Archive for the ‘DUI Attorney’ 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.
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.”
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.”
January 3rd, 2014 at 9:12 am
Dana Holmes claims that a group of law enforcement officers crossed the line during her DUI arrest last May. Holmes says that she was mistreated, degraded, and required to go through a strip search after she was arrested for driving under the influence in LaSalle County. If you have been arrested for a DUI, it is important to note that you have rights and that mistreatment can affect the outcome of your case. Speak with a licensed DUI attorney for further details.
Holmes has video surveillance to back up her allegations, too. Tape from the arrest demonstrates four officers lifting her and carrying her into a jail cell where they put her face down on the floor and removed her clothes. Holmes admits to feeling helpless and scared during the process. Generally, officers of the same sex are the only ones allowed to remove clothing from an arrested individual. The usual procedure for doing this also requires supervisor permission and the use of a secluded area.
La Salle County Board attorney determined that the officers intentionally performed a strip search, but not with the goal of searching. After Holmes was required to strip, she was placed in a tear-proof suit and put into a padded room, a move the officers involved say was for her own protection. LaSalle County officials are standing behind the officers responsible for the strip search, arguing that these individuals did nothing wrong and were only carrying out the responsibilities of their jobs.
Mistreatment during the arrest led Holmes to fear that others would return to her cell to sexually abuse her. Even following an arrest, you have rights. If you were cooperative during a DUI arrest and an officer or officers took advantage of that situation, you need to discuss your case directly with a knowledgeable Illinois DUI attorney.