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CBS Reporter Arrested for DUI to Challenge Suspension

January 14th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

CBS Reporter Arrested For DUI To Challenge SuspensionIn early January CBS 2 Chicago reporter Dave Savini was arrested for DUI, misdemeanor battery charges, and endangering the life of a child after he left the scene of a traffic accident, according to the Daily Herald. The accident occurred in the parking lot of a Naperville Taco Bell. “The driver of the other vehicle told police that he wanted to report the collision to police,” the Daily Herald reports, “but Savini refused.” The driver took a photo of Savini’s license plate, which is how authorities were able to prove his involvement in the incident.

When he was arrested, “Savini had two children under age 18 in the car, hence the endangering charge,” according to the Daily Herald. He was released on $3,000 bond “shortly after 4am on the charges, which include a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge.”

In the days that followed his arrest, according to the Chicago Tribune, it was announced that Savini “will legally challenge the suspension of his driving privileges following his weekend arrest for driving under the influence.” When arrested, the Tribune reports, Savini’s blood alcohol level was .134, nearly twice the legal limit. It is suspected that the two teenagers in Savini’s car were his children, according to the Tribune. “According to court documents, Savini had the odor of alcohol on his breath and he had bloodshot, glassy eyes,” the Tribune reports. He is expected to appear in court on January 21.

According to the 2013 Illinois DUI Fact Book, a publication of the State Attorney General’s office, suspension of a driver’s license is standard procedure following a DUI arrest. If it is a person’s first arrest for DUI and he or she tests positive for an illegal blood alcohol level, “a statutory summary suspension provides for the automatic suspension of driving privileges” for six months.

If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI, the most important first step is to contact a DUI attorney. Don’t go through it alone. Contact the Law Offices of Ramsell & Associates today.

With Marijuana Legalization Comes Marijuana DUI Laws

January 11th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

On January 1, “Illinois’ medical marijuana pilot program laws officially went into effect, but individuals that would qualify for the state’s program may have to wait another year or more before they’re able to utilize said laws,” reports the Huffington Post. With marijuana legalization laws going into effect in Washington and Colorado states, there has been much discussion about changing DUI laws to specifically limit marijuana. Such legislation was introduced into the Colorado Senate as early as May 2013. The measure, according to a different Huffington Post article, “sets a THC-blood limit for Colorado motorists—a concept which has failed six times in the last three years in the state legislature.” With Marijuana Legalization Comes Marijuana DUI Laws

DUI marijuana bills are hard to pin down, however. “Opponents stay that the 5 nanogram standard is too low for frequent pot smokers, especially medical marijuana patients, who regularly have this level of THC in the bloodstream,” reports the Huffington Post. Legalization of marijuana for medical use, such as the law that just went into effect in Illinois, is usually the first step toward further legalization of the drug. If marijuana is ever legalized in Illinois, there will likely be a DUI law debate similar to the one currently underway in Colorado.

According to the Marijuana Policy Project, Illinois has some of the harshest marijuana penalties in the nation. Drugged driving laws, of course, are necessary—“drugged driving puts at risk not only the driver but also passengers and others who share the road,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2012, “an estimated 10.3 million people aged 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs during the year prior to being surveyed.” After alcohol, according to the NIDA, THC (the active ingredient in pot) “is the substance most commonly found in the blood of impaired drivers, and motor vehicle crash victims.”

If you or someone you know has been accused of drugged driving, the most important first step is to seek the counsel of a DUI attorney. Contact the Law Offices of 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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