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Man Charged with DUI after Slamming into Cop Car

January 23rd, 2014 at 10:41 am

Alex Tapia-Aguilar, 34, of Round Lake, was charged with drunken driving and arrested after slamming into a police car while intoxicated, according to the Chicago Tribune. Tapia-Aguilar was driving on the wrong side of the road when he hit the squad car, and injured a police officer in the process. He is now facing “two counts each of aggravated driving under the influence and DUI,” according to the Chicago Tribune. “After the crash, the officer had to climb out of his window to stop Tapia-Aguilar because of the extent of the damage to his vehicle,” the Tribune reports. The officer was taken to Vista Health System, treated for his injuries, and released. Tapia-Aguilar refused medical help at the scene.

DUI Police Crash IMAGEDamage to both cars was extensive, the Tribune reports. It isn’t clear if sobriety tests were administered immediately following the crash, but Tapia-Aguilar told police that “he thought the car might have been delivering papers,” according to the Tribune. Tapia-Aguilar was also “charged with driving without a valid driver’s license, driving without insurance, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and criminal damage to state-supported property,” the Tribune reports.

Aggravated DUI carries a heavier punishment than DUI, according to the 2014 Illinois DUI Factbook. “Any mandatory term of imprisonment or community service is not subject to suspension or reduction,” the Factbook states. An aggravated DUI can apply to a number of different scenarios including (but not limited to):

  • A third or subsequent DUI
  • DUI committed while driving a school bus carrying one or more persons age 18 or younger
  • DUI resulting in great bodily harm
  • DUI committed without a valid license
  • DUI committed without car insurance
  • DUI committed after a previous conviction for reckless homicide while DUI
  • DUI resulting in death

Illinois is a Zero Tolerance state, which means that if you’re pulled over and your BAC measures .01 or greater you can be ticketed. To have a BAC of .01 a normal adult of any weight needs only to consume one drink in an hour.

If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI in Chicago, don’t go through it alone. Contact Ramsell & Associates today.

 

911 Dispatcher Arrested for DUI, Drug Possession

January 19th, 2014 at 10:29 am

 DUI & Drug Possession IMAGEA 911 dispatcher in Chicago, 36-year-old Matthew Stehney was arrested for DUI after an afternoon of watching football, according to DNAinfo Chicago. Stehney was “found ‘slumped over the wheel’ in a running car by police in the 2700 block of South Damen Avenue,” according to a police report and reported by DNAinfo. When police woke him up, Stehney had “glassy-bulging-bloodshot eyes,” and Stehney then proceeded to try to talk his way out of the arrest. According to DNAinfo, he told police he was “one their team” and “begged” for another chance. The police report stated that, “he pleaded nonstop for another chance, saying it would not happen again.” When Stehney was taken in police found a baggie with cocaine in it in his pocket. He has been charged with DUI and drug possession, according to DNAinfo.

With drug use rates increasing across Illinois, the number of people arrested for DUI who also end up with drug possession charges will likely increase as well. In Los Angeles this year, according to the LA Times, police introduced a new oral swab drug test that was first used at checkpoints over New Year’s. “Prosecutors said the eight-minute, portable oral fluids test could eventually become a more effective use of resources in drugged-driving cases,” reports the LA Times. The swab tests for cocaine, methamphetamine, and THC, among other substances.

Even if a person is a first-time DUI offender in Illinois, he is likely to lose his license for some time. For failing chemical testing, according to the 2014 Illinois DUI Factbook, a person automatically has his driving privileges suspended for six months. If a person fails to submit to chemical testing his license will be suspended for up to a full year. According to the 2014 DUI Factbook, “a driver may request a judicial hearing to challenge a statutory summary suspense… within 90 days after the notice date.”

If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI or drugged driving in the Chicagoland area, the most important thing you can do is seek legal counsel. Contact Ramsell & Associates today.

Illinois Bills Laser in on Boating DUIs

January 7th, 2014 at 10:23 am

illinois boating dui lawyerLegislators in Illinois are evaluating multiple measures to increase safety in the state’s waterways, including one bill that increases the penalties for those operating a boat under the influence. Penalties for DUIs across the state include fines, license suspension, and possible jail time. Obtaining a DUI lawyer as quickly as possible after your arrest is crucial for your case.

Under the new suggested bill, anyone caught operating a boat under the influence of intoxicants would face an immediate driver’s license suspension for a period of three months. Sponsored by state Senator Julie Morrison, the bill was spurred by the death of new nephew in 2012. Anthony Borcia was 10 years old when he fell off a tube and was struck by a boat.

The boat driver was charged with aggravated driving under the influence of drugs. The new law amends the Boat Registration and Safety Act so that any person operating a watercraft in the state who is involved in a boating accident automatically gives their consent to chemical testing for determining intoxicating substances in the body.

A separate measure currently in consideration would require individuals born after January 1, 1990 will need to go through a boating safety course in order to get a certificate from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Right now, the only individuals required to have a safety certificate to operate a boat are those people between the ages of 12 and 18 who are on a boat without a parent or guardian. The final piece of legislation being evaluated requires any boat operators towing a person behind the watercraft to use an orange flag on the boat.

Being arrested for a DUI in Illinois, whether it’s on the road or on the water, can lead to serious consequences. Make sure that you are informed of your rights and have discussed your case with an Illinois DUI attorney.

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