Archive for June, 2011

Illinois DUI Laws and Penalties for 2011

June 20th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

First DUI Offense

• Class A Misdemeanor • Court Supervision up to 2 years • DUI Tech Fee $750.00 • $50.00 Roadside Memorial Fund Fee • Fines of $0-$2,500.00

First DUI Offense – Penalty Enhancements

• BAC > .16 or greater  Mandatory 100 hours community service  Mandatory Minimum fine of $500.00 • Passenger < under 16 years old  Subject to 6 months jail or 25 days community service in a program benefiting children  Subject to mandatory minimum $1000 fine and 25 days community service in a program benefiting children  Up to maximum fine of $2,500.00 

First DUI Offense – Penalty Enhancements (cont'd)

If Bodily Harm to Passenger under 16, • Class 4 felony, min $2,500.00 to max $25,000.00 plus 25 days community service in a program benefiting children and • Mandatory minimum 10 days jail or 480 hours community service [11-501(d)(3)] • If suspended, revoked, or no license or no insurance, then  Class 4 felony 1-3 years imprisonment or  Probation up to 30 months and  Mandatory minimum 10 days jail or 480 hours community service [11-501(d)(3)] • If driving School Bus with pass .16  Add additional 2 days jail to above penalties  Mandatory minimum fine of $1250.00 • If Passenger .16  Mandatory 90 days jail and  Mandatory minimum fine of $2500.00 • If passenger .16  Mandatory Minimum fine is $5,000.00 • If passenger .16  Mandatory Minimum fine is $5,000.00 • If passenger .16  Mandatory Minimum fine is $5,000.00 • If passenger < 16 years old  Minimum fine $25,000.00 and  Mandatory 25 days community service in a program benefiting children • If Great bodily harm, disability or disfigurement  Class 2 felony, from 480 hrs. community service to 1-12 years imprisonment (note: combining 1-12 years great bodily harm requirement)

DUI Involving Death

• If violation of DUI proximately causes death to another  Class 2 felony  Minimum is probation, or 3-14 years for one death  Minimum probation to 6-28 years for 2 or more deaths  Judge must find extraordinary circumstances to award probation

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More People Calling in Drunk Driver Allegations

June 20th, 2011 at 11:05 am

Motorists today are alerting more potential DUI violators to police than ever before. The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday that motorists are using their cell phones to alert police of other drivers who appear to be dangerous or impaired. Police dispatchers reportedly said that they welcome the outside help and encourage people to identify potential impaired drivers, so long as they themselves are not violating any laws in doing so.

The Chicago Tribune also reported that there are now safety groups willing to do more than just encourage people to call in; some are actually offering cash rewards. The Schaumburg-based Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) reportedly started a program called Drunkbusters that offers callers $100 for any tip that directly leads to a DUI arrest. From 1990-2010, the Drunkbusters program has reportedly given out around $445,000 and led to more than 4,450 DUI arrests.

The Chicago Tribune said that callers are asked to provide a car description (make, model, color), location, and direction of the driver that the caller wishes to report. They are also asked for a license plate number, a description of the driver and the number of passengers present in the car if the caller can safely attain the information.

Of course, the Tribune did not report how many of these citizen reports turn out to be false….Additionally, anonymous reports of DUI can be challenged in court as a potentially unlawful basis for stopping cars.

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