Archive for the ‘Drunk Driving Accidents’ Category

Man Arrested for DUI After Son Ejected From Window

December 26th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Franklin Jackson, 46, of League City Texas, faces a “slew of charges after he drove away from the scene of a drunken wreck in Chicago—but didn’t know his 4-year-old son had been ejected from the backseat during the crash and died,” according to the New York Daily News. His wife and other children were in the car while Jackson was driving on the Dan Ryan Expressway when he “suddenly lost control of his SUV and slammed into a guardrail twice.” Neither he nor the mother of the children noticed that not all kids were in the backseat, and the allegedly drunk Jackson “continued down the road until he pulled into a gas station a few blocks away to check on the damage to the gray Ford Expedition.”  Man Arrested for DUI After Son Ejected From Window

It was only then that he and the rest of his family noticed the hole in the back window through which his oldest son, Franklin Jackson Jr., had flown. They immediately turned the SUV around to go look for the boy and arrived just as police were responding to the scene. “Authorities said they found the child unresponsive in a grassy embankment alongside the highway,” according to the New York Daily News. He was immediately rushed to the hospital but could not be saved. Neither his other children, a 3-month-old, and two others, aged 1 and 2, nor Jackson’s wife were injured in the accident.

Police, however, found an empty bottle of vodka and several empty beer cans in the SUV upon investigation. The father was held on $250,000 bail and is facing charges of reckless homicide and aggravated DUI.

According to LawInfo.com, although Jackson is a legal resident of Texas, the trial for the accident in which his son was killed will likely take place in Illinois. Even if you are not a resident of the state in which you were arrested, that state has the right to prosecute you for your offense. “It is important to know that you cannot simply return to your home state and ignore the charges from the other state. The states and territories of the United States are required by the U.S. Constitution to render suspects o the request of another state,” reports LawInfo.com.

If you or someone you know is arrested on charges of DUI in Chicago, the importance of experienced legal counsel cannot be overstated. Contact the Law Offices of Ramsell & Associates Attorneys at Law today.

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.

Roving Checkpoints Used to Stop DUI

December 6th, 2013 at 10:42 am

Roving Checkpoints Used to Stop DUIThe holidays can be a busy time for local law enforcement when it comes to dealing with drunk driving and DUI-related crashes. During the Thanksgiving holiday, for example, Elgin police officers were out in force, participating in what was billed as a “No Refusal Weekend,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The initiative enforced a policy that required all persons arrested for impaired driving to submit to chemical testing “to determine if charges for Driving Under the Influence are appropriate,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The crackdown was part of a statewide initiative known as “Click It Or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns.

It wasn’t only in Elgin that Chicago-area police officers were on alert for DUIs in the area. According to a press release issued by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office the week before Thanksgiving, “Illinois State Police and nearly 250 local law enforcement agencies” participated in a crack down on seat belt law violators and conducted roving DUI patrols in prime hours around the holidays. These roving patrols are thought to catch DUI drivers much more frequently and reliably than holiday sobriety checkpoints. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “while traffic snarls are touted by many traffic safety advocates as necessary to catch drunk drivers, their effectiveness leaves much to be desired.”

The Review-Journal cites statistics from all over the country to purport that roving checkpoints, such as those used over Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago, are a better option to catch drunk drivers. In Ohio, for instance, “police conducted 135 sobriety checkpoints between January 1 and September of this year, but more than a third of those checkpoints yielded zero drunk driving arrests.” These checkpoints ended up accounting for less than 1 percent of “all those stopped for impaired driving,” the Review-Journal states.

One reason for this could be because people are able to alert one another to the possibility of a police checkpoint. This isn’t the case with roving checkpoints, such as those employed in the Chicago area over Thanksgiving. With the anticipated (but not yet evaluated) success of these roving checkpoints, it is expected that the Chicago Police Department will continue in this vein throughout the holiday season.

If you or someone you know is facing DUI charges that resulted from a roving checkpoint or any other situation, don’t go through it alone. Contact an experienced DUI attorney today.

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