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Names of Drunk Driving Offenders to be Tweeted by Riverside Police

December 22nd, 2013 at 10:29 am

 The Riverside Police Department has announced that it will begin tweeting the names of those arrested for drunk driving. Reported by the Chicago Tribune, Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel stated, “I’m hoping that seeing these names, and seeing the amount of arrests that Riverside makes, will send a message.” The decision was made after officers saw an increase in impaired drivers on the road–a decision which will target drivers under the age of 30. Weitzel also noted that this age bracket “accounts for the majority of drunk-driving arrests and also makes up most of the department’s new Twitter following.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation website indicates that although 16-24 year olds make up only 15.52 percent of licensed drivers in the state, they are involved in 38.85 percent of all fatal alcohol-related crashes. And in the state of Illinois, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater is the level at which a driver is considered legally intoxicated. The website also states, “A driver can also be arrested and prosecuted for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) with a BAC in excess of .05 but less than .08.”

Riverside officers will tweet the offenders names, ages, and towns of residence once bond is posted or a court appearance is made. The names of drivers charged with illegal drug use will also be tweeted, as well as names of those arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license due to drunk driving. In regards to reporting this information to the public, Weitzel stated, “It’s nothing that we’re not already giving out… It’s just that we’re going to be sending it out ourselves, through our social media account.” These reports can viewed via the Twitter handle @pdriverside.

If you have been accused of drunk driving, please contact a an experienced Illinois DUI attorney today. It is important that you seek the legal advice of a professional.

Out-of-State DUI Reminders & Tips for Holiday Travels

December 18th, 2013 at 10:28 am

 As families and friends prepare to travel for the upcoming holidays, Illinois residents should be mindful of the rules of the road, and remember that celebrating visitors, charged with an out-of-state DUI, will face consequences in both their home state as well as in Illinois. And depending on the laws of a visitor’s home state, a driver’s license could be suspended or revoked automatically upon arrest.

DMV.org reports that Illinois has an aggressive anti-DUI program and arrests more than 50,000 people in an average year.” In fact, an Illinois DUI offense covers “all types of impaired driving, from driving drunk to driving while under the influence of drugs (whether prescribed, abused or illegal).” In addition, the “Illinois 2013 Rules of the Road” publication notes that when driving on Illinois roadways, drivers “automatically consent to submit to certain tests.” These types can include breath, blood and/or urine tests to help determine if an individual has been drinking or using any other drug or intoxicating compound before or while driving.” The publication also lists several rules to follow when pulled over by law enforcement.

  • Slow down and pull over safely as soon as possible.
  • Stay in the driver’s seat with both hands clearly in sight on the steering wheel until the officer instructs otherwise or the traffic stop is complete.
  • Do not exit the vehicle unless instructed to do so.
  • If you are suspected of drunk driving, cooperate with the officer(s) on scene. If you refuse to submit to breath, blood or performance tests, your refusal could result in loss of driving privileges.

Illinois residents should also remember that the state has a reciprocal agreement with other states, and if you are pulled over and refuse testing, it will still trigger a suspension of your license in Illinois. If you live out-of-state and were charged with a DUI while visiting or traveling through Illinois, contact an experienced Illinois Out-of-State DUI attorney today for a free case evaluation, and remember, please be safe this holiday season.

Should You Refuse A BAC Test?

December 14th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

After having a few too many drinks, you decide to drive home. You are extremely careful to stay on the right side of the yellow line, and you keep the car within the posted speed limit. However, despite your best efforts, a siren appears behind you. A police officer comes to your window, asks if you have been drinking. Even though an experienced Illinois DUI lawyer would tell you not to admit to having consumed alcohol, you inadvisably admit to having had a few drinks at dinner. The police officer asks you to step out of the car, and then asks you to submit to a field sobriety test. The police officer determines that you failed the test, and the police officer places you under arrest for DUI.

breathalyzer & sobriety test ImageThe police officer is going to ask you to submit to a test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). This could take the form of a breathalyzer, blood, or urine test, or any combination of the three. You have a right to refuse to take any test. But should you?

Immediate Results of Refusal

Every driver is deemed to have given their implied consent to be tested for alcohol or drugs if they make use of the public roadways of Illinois. Refusal to take the test will result in a suspension of your driver’s license for 12 months minimum. If this is not your first time refusing a test, your driver’s license will be suspended for 3 years. What’s more, the fact that you refused the test can be used against you at your trial for DUI. However, an attorney can help you successfully fight both the DUI charges and license suspension.

Should You Refuse Anyway?

Conventional wisdom states that you should never give the police any evidence that could be used against you at trial. However, DUI is a unique problem, in that by withholding evidence from the police by refusing a test, your driver’s license is automatically suspended. What should you do in this scenario?

Once you are arrested, if you know that you are likely to fail any chemical test, you should likely refuse the test. Your license will still be suspended, but an Illinois DUI attorney may be able to attack the suspension, or get you a restricted driving permit to allow you to drive to get to work or pick up groceries. Further, you will not have provided the police with evidence to build their case.

No matter what you decide to do, a DUI arrest must be dealt with quickly, preferably by an attorney with experience. If you or someone you know has been arrested for DUI, contact an experienced DUI attorney today.

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