Archive for the ‘multiple DUIs’ tag
October 8th, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Georgi Grigorov, 34, of Arlington Heights, was “arrested for drunk driving after having six prior DUI convictions under five different aliases” and bond was set at $500,000 in late September, according to the Chicago Tribune. Grigorov was charged with “aggravated driving under the influence, aggravated driving with a suspended license, and unlawful possession of fictitious identification.” Assistant State’s Attorney Moe Ahmad made note at the hearing that Grigorov had been convicted of several previous DUIs, four of which were on “bond forfeiture warrants using different names,” according to the Tribune. Though he did indeed give a false identification card when pulled over for the most recent DUI, police “learned his real identity when they ran his fingerprints through a criminal database,” Ahmad told the Tribune.
Grigorov was driving a BMW when he was arrested, and was initially pulled over for traffic violations. He failed filed sobriety tests administered by first responders to the scene, and refused to take a breath test. Refusal to submit to chemical testing in Illinois results in automatic suspension of driving privileges for 12 months, according to the Illinois DUI Factbook 2013. The Factbook states that, “in 2011, 92 percent of drivers arrested for DUI who refused to submit to or failed chemical testing lost their driving privileges.” Unlike Grigorov’s case, the vast majority of people who refused to submit to chemical testing (85 percent) were first-time DUI offenders.
The lion’s share of people using fake identification cards (such as the one Grigorov used) are teenagers seeking to buy booze illegally, but the punishment is the same across the board. According to NBC Local Chicago, using a fake ID is a class 4 felony in Illinois, punishable by serious jail time. For Grigorov, of course, the fake ID is the least of his worries when compared to the myriad of other very serious charges he’s facing.
June 4th, 2013 at 1:06 pm
Here in the state of Illinois, there are very strict laws regarding driving under the influence. In many cases, you can face license suspensions or revocations, fines, and even jail time. But what happens if you have been pulled over by an officer and charged with your very first DUI?
If you have been pulled over with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you may face some of the following consequences: jail, fines, license suspension, or community service.
For your first DUI, it is possible for you to be looking at up to one year of jail time. However, this sentence can be increased by up to six months if a child under 16 was in the vehicle with you. In regards to fines, you may face up to $2,500. Also keep in mind that you will probably end up paying for legal expenses, which can further increase this amount. A $500 minimum fine can be added to your original fine if your BAC is above 0.16%. Another $1,000 minimum can be added if a child under 16 was in the vehicle.
If charged with a DUI, you could possibly have your license suspended for a minimum of one year, well as a possible vehicle registration suspension. Community service is another likely consequence you will face, with 100 hours minimum if your BAC is over 0.16%, or 25 days if a child under 16 was in the vehicle.
While not as serious as a second or third DUI, your first DUI is still a very serious matter. If you have been charged with a DUI, be sure to contact a dedicated Illinois DUI attorney to represent your case and answer any questions you may have.
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March 3rd, 2013 at 11:06 am
Being caught and punished for one DUI should deter a person from driving under the influence again. Ramifications for an arrest can affect you personally and professionally – which should be enough to scare anyone to not repeat the behavior. To be caught more than once is foolish. However, according to the Chicago Tribune, a person was caught and charged with a DUI five times, and is now awaiting prosecution.
Teofil Pobega, 54, from Mount Prospect was caught for the fifth time driving under the influence in Arlington Heights, Illinois, on Sunday, February 17, 2013. DUI’s are nothing new to him. His DUI arrests span over decades, the first one dating back to 1982. Sunday, police caught him after he was speeding through the city and then given sobriety tests that he failed. Officers then found out his license was revoked making his situation even more serious. He was then immediately taken into custody.
He was charged in the Rolling Meadows branch court with one felony count of aggravated driving under the influence and one aggravated count of driving with a revoked license. Bail was set at $75,000 by the Cook County Circuit Court. If he is convicted for the two charges he could be sent to prison for 15 years.
DUI’s are a serious matter that requires full knowledge of the law. If you have been arrested for a DUI, contact a DUI attorney who can assist you in your legal matters. An Illinois lawyer is here to help you!