Archive for the ‘Multiple DUIs’ Category

Man Arrested for Seventh DUI

October 8th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Man Arrested for Seventh DUI IMAGEGeorgi Grigorov, 34, of Arlington Heights, was “arrested for drunk driving after having six prior DUI convictions under five different aliases” and bond was set at $500,000 in late September, according to the Chicago Tribune. Grigorov was charged with “aggravated driving under the influence, aggravated driving with a suspended license, and unlawful possession of fictitious identification.” Assistant State’s Attorney Moe Ahmad made note at the hearing that Grigorov had been convicted of several previous DUIs, four of which were on “bond forfeiture warrants using different names,” according to the Tribune. Though he did indeed give a false identification card when pulled over for the most recent DUI, police “learned his real identity when they ran his fingerprints through a criminal database,” Ahmad told the Tribune.

Grigorov was driving a BMW when he was arrested, and was initially pulled over for traffic violations. He failed filed sobriety tests administered by first responders to the scene, and refused to take a breath test. Refusal to submit to chemical testing in Illinois results in automatic suspension of driving privileges for 12 months, according to the Illinois DUI Factbook 2013. The Factbook states that, “in 2011, 92 percent of drivers arrested for DUI who refused to submit to or failed chemical testing lost their driving privileges.” Unlike Grigorov’s case, the vast majority of people who refused to submit to chemical testing (85 percent) were first-time DUI offenders.

The lion’s share of people using fake identification cards (such as the one Grigorov used) are teenagers seeking to buy booze illegally, but the punishment is the same across the board. According to NBC Local Chicago, using a fake ID is a class 4 felony in Illinois, punishable by serious jail time. For Grigorov, of course, the fake ID is the least of his worries when compared to the myriad of other very serious charges he’s facing.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, the most important first step is to seek legal counsel. Don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Illinois DUI attorney today.

I’ve Been Charged with my First DUI in Illinois- What Now?

June 4th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Here in the state of Illinois, there are very strict laws regarding driving under the influence.  In many cases, you can face license suspensions or revocations, fines, and even jail time.  But what happens if you have been pulled over by an officer and charged with your very first DUI?

 Lara May 8If you have been charged with your first DUI, odds are your punishments will not be as harsh as they would be if you were a repeat offender, depending on the circumstances.

If you have been pulled over with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you may face some of the following consequences: jail, fines, license suspension, or community service.

For your first DUI, it is possible for you to be looking at up to one year of jail time.  However, this sentence can be increased by up to six months if a child under 16 was in the vehicle with you. In regards to fines, you may face up to $2,500. Also keep in mind that you will probably end up paying for legal expenses, which can further increase this amount. A $500 minimum fine can be added to your original fine if your BAC is above 0.16%.  Another $1,000 minimum can be added if a child under 16 was in the vehicle.

If charged with a DUI, you could possibly have your license suspended for a minimum of one year, well as a possible vehicle registration suspension.  Community service is another likely consequence you will face, with 100 hours minimum if your BAC is over 0.16%, or 25 days if a child under 16 was in the vehicle.

While not as serious as a second or third DUI, your first DUI is still a very serious matter.  If you have been charged with a DUI, be sure to contact a dedicated Illinois DUI attorney to represent your case and answer any questions you may have.

 

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Blood Alcohol Level- How it Affects You

May 23rd, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Kerry 5-22The effects of drinking alcohol can slowly creep up on you. And many people don’t realize that just a couple of drinks can have a significant effect on reflexes and responses.

B.R.A.D. (Be Responsible about Drinking), an organization named after Bradley McCue who died of alcohol poisoning after celebrating his 21st birthday, provides a breakdown of the effects of specific blood alcohol levels (B.A.C.) on their website.

  • BAC of 0.02 – 0.03% (about two drinks):  No loss of coordination, slight euphoria and loss of shyness. There could be a slight loss of sense of judgment.
  • BAC of 0.04 – 0.06% (about three drinks):  Feeling of well-being, relaxation and lower inhibitions. There may be some minor impairment of reasoning and memory, lowering of caution. Inhibitions decrease and spontaneity becomes more common.
  • BAC of 0.07 – 0.09% (about four to five drinks):  Slight impairment of balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing. There are difficulties assessing dangers and rewards because of the brain’s lessening ability to pay attention to bad criticism. Person believes they are functioning better than they actually are.
  • BAC of 0.10 – 0.125% (about six drinks):  Begins to have problems maintaining balance. Aggressiveness also increases at this point. There is a significant impairment of motor coordination and loss of good judgment. Speech may be slurred; balance, vision, reaction time and hearing are impaired.
  • BAC of 0.13 – 0.15% (about seven drinks):  Gross motor impairment and lack of physical control. There is blurred vision and major loss of balance. Euphoria is reduced and dysphoria (anxiety, restlessness) begins. Judgment and perception are also severely impaired. Nausea and vomiting are often experienced at this point as the body attempts to expel the toxins from the alcohol.
  • BAC of .20% (about ten drinks):  Person feels dazed, confused or otherwise disoriented and may need help to stand or walk. At this point, blacking out may occur.  Memory is significantly altered, if not completely debilitated. The gag reflex is impaired and person can choke if they begin to vomit.
  • BAC of 0.25% (about 12 drinks):  All mental, physical and sensory functions are severely impaired. There is a significant increased risk of asphyxiation from choking on vomit and of seriously injuries from falls or accident.
  • BAC of 0.35% (about 18 drinks):  This level of impairment is comparable to the amount one would experience under surgical anesthesia. Coma is possible.
  • BAC of 0.40% (about 20 or more drinks):  Gag reflexes are blocked, so this is the stage in which people choke on their own vomit. The onset of coma and death due to respiratory arrest can occur.

If you have been arrested for drinking and driving, contact an experienced Chicago DUI defense attorney to represent you. A guilty conviction could mean loss of license, fines and possibly a prison sentence.

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