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.
An otherwise unremarkable DUI arrest in Bond County appears to have acquired special significance because the suspect is a former attorney from Edwardsville. The suspect is facing 10 criminal charges, including a DUI, as the result of her alleged refusal to heed an officer's demand that she stop her vehicle and her intentional ramming of a police vehicle.
Many psychotropic medications have helped people in southern Illinois and elsewhere cope with disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, people who take the drugs often develop a dependence that may become an addiction. Because many of these drugs interfere with the brain's ability to control muscle function, an addiction to one of these drugs can lead to disastrous consequences. One such consequence occurred on I-255 near Godfrey when a driver's use of benzodiazepines lead to a head-on crash and one fatality.
The urge to drive a car sometimes seems like it is programmed into human DNA. Even seven convictions for driving with a revoked license were not a sufficient deterrent for a Washington Park man who was recently arrested for allegedly driving with a revoked license and suspicion of drunk driving.
Three separate phone calls to emergency services failed to avert a wrong-way collision on I-255 near Godfrey, Illinois, on January 17. The multi-vehicle collision resulted in one fatality. The wrong-way driver is suspected of being intoxicated.
Illinois, like most other states, has a statute which requires drivers accused of drunk driving to consent to one of several blood alcohol content tests or face the loss of their drivers' license. The law is known as the implied consent law because all licensed drivers in the state are deemed to have impliedly given their consent to such tests by virtue of driving on state highways. If a driver refuses to give consent to either a breathalyzer, blood or urine test, they face an automatic suspension of their driver's license, but the DUI case goes forward without the results of blood, breath or urine tests.
Most people in Southeastern Illinois understand the risks of driving while being intoxicated by alcohol. The risks from intoxication caused by drugs is not as well understood. A recent traffic fatality in Madison County demonstrates the potential lethal connection between driving and using drugs, as well as the resulting need for a capable criminal defense attorney.