Archive for the ‘charges’ tag
September 17th, 2013 at 2:37 pm
Most of the time the prosecution has to fight for a DUI conviction. Not so, in one Ohio case in which a man who could have otherwise walked free made a shocking video confession to DUI. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, in a 3½ minute video posted in mid-September, “Matthew Cordle admitted he killed a man from a Columbus suburb and said he ‘made a mistake’ when he decided to drive that night.” The accident occurred on June 22 of this year, and Vincent Canzani was the victim of the incident. Cordle, from a different Columbus suburb, is “being charged with aggravated vehicular homicide,” a felony charge, and also a “misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol,” according to the Sun-Times. Since it’s been posted on YouTube, Cordle’s confession has garnered more than 1.7 million times. “He ends the video by pleading with viewers not to drink and drive,” states the Sun-Times.
According to a publication issued by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), “drunk driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in the United States.” Half a million people are injured and thousands killed by drunk drivers each year. According to MADD, more than 8 percent of the American population has a problem with alcohol, and more than half of American adults have a close family member who is or has been an alcoholic. About a quarter of American children are exposed to alcohol abuse or dependence in their family, reports MADD.
The penalties for DUI in Illinois are strict. The first DUI conviction, according to the Illinois State Police Department, can carry a minimum of one-year loss of full driving privileges, a possible imprisonment of up to one year, and a fine of up to $2,500. And that’s just for a DUI—not counting if anyone was injured or killed. In any accident in which great bodily harm was incurred, the drunk driver can be slapped with an Aggravated DUI charge, such as the one Cordle is facing. Aggravated DUI is a Class 4 felony.
If you or someone you know has been accused of DUI, don’t go through it alone. Contact an experienced DUI attorney today.
May 29th, 2013 at 6:35 pm
The government has made various attempts in trying to reduce the number of alcohol related deaths. They have raised the minimum drinking age from 18 to 21. They have also lowered the permissible blood alcohol level to .08. Now there might be a more drastic effort to eliminate traffic deaths caused by alcohol.
In recent news, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended a reduction in the blood alcohol level which can lead to DUI arrests and convictions. Although states are responsible for managing their own DUI laws, the federal government can force the states to change their laws by withholding highway funding.
“Our goal is to get to zero deaths because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable,” NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said. “Alcohol-impaired deaths are not accidents, they are crimes. They can and should be prevented. The tools exist. What is needed is the will.” The lower threshold is only one recommendation presented by the NTSB to reduce fatalities involving alcohol.
Supporters of the change look at other evidence which corroborates the recommendation of the NTSB. For example, the reduction of alcohol related casualties in over 100 countries in Europe had in when they lowered their blood alcohol threshold to .05 percent. After ten years of the lowered standard, deaths were reduced by more than half.
Detractors of the blood alcohol level modification point to other areas that should be targeted to reduce accidents. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has three recommendations: ignition locks for all repeat offenders, better technology to stop drunk drivers from operating vehicles, and more law enforcement on the streets.
It may soon become a lot easier to be arrested for driving while intoxicated. Some states have already amended their DUI laws. If you have been pulled over due to suspicion of DUI, it is important to contact a skilled DUI defense attorney in DuPage County who has many years of experience.
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March 15th, 2013 at 8:00 am
A 42 year old man from Silvis was sentenced for his 11th DUI conviction since 1992. Michael J. Pincon, originally from West Chicago, was arrested in 2012 for drunk driving in Sugar Grove Illinois.
It was on April 16th when a Kane County Forest Preserve officer noticed Pincon stop his pickup truck on the side of Bliss Road around 10 pm. The officer noted in his report that Pincon smelled heavily of alcohol and had one opened can of beer along with 11 other unopened ones. At that time, Pincon also admitted to previously drinking at a friend’s house.
Given his prolonged DUI history, Pincon was eligible for a Class X felony charge which carries a minimum sentence of 6 years and a maximum of 30. He has also been arrested 25 times for driving with a revoked or suspended license, most recently on April 16th. This crime is a class 3 felony.
Pincon pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated DUI and one count of aggravated driving with a revoked license in January. Kane County Circuit Judge John Barsanti sentenced Pincon on Thursday February 28th. Pincon will serve 10 years for driving under the influence and a concurrent sentence of 5 years for driving with a revoked license. He did receive credit for the time already served of 264 days in Kane County Jail.
DUI charges can change lives forever, including losing your job and jail time. That is why it is so important to have the representation of a legal professional. Contact a knowledgeable DUI defense attorney in Oak Brook today.