DUI totals in the Illinois Valley have gone down in 11 of the past 13 years. Overall, the number of DUIs has dropped by roughly 50% over the past 15 years. In Bureau County, the number of people taken into custody for drunk or impaired driving dropped by one-third in 2019. This could be attributed to many factors such as an inability to afford the cost of a DUI in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. For some, it may be tough to justify the cost of drinking alcohol at a bar.
When police pull you over on suspicion of drunk driving, they will attempt to establish probable cause for an arrest through observations, field sobriety tests and a portable breath test. If officers place you under arrest, you may end up at the police station or jail taking a breath test or at a hospital having your blood drawn in order to determine whether your blood alcohol concentration meets or exceeds the Illinois legal limit of 0.08.
In Illinois, domestic violence is a serious offense. The state has a legal right to prosecute Illinois residents who commit acts of domestic violence. Illinois has both criminal domestic violence regulations and laws pertaining to civil domestic violence. An act of criminal domestic violence focuses on harming a person by inflicting physical injuries. An act of civil domestic violence focuses on abusing a person in a physical, sexual or emotional manner.