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Man Charged in Fatal Crash

June 14th, 2013 at 11:27 am

Man Charged in Fatal Crash IMAGEBenjamin J. Black, 28, of Sycamore, was arrested in May in connection with the February crash that killed 11-year-old Matthew Ranken, according to the Chicago Tribune. Black “had heroin in his system when he caused a chain-reaction” incident, in which he “failed to stop for a line of cars that were halted because of another crash.” Several other motorists were also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Black’s arrest is just one of many in the Chicago area involving heroin use. According to ABC Local Chicago, “heroin addiction is a growing problem across Illinois” and law enforcement, doctors, family members of community leaders are “trying to confront the problem.”

And it’s not just in the inner city that heroin use is a growing problem, according to ABC Local. One retired Chicago police officer, John Roberts, had moved his family from the city to the suburbs upon retirement, and it was there that his “son started using heroin and eventually died from an overdose,” reports ABC Local. Roberts told ABC that he “was shocked that he did not know how dangerous it was. And I was shocked that many other kids his age were involved with drugs and heroin.”

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics and reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “more than 16 percent of weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter medications. More than 11 percent tested positive for illicit drugs.” A different study, according to the NIDA, found that in Maryland, 34 percent of car accident victims tested positive for drugs only, while only 16 percent tested positive for alcohol only. The institute notes that because this represents only one geographic location, findings cannot be generalized, but the numbers are concurrent with a spike in illicit drug use in the Chicago area.

Black has been charged with aggravated DUI and faces incarceration if convicted. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime such as this, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Chicago-area DUI attorney today.

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Super Bowl Arrests Declining Throughout The Years

February 17th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

MelissaAccording to this article from the Northwest Indiana Times, the number of arrests occurring on Super Bowl Sunday is steadily decreasing every year.

In the past, special patrols and checkpoints were set up, assuming there’d be more impaired drivers on the road after celebrating at a bar or party. However, many police forces in Chicago and Northwest Indiana only added a couple of patrols, checkpoints, or drive-bys. Some forces, such as those in Lansing or Lowell, did not plan on having any additional patrols out.

“It’s pretty quiet down here,” Lowell Police Chief John Shelhart stated. “People go to friends’ houses. There’s not a lot of bar traffic.”

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said usually extra patrols will be designated if the sports team is local. He mentioned that when the Chicago Blackhawks were playing for the Stanley Cup, they expected a lot more people to be out and celebrating. Since the teams for this year’s Super Bowl weren’t local, he figured it would be a night similar to any other. He also said that since he’s been on the force, he doesn’t remember any special or unique incidents occurring specifically on Super Bowl Sunday.

No matter what day it is, there are many options available to you if you decide to go out and drink. Calling a taxi or a sober friend, using mass transit, or sleeping it off if you’re at a friend’s house are all good options. As the police motto states: “you drink, you drive, you lose.” If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you will need the help of a knowledgeable lawyer to work on your case. Our firm has defended over 12,000 clients and has over 50 years of experience combined. Contact one of our offices in Rolling Meadows, Naperville, or Wheaton today.

Drunk Driving Victim Cashing In

December 21st, 2012 at 8:01 pm

As reported by the Chicago Tribune, Richard Chang and his wife, Leeann, are just one of four lawsuits that has been levied against the city of Chicago as a result of a May 2011 crash.

Dwight Washington, who is now a former city worker, was behind the wheel of a pickup truck and was on duty at the time. He was driving his duty truck under the influence when he drove the truck onto a crowded sidewalk in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Upon inspection of the scene, an open bottle of alcohol was found in the city truck that Washington was driving. He was also found to have a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit. His blood alcohol level was at 0.183 percent at the time of the accident.

Robert Chang was pinned under the truck sustaining injuries that have deemed him disabled. He also suffered brain damage. His wife was also injured but her injuries were far less severe than those of her husband. The case has been settled with a $6.25 million award that has already been endorsed by the Financial Committee. It is reported that Chang has already amassed over half a million dollars in medical expenses.

Washington entered a plea of guilty on the four counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol that was levied against him. He is now serving a nine year prison term in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

While it is never advisable to get behind the wheel of any vehicle after having drinks, our judgment is often clouded after drinking and this is what leads to situations such as this. If you find yourself behind the wheel and subsequently under arrest as a result of driving under the influence, you need to retain an experienced Illinois DUI lawyer to represent your case.

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