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Young man charged with aggravated DUI after fatal accident

A Chicago teenager was charged earlier this month in connection with an accident that left a construction worker dead. The 19-year-old, according to prosecutors, drove into a construction site, killed a worker and injured two of his own passengers. He has been charged in connection with felony reckless homicide, aggravated DUI, and other offenses.

Prosecutors say the young man's blood alcohol content was over twice the legal limit at the time of the crash--0.191 to be precise. According to the Illinois State Police website, aggravated DUI alone involves a minimum of one year loss of driving privileges, ten days imprisonment or 480 hours of community service, up to a $25,000 fine, and up to twelve years in prison. Obviously the case is quite serious for a young man to be facing.

The more serious the consequences of drunk-driving offenses, the more important it is to build a strong defense case. This is especially true if the defendant is young and has their whole life ahead of them. The focus of drunk-driving defense varies depending on the circumstances of the case, but there are some issues it is important to focus on. One important issue is police investigation, which includes especially police searches.

Police are bound by very specific rules with respect to how they can and cannot subject a drunk-driving suspect to a search. When they fail to abide by these rules, they can harm the integrity of any case prosecutors may bring forward. Typically, prosecutors will screen out cases where there are gross violations by police, but a good defense attorney will always explore this issue when putting together a thorough defense case.

Source: NBC Chicago, “Teen Charged With DUI in Crash That Killed Construction Worker,” June 23, 2014. 

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