Archive for June, 2013

Lowering Illinois DUI limit?

June 19th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

According to a recent article, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has expressed support of the idea of reducing the state drunk-driving limit from .08 to .05 blood alcohol content.

LaraThe National Transportation Safety Board has reported that this change could reduce the risk of car accidents by half.  Although they recommend that the entire nation adopt this new DUI limit, it will be up to each state’s lawmakers to make that decision.

Illinois State Rep. Dennis Reboletti has stated that our lawmakers will need to work with the secretary of state’s office as well as police in order to determine if this change should be made.

Reboletti has raised the point that the limit was once at .10 and was decreased to .08.  He has also said that a task force would be needed to “look over” the suggestion during the summer to see if it’s truly reasonable.

Reboletti also proposed his own drunk-driving legislation recently, in which punishments for drivers-for-hire who are caught driving drunk will be much more severe.

Reboletti said, “I think it’s pretty fair to say if you are out drinking with friends and you hire a bus or a cab, you don’t want the driver to be more drunk than you are.”

This new proposal is reportedly in response to a limo driver being charged with a DUI while taking Oswego High School students to their prom.

In that situation, the driver would only be charged with a misdemeanor DUI.  Under Illinois law, a driver-for-hire can only be charged with an aggravated DUI on a first offense if they are transporting passengers under the age of 18.

If you have any questions at all about this new proposal, especially if it does become reality, contact an experienced Illinois DUI lawyer to assist you.


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Wheaton Lawyer Don Ramsell: No Money Making for Mug Shots

June 18th, 2013 at 9:30 am

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Wheaton defense attorney Don Ramsell, was recently mentioned in a Daily Herald article concerning mug shots online, including paying for the service to view and remove the jail photographs from the Internet.

According to the Daily Herald, Ramsell supports a bill for free speech rights for mug shot website operators, but the bill does not allow the opportunity to capitalize from Internet users. The Daily Herald reports, “I don’t see this as a complete answer, but it’s a good start,” he said. “An extortionist would go out of business if he wasn’t allowed to receive money.”

The proposed bill would ban mug shots from websites that carry arrest records. It would also prevent the websites from monetizing on services to remove the mug shots. Legislators believe this will help middle class workers find more jobs and believe the profit of these websites is an exploitation of freedom of speech.

According to the Daily Herald, “The proposal received unanimous support from both houses in May and would put legal enforcement under the purview of the Illinois attorney general’s office. Websites and other media outlets that solicit or accept money to remove criminal arrest information could be dissolved, suspended or face fines up to $50,000, among other civil sanctions.”

Attorney Don Ramsell, of Ramsell & Associates, LLC,  is an expert in Naperville DUI defense. The firm has a long track record of obtaining favorable results for clients in DuPage County and beyond. For more information, or a free consultation, call 1-800-DIAL-DUI.

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Man Charged in Fatal Crash

June 14th, 2013 at 11:27 am

Man Charged in Fatal Crash IMAGEBenjamin J. Black, 28, of Sycamore, was arrested in May in connection with the February crash that killed 11-year-old Matthew Ranken, according to the Chicago Tribune. Black “had heroin in his system when he caused a chain-reaction” incident, in which he “failed to stop for a line of cars that were halted because of another crash.” Several other motorists were also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Black’s arrest is just one of many in the Chicago area involving heroin use. According to ABC Local Chicago, “heroin addiction is a growing problem across Illinois” and law enforcement, doctors, family members of community leaders are “trying to confront the problem.”

And it’s not just in the inner city that heroin use is a growing problem, according to ABC Local. One retired Chicago police officer, John Roberts, had moved his family from the city to the suburbs upon retirement, and it was there that his “son started using heroin and eventually died from an overdose,” reports ABC Local. Roberts told ABC that he “was shocked that he did not know how dangerous it was. And I was shocked that many other kids his age were involved with drugs and heroin.”

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics and reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “more than 16 percent of weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter medications. More than 11 percent tested positive for illicit drugs.” A different study, according to the NIDA, found that in Maryland, 34 percent of car accident victims tested positive for drugs only, while only 16 percent tested positive for alcohol only. The institute notes that because this represents only one geographic location, findings cannot be generalized, but the numbers are concurrent with a spike in illicit drug use in the Chicago area.

Black has been charged with aggravated DUI and faces incarceration if convicted. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime such as this, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Chicago-area DUI attorney today.

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