We often hear about how the accuracy of Breathalyzer results depends on various factors such as whether the officer at the scene administered the test correctly and properly calibrated the Breathalyzer device. However, field sobriety test results can also be inaccurate for a number of reasons.
Drunk driving is always a serious offense, but it can become even more serious if it leads to a loss of life. If a drunk driver causes an accident that kills one or more people, the driver may face charges reckless homicide while driving under the influence. In Illinois, an aggravated DUI with multiple deaths is classified as a Class 2 felony and could result in 6-28 years in prison and up to $25,000. Drivers facing these serious charges often benefit from a solid DUI defense strategy.
An Illinois man was recently arrested and is facing DUI charges after he fell asleep in his running vehicle. Officers alleged that the man's running vehicle was in the thru lane of traffic in a parking lot on the south side of a parking garage.
A Chicago woman was charged with a felony DUI after a sole-vehicle accident left a 70-year-old man dead. The woman was driving a vehicle that hit the I-55 overpass, causing the vehicle to flip onto its side. The man was a passenger in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman and another passenger were treated for injuries, and the woman was later charged with aggravated DUI and DUI. The woman is being held in county jail and her bail has been set at $100,000. She will need to post $10,000 to be released. DUI charges can be reduced or dismissed if the right DUI defense strategy is used.
When people think of DUI charges, they often assume that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. However, many DUI charges stem from drivers taking over-the-counter or prescribed medications. According to Illinois law, a person prohibited from driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, intoxicating compounds or any combination of the three that causes the driver to become incapable of driving safely.
Many drug arrests occur after an officer stops a driver for a run-of-the-mill traffic violation. A 24-year-old Illinois driver was recently pulled over for several speeding violations. The man apparently gave the officer a fake name, as he allegedly had outstanding warrants and was avoiding arrest. The officer searched the vehicle after he reportedly smelled marijuana, and found prepackaged cocaine and cannabis, as well as Oxycodone pills.
For those facing serious charges involving allegations of driving while drunk, understanding the legal process and the options for resolving a particular case is an important first step towards planning a path forward.
If you have been stopped by the police while driving and under suspicion of a DUI, you may wonder if you can refuse to submit to a Breathalyzer test. The answer is generally yes, but refusing a chemical test comes with consequences. However, refusing a breath test can be useful when it comes time for your DUI defense.
Defending against a DUI is never easy, but there are many effective strategies used by criminal defense attorneys to protect their clients in court. As a result, many DUI charges are reduced or dropped entirely.
Drunk driving crashes come in many tastes and colors, but Illinois accidents that result in serious injury or death are by far the most serious. A driver who is found guilty of one or more crimes involving death or serious injury may face incarceration, a hefty fine and lengthy, if not permanent, loss of driving privileges.