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Illinois Bills Laser in on Boating DUIs

January 7th, 2014 at 10:23 am

illinois boating dui lawyerLegislators in Illinois are evaluating multiple measures to increase safety in the state’s waterways, including one bill that increases the penalties for those operating a boat under the influence. Penalties for DUIs across the state include fines, license suspension, and possible jail time. Obtaining a DUI lawyer as quickly as possible after your arrest is crucial for your case.

Under the new suggested bill, anyone caught operating a boat under the influence of intoxicants would face an immediate driver’s license suspension for a period of three months. Sponsored by state Senator Julie Morrison, the bill was spurred by the death of new nephew in 2012. Anthony Borcia was 10 years old when he fell off a tube and was struck by a boat.

The boat driver was charged with aggravated driving under the influence of drugs. The new law amends the Boat Registration and Safety Act so that any person operating a watercraft in the state who is involved in a boating accident automatically gives their consent to chemical testing for determining intoxicating substances in the body.

A separate measure currently in consideration would require individuals born after January 1, 1990 will need to go through a boating safety course in order to get a certificate from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Right now, the only individuals required to have a safety certificate to operate a boat are those people between the ages of 12 and 18 who are on a boat without a parent or guardian. The final piece of legislation being evaluated requires any boat operators towing a person behind the watercraft to use an orange flag on the boat.

Being arrested for a DUI in Illinois, whether it’s on the road or on the water, can lead to serious consequences. Make sure that you are informed of your rights and have discussed your case with an Illinois DUI attorney.

Governor of Illinois Makes DUI Laws Stronger

October 6th, 2012 at 8:00 am

Governor Pat Quinn was visiting the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police conference in August in order to sign a new regulations aimed at stopping the illegal uses of alcohol.  The first law that was signed increases the penalty for repeat DUI offenders.  It also directs the fines taken as part of DUI sentencing into a special fund to help local law enforcement.  These funds, which used to be funneled into the municipal government, will now be used for alcohol related crime prevention.

“More than 40 percent of traffic deaths in Illinois are a result of drunk driving.  Every 30 minutes, someone in America dies because of an impaired driver and every two minutes, someone is injured. This law will strengthen local law enforcement’s efforts to reduce these incidents,” said ILACP President Timothy J. Swanson, Chief of Municipal Policing for the Kankakee County Sheriffs Police.

Governor Quinn also signed a bill that focuses on underage drinking and the possible DUI accidents that occur when teens get behind the wheel.  Now, if an adult is guilty of permitting minors to drink alcohol while at the adult’s property, they can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $500.  The charges are increased to a felony if the drinking leads to bodily harm or death, such as a DUI accident.

DUI charges are difficult to beat unless you have the expertise of a DUI attorney who is referred to as a super lawyer in Illinois.  An attorney can guide you through the difficulties of dealing with charges and the ways of beating the sentencing.  Don’t wait to begin working up your case, contact an experienced DUI defense attorney in Wheaton today.

Woman Driver Suspected of DUI Caused Three Accidents

September 20th, 2012 at 4:57 am

A woman from Downers Grove, Allison Smolinski, has been charged in connection to three separate accidents which occurred on the same night last winter.  Yet, this is not the first time that Smolinski has made her way through the legal system.  When she crashed her car into a house on January 10, she was on parole for a burglary conviction in Kane County from 2007.  She had received 30 months of probation after being placed in a pre-trial diversion program and filing a plea agreement.  Also she was incarcerated for a time when she broke her parole agreement.

On that winter’s night, Smolinski was drunk driving and ran her car into a Wheaton family’s living room near the intersection of Farnham Road and Huntleigh Court.  Luckily, no one was in the room at the time of the accident so no one was hurt.  Most of the family was watching the television in a different room.  Smolinski’s neck was injured when her 1997 Nissan Pathfinder ricocheted off of a tree and into the house and was ejected from the vehicle.  Her passenger, a 27-year-old man, suffered a gash to his head.

Before this accident occurred, Smolinski was linked to at least two other accidents, if not more.  She crashed into a car on highway 290 near Addison, as well as another car on Blanchard Street in Wheaton.  Although hearsay, Smolinski might also be linked to a rollover crash on I-355, some witnesses have reported.  These accidents all occurred within an hour of each other on January 10th.  All the evidence against her resulted in a felony charge of aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm, leaving the scene of an accident, property damage, and driving too fast for conditions.

Judge George J. Bakalis mandated that Smolinski should serve at least 85 percent of a 3 year sentence for her crimes.  DUI crimes are judged very harshly, especially for people who are multiple offenders.  Don’t wait to reach out for help if you find yourself in a similar position.  Contact an experienced DUI defense attorney in DuPage County to consult with you about your case and start building your defense today.

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