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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many people will be watching the big game this Sunday with football staples such as brats and beer; however, too many of the latter could cause a person to end up in serious trouble with the law.
A woman who was arrested on charges of drunk driving in Illinois said she faced a series of abuses after she was taken into custody. In fact, video cameras at the jail corroborate the fact that the woman was subjected to an unnecessary strip search while she was at the LaSalle County Jail. The woman is shown being pulled into her cell, thrown on the ground and forcibly stripped by correctional officers. While she is laying on the floor, crying, a door opens minutes later and a pile of blankets are thrown into the cell.