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Other Alcohol-Related DUI Charges

October 25th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Although many people immediately associate a DUI with being pulled over and failing (or refusing to take) a breathalyzer test, there are some other common alcohol charges that might be linked to your case. When combined with a DUI charge, you can face increased fines and jail time if convicted. If you have been pulled over for a DUI and been informed about additional charges, seek the assistance of an Illinois DUI attorney sooner rather than later. Fines for DUIs and related issues are serious and you need someone who will fight for you in court.

 Providing alcohol to individuals under the age of 21 carries stiff penalties. If you are found guilty of this charge, you could be imprisoned for up to one year and can face penalties up to $2,500. If you are found to be illegally transporting alcoholic beverages in your vehicle, a point violation will be linked to your record, you could pay a fine of up to $1,000, and if it’s your second conviction in a one-year period, your driver’s license may be suspended. Failing a chemical test on its own leads to a one-year driver’s license suspension and refusing to submit to the chemical tests leads to a three-year suspension, so this added penalties can have a serious impact on your future.

If arrested under the age of 21 for drunk driving, the consequences are even more serious. With statistics on the record that drivers under the legal drinking age are 10% of all licensed drivers but connected with 17% of fatal alcohol crashes, Illinois State Police and local police are committed to a zero tolerance policy for teenage drinking and driving.

If you have been charged with a DUI or other alcohol-related offenses, you need an attorney you can trust. Don’t leave your future up to chance- hire an experienced Illinois DUI lawyer today.

Short-Term and Long-Term DUI Consequences in Illinois

October 23rd, 2013 at 10:58 am

There are strict penalties for being convicted of a DUI, but there are also consequences that extend beyond the initial punishments. Being pulled over and arrested for DUI may have significant impacts on your life, so you need to retain a DUI attorney immediately.

 DuPage County DUI lawyerOn a first offense, you might face up to 1 year of jail time for your conviction. If there was a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle, you may be given additional jail time of up to 6 months. Fines can range as high as $2,500 on a first offense with additional fines for children in the car at the time. Additional consequences for a first time arrest include license suspension, the implementation of a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (which must be used to start the vehicle), community service, and vehicle registration suspension. Additional offenses carry longer jail time opportunities, higher fines and community service requirements, and may result in a suspended license over a longer period of time.

A DUI conviction is serious, and those who are convicted might experience an array of other consequences as a result. A conviction becomes a permanent part of an offender’s driver record. The individual convicted may lose work time and have to complete community service hours in addition to their regular work schedule. Offenders are mandated to complete a drug and alcohol education course or treatment program before getting driving privileges back, either. The vehicle registration will be suspended and the individual convicted will be required to purchase high-risk automobile insurance for a period of three years. Finally, the Illinois Secretary of State has certain requirements in order for a convicted individual to get their driving privileges back after they have completed other punishments and courses. Since a DUI conviction can have such a strong influence on an individual’s life, it’s recommended that you contact an Illinois DUI attorney as soon as possible after your arrest.

Charges Re-filed in DUI Death

September 28th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

The Alton Telegraph is reporting that a 54 year-old Whitehall man is facing charges again that he drunkenly caused a vehicle accident that killed a female passenger.

KerryA charge of aggravated driving under the influence has been filed against James McEvers for the November 2011 death of 23-year-old Alisha Connors of Roodhouse.

In the original accident report, Illinois State Police said that McEvers was driving on County Road 850 E north of County Road 1850 N near Belltown.  At approximately 11 p.m., his vehicle left the road at a curve in the road. Police said McEvers overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to cross back over the road and slam into a ditch.

Connors was not wearing a seat belt. McEvers was wearing a seat belt and he and another passenger were not injured, according to the report. At the time of the accident, McEvers was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane use.

At the time the original charges were filed, former Greene County State’s Attorney Matt Goetten says he had to drop the charge because a key witness was on medical leave. Goetten, who is now with the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s office, was concerned he would not be able to bring the case to trial within the statutory time limit, and has now re-filed the charges.

McEvers is currently free on $50,000 bond. Aggravated DUI in Illinois is a Class 4 Felony. If convicted, a person faces a loss of full driving privileges for a minimum of 1 year, possible imprisonment for up to 12 years and a maximum fine of $25,000. If you’ve been charged with DUI, contact an experienced Illinois DUI attorney to ensure your rights are protected in the criminal court system.

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