Archive for the ‘suspension’ tag
December 7th, 2012 at 9:54 pm
People are arrested every day in Illinois for drunk driving. According to statistics from Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, 48,113 people were arrested in 2008, 45,946 arrested in 2009 and 41,900 were arrested in 2010. In many cases, a person’s first DUI arrest can be a sobering experience. But that doesn’t seem to be the case for 54 year-old Juan Diaz. The Elgin man, who has at least 15 DUI convictions, was just recently arrested and charged again after witnesses observed him driving erratically on I-90 west and called police. Diaz’s van was swerving and crossed the line onto on-coming traffic several times.
Diaz failed field sobriety tests and was brought to the station for booking. He gave police several different names and several different birth dates. When police ran his prints in the system, they discovered the multitude of DUI convictions.
According to a report in the Chicago Sun Times, police believe Diaz may have used as many as 8 different aliases over the years. His history includes four Illinois driver’s licenses, 15 DUI convictions, four convictions for driving on a revoked license and several warrants issued for his arrest.
For this latest offense, Diaz has been charged with a Class X felony, which is punishable by six to 30 years in prison. He is also facing two other variations of felony DUIs (DUI on a suspended license and DUI without insurance), felony aggravated driving with a revoked license after four or more driving with a revoked license charges, misdemeanor DUI, and driving without insurance. He is currently being held on $250,000 bond.
In Illinois, a first-time DUI conviction may be able to avoid license suspension by undergoing court supervision and using a Monitoring Device Driving Permit. If you have been charged with drunk driving, contact an experienced Chicago DUI attorney to represent you.