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.
Vehicle accidents that cause death or serious injury often involve what baseball players might call "bad bounces." In a recent accident involving an SUV and a motorcycle, the ricochet of the SUV off a culvert turned what could have been a harmless accident into an incident that seriously injured he motorcyclist.
A man from New Athens, Illinois, who is awaiting trial on charges of aggravated DUI resulting in death and reckless homicide is attempting to persuade the court to suppress important evidence in the case. Police obtained a warrant to search the defendant's truck for evidence of alcohol consumption, and the defendant wants the results of the search excluded from evidence at trial because police failed to follow proper procedures.
Not all arrests for driving under the influence in Illinois happen after a law enforcement traffic stop or after an accident and an investigation. In some instances, civilians will believe a driver is under the influence and take steps to stop the driver from continuing in what is believed to be a DUI. When this happens, the driver will likely be arrested when law enforcement arrives. In cases like this, it is imperative that drivers remember their rights to a DUI defense.
Every driver should understand how the state's implied consent law works. In other words, who is giving consent and what is the consent about? The law is an important tool for enforcing the state's DUI laws, and violating the law can lead to the loss of driving privileges for at least a year.
A single DUI conviction can follow a person for a lifetime. Repeated convictions not only follow a person but also extract significantly more serious penalties. An Easter Sunday collision resulted in a Belleville man being charged with DUI offenses and causing serious physical injury.