Archive for the ‘Illinois DUI Laws’ Category
January 14th, 2014 at 8:10 pm
In 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.
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.
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.