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Chicago teen drinking injury liability attorneyEvery year, thousands of American teenagers are hospitalized due to the excessive consumption of alcohol. Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that approximately 119,000 teenagers are treated for alcohol poisoning each year. 

For parents of teenage children, it is crucial to be able to trust other parents in the community. Unfortunately, many parents throughout the United States allow underage drinking within their household. If your child has been injured due to the negligence of an irresponsible adult, it is time to seek out legal representation. 

Underage Drinking Statistics 

While most parents like to believe that their teenage child never consumes alcohol, studies have found that drinking is incredibly common among American teens. The CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 30% of high school students admitted to drinking within the past 30 day period. Young people between the ages of 12 and 20 consume approximately 11% of all alcohol sold within the United States on an annual basis. 

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Chicago auto accident lawyer, drunk driving accidents, illegal immigrants, illegal immigrants DUI, deportation, driving under the influence, auto accidents, drinking and driving, DUI attorneyDrunk driving continues to be a serious offense that is costly not only to the perpetrator, but to potential victims, highway patrol, and the state DOT. In 2012, the most recent year for which data was available, there were a staggering 37,126 DUI arrests in Illinois, according to the 2014 Illinois DUI Fact Book.

More than 90 percent of all people arrested for DUI lost their driving privilege. Length and context of punishment, however, is determined by the severity of the incident. The vast majority (86 percent) of all people arrested for DUI were first-time offenders and also male. Women only made up 23 percent of those arrested.

If pulled over for DUI in Illinois, you can refuse a blood alcohol content (BAC) test, but will likely face longer probation periods. If, for example, you are charged with DUI as a first offense and you agree to chemical testing, your license will be suspended for six months. If you refuse chemical testing, you license will be suspended for a year. If there has been an accident that resulted in great bodily harm or death, a police officer is required by law to request a chemical test. In the event that a person refuses, he will have his license suspended for up to 12 months. It is all rather straightforward—if you drink and drive, your license is suspended. Yet if you are in the country illegally, a single DUI arrest can flip your world upside down.

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