Archive for the ‘Chicago DUI lawyer’ tag
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.
October 18th, 2013 at 11:52 am
A Chicago woman arrested for a DUI last March claims that the arresting officer injured her seriously during the procedure. The victim, Cassandra Feuerstein, claims that bones in her face became shattered after the officer forced her, headfirst, into a cell. She has video evidence to back up her claims, too. If you have been arrested for a DUI where the officers crossed the line, you need the assistance of an experienced Chicago DUI attorney.
Ms. Feuerstein’s video evidence shows her head slamming into the edge of a concrete bench before she collapses to the ground. Other officers then enter the scene to attempt to clean up her face with toilet paper.
The arrested individual moved forward with a federal lawsuit against the individual who pushed her and the Village of Skokie. She alleges that the injuries from the shattered bones in her face required surgery. Additionally, she claims that the officer made false statements and filed a false report in her case.
Officers are supposed to follow specific procedures with regard to DUI arrests. These include stopping a vehicle for probable cause or at a DUI safety checkpoint, verification of the license, registration, and insurance, and a request for the individual to submit to a sobriety test. If the driver does not pass the sobriety test, he or she will be transported to the police station to submit to further chemical tests to verify the blood alcohol content (BAC).
Depending on the results of these chemical tests, penalties may apply. The individual will be required to post bond and can be detained until bond is posted. Unfortunately, some officers take advantage of the situation and cross the lines with regard to proper procedures and protocol for handling a DUI arrest. Please contact a Illinois DUI attorney if you believe that your rights were violated in the process of your DUI arrest.
October 8th, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Georgi Grigorov, 34, of Arlington Heights, was “arrested for drunk driving after having six prior DUI convictions under five different aliases” and bond was set at $500,000 in late September, according to the Chicago Tribune. Grigorov was charged with “aggravated driving under the influence, aggravated driving with a suspended license, and unlawful possession of fictitious identification.” Assistant State’s Attorney Moe Ahmad made note at the hearing that Grigorov had been convicted of several previous DUIs, four of which were on “bond forfeiture warrants using different names,” according to the Tribune. Though he did indeed give a false identification card when pulled over for the most recent DUI, police “learned his real identity when they ran his fingerprints through a criminal database,” Ahmad told the Tribune.
Grigorov was driving a BMW when he was arrested, and was initially pulled over for traffic violations. He failed filed sobriety tests administered by first responders to the scene, and refused to take a breath test. Refusal to submit to chemical testing in Illinois results in automatic suspension of driving privileges for 12 months, according to the Illinois DUI Factbook 2013. The Factbook states that, “in 2011, 92 percent of drivers arrested for DUI who refused to submit to or failed chemical testing lost their driving privileges.” Unlike Grigorov’s case, the vast majority of people who refused to submit to chemical testing (85 percent) were first-time DUI offenders.
The lion’s share of people using fake identification cards (such as the one Grigorov used) are teenagers seeking to buy booze illegally, but the punishment is the same across the board. According to NBC Local Chicago, using a fake ID is a class 4 felony in Illinois, punishable by serious jail time. For Grigorov, of course, the fake ID is the least of his worries when compared to the myriad of other very serious charges he’s facing.