Archive for the ‘Chicago’ tag
September 17th, 2013 at 2:37 pm
Most of the time the prosecution has to fight for a DUI conviction. Not so, in one Ohio case in which a man who could have otherwise walked free made a shocking video confession to DUI. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, in a 3½ minute video posted in mid-September, “Matthew Cordle admitted he killed a man from a Columbus suburb and said he ‘made a mistake’ when he decided to drive that night.” The accident occurred on June 22 of this year, and Vincent Canzani was the victim of the incident. Cordle, from a different Columbus suburb, is “being charged with aggravated vehicular homicide,” a felony charge, and also a “misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol,” according to the Sun-Times. Since it’s been posted on YouTube, Cordle’s confession has garnered more than 1.7 million times. “He ends the video by pleading with viewers not to drink and drive,” states the Sun-Times.
According to a publication issued by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), “drunk driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in the United States.” Half a million people are injured and thousands killed by drunk drivers each year. According to MADD, more than 8 percent of the American population has a problem with alcohol, and more than half of American adults have a close family member who is or has been an alcoholic. About a quarter of American children are exposed to alcohol abuse or dependence in their family, reports MADD.
The penalties for DUI in Illinois are strict. The first DUI conviction, according to the Illinois State Police Department, can carry a minimum of one-year loss of full driving privileges, a possible imprisonment of up to one year, and a fine of up to $2,500. And that’s just for a DUI—not counting if anyone was injured or killed. In any accident in which great bodily harm was incurred, the drunk driver can be slapped with an Aggravated DUI charge, such as the one Cordle is facing. Aggravated DUI is a Class 4 felony.
If you or someone you know has been accused of DUI, don’t go through it alone. Contact an experienced DUI attorney today.
September 13th, 2013 at 11:35 pm
Common knowledge dictates that the number of DUIs has steadily been declining in recent years. This is true, according to the Illinois DUI Fact Book, released by the office of the secretary of state, Jesse White. In 2009, there were 45,946 arrests for DUI in the state of Illinois, and in 2011, according to the Fact Book, there were 38,704. That’s a decline of nearly 16 percent in just two years, and could be attributed to greater efforts made by the state to not only catch but also to prosecute those slapped with a DUI charge. These same statistics state that 76 percent of DUI offenders are male, with men aged 21–24 ranking with the highest DUI arrest rate, about 17 per 1,000 licensed drivers in the state in 2011. And while all these trends are good news for drivers all across Illinois, there’s another side—a DUI trend on the upswing: women.
According to the Chicago Tribune, “research shows that while the number of male drivers arrested for DUI has seen declines since 1995, the number of female drivers arrested has been rising.” In 2011, women drivers accounted for nearly a quarter of all nationwide arrests for DUI, “compared with about 10 percent in the early 1980s,” according to the Tribune. Cathy Stanley, a former addictions counselor and current Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists’ supervisor, told the Tribune that the increase could be due in part to the sluggish economic situation. “The multiple demands of career, mother, home manager, community volunteer, and related roles became particularly acute in the recession,” she said.
It’s not that women haven’t been alcoholics, Stanley told the Tribune, but with the recession, “more of them are working and so we’re seeing more of them on the roads,” she said. According to the Illinois DUI Fact Book, 85 percent of all people arrested for DUI are first-time offenders. If Stanley’s reasoning is correct, it can be deduced that several of these first-time offenders were women.
If you or someone you know has been accused of DUI, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Chicago-area DUI attorney today.
September 7th, 2013 at 9:11 am
Labor Day weekend is typically known as the last ‘official’ weekend of summer. Along with the parties can cookouts comes the stepped-up traffic enforcement details, including roadside safety checks and late-night seat belt enforcement zones.
This Labor Day, more than 10,000 police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country will be out in force to crackdown on impaired drivers for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown.
At a recent press announcement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “”Drunk driving remains a serious, deadly crime that all too often destroys the lives of innocent victims. We’re sending a message today that we will not tolerate drunk driving, so if you have had too much to drink, don’t get behind the wheel.”
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, nearly 10,000 people are dying each year in drunken driving crashes: 27 people a day or one person every 53 minutes. Other statistics include:
- In 2011, 3,371 people were killed in DUI crashes who were not the drunk driver.
- 1,612 were passengers in a drunk driver’s vehicle, many of them too young to drive, including 91 children under the age of 15 years old.
- 1,049 were motorists of other vehicles involved in a crash with a drunk driver.
- 710 were pedestrians or bicyclists.
- 6,507 were the drunk drivers themselves.
Here in Illinois, the Department of Transportation will partner with the Chicago Police Department, Illinois State Police and the NHTSA to educate the community about smart ways to travel this weekend, all part of the continued Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
If you are arrested and accused of driving under the influence, contact an experienced Chicago-area DUI attorney to represent you. Even a first-time offender faces loss of license and serious fines and penalties if convicted.