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Man Charged with DUI after Slamming into Cop Car

January 23rd, 2014 at 10:41 am

Alex Tapia-Aguilar, 34, of Round Lake, was charged with drunken driving and arrested after slamming into a police car while intoxicated, according to the Chicago Tribune. Tapia-Aguilar was driving on the wrong side of the road when he hit the squad car, and injured a police officer in the process. He is now facing “two counts each of aggravated driving under the influence and DUI,” according to the Chicago Tribune. “After the crash, the officer had to climb out of his window to stop Tapia-Aguilar because of the extent of the damage to his vehicle,” the Tribune reports. The officer was taken to Vista Health System, treated for his injuries, and released. Tapia-Aguilar refused medical help at the scene.

DUI Police Crash IMAGEDamage to both cars was extensive, the Tribune reports. It isn’t clear if sobriety tests were administered immediately following the crash, but Tapia-Aguilar told police that “he thought the car might have been delivering papers,” according to the Tribune. Tapia-Aguilar was also “charged with driving without a valid driver’s license, driving without insurance, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and criminal damage to state-supported property,” the Tribune reports.

Aggravated DUI carries a heavier punishment than DUI, according to the 2014 Illinois DUI Factbook. “Any mandatory term of imprisonment or community service is not subject to suspension or reduction,” the Factbook states. An aggravated DUI can apply to a number of different scenarios including (but not limited to):

  • A third or subsequent DUI
  • DUI committed while driving a school bus carrying one or more persons age 18 or younger
  • DUI resulting in great bodily harm
  • DUI committed without a valid license
  • DUI committed without car insurance
  • DUI committed after a previous conviction for reckless homicide while DUI
  • DUI resulting in death

Illinois is a Zero Tolerance state, which means that if you’re pulled over and your BAC measures .01 or greater you can be ticketed. To have a BAC of .01 a normal adult of any weight needs only to consume one drink in an hour.

If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI in Chicago, don’t go through it alone. Contact Ramsell & Associates today.


Solid DUI Defense Can Grant Second Chances

November 11th, 2013 at 10:01 am

illinois-dui-mistrialThe U.S. legal system is adversarial, which means that prosecutors will do whatever they can to secure a conviction. Fortunately, DUI defense attorneys can help fight back. DUI defense attorneys are legal advocates who will fight for their clients even when they are guilty in the eyes of the public opinion.

Take the case of John Goodman, for example, whom a jury convicted of DUI manslaughter for causing the death of a young man driving home from college. The details of the crash were gruesome: Mr. Goodman was going at twice the posted speed limit when it ran a stop sign and hit the other vehicle, sending it into a drainage canal. As the car filled up with water, Mr. Goodman decided to flee instead of going to the young driver’s assistance. The young driver drowned.

Not surprisingly, Mr. Goodman was guilty in the eyes of public opinion even before trial began. Mr. Goodman, however, had a true advocate on his side. His defense attorney rose to the daunting task and stuck by Goodman’s side to the end, making sure that he received the best defense possible. During the trial, his attorney was able to secure Mr. Goodman’s release to house arrest instead of jail, not an easy task considering the high profile of the case.

Even after a jury found Mr. Goodman guilty, his attorney never stopped fighting for his client. Through the attorney’s efforts, it became known that one of jurors had engaged in some questionable conduct. This allowed the defense attorney to ask the judge to declare a mistrial, which the judge did and Mr. Goodman will have a new trial in front of an untainted jury.

Independently of whether Mr. Goodman was guilty, his case is a prime example of how a DUI defense advocate can make sure that all legal remedies are exhausted. If you have been charged with a DUI, make sure that an Illinois DUI defense attorney fights for you.

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