Archive for the ‘dui’ 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.”
December 30th, 2013 at 7:26 pm
Jeffrey Smith, 26, of South Wolcott Avenue, has been charged in a drunk driving Christmas Eve crash that killed his 8-year-old daughter. According to the Chicago Tribune. Smith, who was driving a Chevrolet sedan, struck a curb and then rammed into a tree. His daughter, Lauren, was “trapped in the car when it rolled over on its side,” the Tribune reports. Her father was also critically injured and as of December 27 was still in the hospital. Regardless, Smith was “charged with a felony count of aggravated DUI and was also cited for negligent driving, failure to reduce speed and failure to adhere to child restraint regulations,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
Lauren’s mother, Loressa Hall, was skeptical that Lauren’s father was drunk at the time of the accident, telling the Tribune that Smith is a devoted father “who she believes would not have had more than a single drink,” knowing that he’d have to drive Lauren. Police say that it is doubtful that Lauren had been wearing seatbelt at the time of the crash. According to a different Tribune article, the “3rd grader was looking forward to opening presents, especially a karaoke machine, as she returned from a Christmas Eve family dinner in the south suburbs.” They were on their way to Lauren’s grandmother’s house at the time of the crash. “Firefighters freed Lauren in 20 minutes” from the mangled car, reports the Tribune, “but their efforts to save her life were unsuccessful.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and reported by LifeSafer.com, “data shows that the daily death toll from drunk driving during the holiday season is significantly more than the rest of the year.” Between 2001 and 2005, for example, there were an average of 36 deaths per day resulting from an alcohol-related crash. “That number increases to 45 per day during the Christmas period and jumps to 54 per day over New Year’s holiday,” according to LifeSafer.com.
If you or someone you know has been accused of DUI or involved in a DUI crash in Chicago, the most important first step is to seek legal counsel. Don’t go through it alone. Contact Ramsell & Associates, Attorneys at Law today.