Flying Under the Influence

Published: Apr 30, 2016, by admin in Criminal Defense, DUI, Legal Blog

Driving under the influence is dangerous, but operating an aircraft while intoxicated often turns deadly. Flying under the influence can lead to serious consequences. Recently, an American Airlines co-pilot was arrested at the airport before takeoff because he failed a Breathalyzer test. His blood alcohol content level measured above the legal limit of 0.04 percent. As a result, the flight was cancelled, and the pilot will most likely lose his license.

When you are facing a FUI charge in Illinois, you should consult with an experienced Chicago DUI lawyer immediately. With a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer by your side, you may be able to avoid the most serious charges, and potentially receive a lower sentence. Contact O’Meara Law, LLC today for a free and confidential consultation.

Penalties for Flying Under the Influence

According to Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 91.17, pilots are prohibited from using alcohol and drugs while flying. No person may operate or attempt to operate an aircraft under the following circumstances:

  • Within eight of hours of having consumed alcohol
  • Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Having a blood alcohol content of 0.04 percent or higher
  • Using any illicit drug or prescription drug that inhibits ability to function

If you are suspected of being intoxicated prior to or during a flight, you will be asked to submit to testing under the implied consent law. If you are found to be in violation of FAA rules, you may be subject to penalties similar to DUI offenses, or worse. FUI offenses can be punishable by:

  • Jail time
  • Hefty fines
  • License suspension or revocation
  • Alcohol rehabilitation programs
  • Loss of employment
  • Permanent criminal record

In addition, you can face more serious charges if your actions caused an accident that results in injury to another person or property. An aggravated FUI offense can lead to a felony conviction, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

How an Experienced Chicago DUI Lawyer Can Help

A flying under the influence offense can result in a complex and lengthy legal proceeding in Chicago courts. Having an experienced Chicago FUI defense lawyer on your side can make a huge difference between winning and losing. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney will be able to evaluate your individual situation, and develop the most effective plan of action. You may be able to avoid a conviction all together, and save your future.

Contact O’Meara Law LLC today at 312-909-0706 for a free case evaluation with a skilled Chicago FUI defense lawyer. Attorney Michael O’Meara has two decades of legal experience, including work as a Cook County assistant state’s attorney. O’Meara’s in-depth knowledge about FUI and DUI laws will give you a significant advantage in the Chicago court system.

O’Meara Law LLC is dedicated to fighting for the constitutional rights that every client deserves. Don’t wait any longer to reach out, and start your legal defense on the right track.