will help you defend yourself following any kind of arrest.