Articles Tagged with DUI Sleeping in Car in Chicago

As an experienced criminal defense attorney in Illinois, I’ve encountered numerous situations where individuals were charged with driving under the influence (DUI) even though they weren’t actually driving. Illinois DUI laws are stringent and can sometimes be applied in circumstances that might surprise you. Understanding these laws and how they can impact you is crucial if you find yourself facing a DUI charge without having been behind the wheel. This comprehensive guide will explain the relevant statutes, potential penalties, common defenses, and the importance of having skilled legal representation.

Understanding the Statute and Relevant Laws

Illinois law on DUI is primarily governed by 625 ILCS 5/11-501. This statute makes it illegal for anyone to operate or be in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination thereof. The term “actual physical control” is crucial here, as it extends the scope of DUI charges beyond just driving.

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