Archive for February, 2013

Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent Had Previous DUI In Illinois

February 19th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

MelissaOn December 8, Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman Josh Brent was driving while over twice the legal limit—0.189—when he swerved into a ditch, overturning his car and killing teammate Josh Brown.

The report of the incident stated neither Brent nor Brown were wearing their seat belts when Brent crossed into the other lane, swerved back, hit the curb, and then slid into the ditch. He also did not have any insurance on the car. CBS News covers the original story here.

Originally, Brent was arrested for intoxicated manslaughter on a $500,000 bond, eventually reduced to $100,000 with the condition that he wear an ankle monitor to detect whether or not he consumed alcohol.  He was released from jail on December 9.

FOX Chicago states in this article that Brent was also arrested previously in Illinois in February 2009. He was arrested near the University of Illinois for driving under the influence, speeding, and driving without a license. He eventually pleaded guilty to the DUI, and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, two years of probation, 200 hours of community service, and a $2,000 fine.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello stated that the Cowboys have put Brent on their reserve list, rendering him ineligible to play. Eventually he will be subject to league discipline.

Brown’s mother has been very supportive of Brent during the ordeal, and asks that the Cowboys support him as well.

Driving while intoxicated can have many effects—from being arrested to possible manslaughter. It’s a serious crime, and if you’ve been charged with a DUI, it is essential to contact a lawyer to help you through the process. Our firm in Naperville has over 50 years experience defending clients against DUI charges. Contact us today to learn more.

Super Bowl Arrests Declining Throughout The Years

February 17th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

MelissaAccording to this article from the Northwest Indiana Times, the number of arrests occurring on Super Bowl Sunday is steadily decreasing every year.

In the past, special patrols and checkpoints were set up, assuming there’d be more impaired drivers on the road after celebrating at a bar or party. However, many police forces in Chicago and Northwest Indiana only added a couple of patrols, checkpoints, or drive-bys. Some forces, such as those in Lansing or Lowell, did not plan on having any additional patrols out.

“It’s pretty quiet down here,” Lowell Police Chief John Shelhart stated. “People go to friends’ houses. There’s not a lot of bar traffic.”

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said usually extra patrols will be designated if the sports team is local. He mentioned that when the Chicago Blackhawks were playing for the Stanley Cup, they expected a lot more people to be out and celebrating. Since the teams for this year’s Super Bowl weren’t local, he figured it would be a night similar to any other. He also said that since he’s been on the force, he doesn’t remember any special or unique incidents occurring specifically on Super Bowl Sunday.

No matter what day it is, there are many options available to you if you decide to go out and drink. Calling a taxi or a sober friend, using mass transit, or sleeping it off if you’re at a friend’s house are all good options. As the police motto states: “you drink, you drive, you lose.” If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you will need the help of a knowledgeable lawyer to work on your case. Our firm has defended over 12,000 clients and has over 50 years of experience combined. Contact one of our offices in Rolling Meadows, Naperville, or Wheaton today.

No One is Immune from DUIs

February 13th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

It’s not been a good month for public employees driving while intoxicated in Illinois. In early February, Jennifer Spinney, 60, a Winnetka village trustee, plead guilty to a September drunken driving charge. She was fined more than $1,300, will be under supervision for a year, and her driver’s license will be suspended until October. Skokie police noticed her driving erratically and only 25 mph in a 40 mph zone. “It took Spinney nearly a minute to pull over as the officer used his squad car’s lights, siren and air horn,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

Spinney will be allowed to visit Florida where she lives part-time. Her association with the village council was not commented on, but she has a long-time active civil life in the area, including school parent-teacher associations and several volunteer organizations.

In a separate but somewhat related incident, the Illinois Auditor General William Holland was arrested in early February for driving under the influence in Springfield. “Holland, 61, confirmed he received tickets for alleged drunken driving and improper lane usage,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Police reported that Holland originally failed field sobriety test, and refused to take a breath test. “Such refusal triggers a suspension of a license for a year, according to the police documents and the Illinois secretary of state’s office.”

Holland was recently appointed to his third, 10-year term as the state’s government watchdog. “He won widespread praise from lawmakers for his investigations into the administration of Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich,” according to the Tribune.

No one is immune from DUIs and their related charges, and they can carry long-term consequences for anyone accused. If you or someone you know is facing a DUI charge, don’t go through it alone. Contact an experienced Illinois DUI attorney today.

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