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Drunk Driving Charges Archives

Public officials need strong defense in DUI cases

Drunk-driving charges are always important to take seriously, regardless of who faces them, especially when the defendant has previous drunk driving convictions. Even more important is it to take such charges seriously when one is a public official or holds a position which could put one’s public image at risk.

BAC tracking technologies: use them, but know their limits

Chicago readers may have heard about a brand new personal breathalyzer by the name of BACtrack. As Mark McDermott notes in a recent blog post, BACtrack is the most compact version yet of a personal breathalyzer, and is bound to catch the interest of those who frequently go out to drink but who want to avoid driving illegally.

Young woman's bid for DUI conviction reversal denied

A Highland Park woman who was convicted of aggravated DUI in connection with an incident in 2012 was unable to have her conviction reversed at the request of her attorney. The 19-year-old was convicted in May of intentionally inhaling a keyboard cleaning chemical, getting behind the wheel and crashing into a family. As a result of the crash, a little girl died.

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.

Police generally need warrant to search cell phones

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that will strengthen privacy protections for those arrested while carrying a cellphone. As readers know, cellphones—particularly of the smart variety—provide users access to an abundance of information. The ability of these phones to store so much information often makes them valuable resources for law enforcement to tap in conducting criminal investigations. A growing problem with this, though, has been to set limits to searches of cell phones.

Victim of crash wrongfully accused of being intoxicated

Though most law enforcement officers will perform their duty when it comes to upholding the law, not all of them prove to be so diligent. One Sheriff in a neighboring state drove through a stop sign and crashed into a woman's vehicle. The 25-year-old woman broke her neck in four places and is looking at medical expenses that could exceed $1 million.

Proposed law would allow drivers another chance after 4th DUI

A measure is making its way through the Illinois legislature that may give drivers with past DUI convictions the hope of being able to legally drive upon our roads once again. DUI laws in Illinois have toughened over time and that's what makes this story unusual.

U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on traffic stops

Individuals that are pulled over for suspected drunken driving are entitled to protection against unreasonable privacy because of language contained in the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. And because of this amendment, just how far police officers can go when enforcing laws meant to decrease the amount of drunken driving on the road was recently addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Nearly zero tolerance" DUI policy implemented in Illinois City

The city of McHenry has decided to more aggressively pursue the prosecution of DUI cases. According to their police chief, a policy has been adapted that will allow for "nearly zero tolerance" concerning plea negotiation.

Illinois judge facing DUI charges

An Illinois judge finds himself facing a number of charges following an accident where his vehicle allegedly struck a parked car.  The judge has been charged with a failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, improper lane use and use of a handheld communication device while driving.  He has also been charged with driving while under the influence.