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Woman gets 30 months probation in DUI-related crash

The lives of several people took an unexpected turn on May 18, 2016 at around 2:10 a.m. That is when a multiple-vehicle accident occurred due to a wrong-way driver. The driver responsible for the crash recently received a sentence of 30 months' probation after pleading guilty to DUI in an Illinois court.

The car doesn't have to be moving for a DUI or DWI

Most Illinois residents are aware that they can be charged with driving under the influence or driving while impaired after a traffic stop. However, what if the engine is off and the vehicle is not moving? Can the person sitting behind the wheel still be charged with DUI or DWI? The simple answer is yes.

DUI or DWI can aggravate charges in a fatal crash

Most Illinois residents understand the danger of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Unfortunately, many of them continue to do so and risk causing a fatal accident. If a driver involved in a fatal crash is also accused of DUI or DWI, the charges and penalties could increase.

Drugs could result in a DUI or DWI arrest just like alcohol

When Illinois law enforcement officers initiate a traffic stop or investigate an accident, they check to see whether the driver is somehow impaired. If an officer believes he or she has sufficient suspicion to make an arrest for DUI or DWI, it could be due to the use of alcohol or drugs. These charges are not exclusive to those believed to be intoxicated.

4 things to know about field sobriety tests

A police officer pulled you over a night out drinking with your friends at the bar. Your heart drops when you see those flashing lights because you know what is likely going to happen. One step in the traffic stop might be having you complete a field sobriety test to determine if you are likely impaired. You must understand some basic points related to this test if you plan to fight the drunk driving charge that might follow.

Don't be so quick to plead guilty to DUI or DWI

Were you pulled over and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving here in Illinois? The officer more than likely told you that your breath test indicated your blood alcohol content was .08 or higher and/or you failed a field sobriety test. This might persuade you to plead guilty to a DUI or DWI, but don't be hasty. Just because you were arrested does not mean that a conviction will result. 

DUI charges following harrowing accident involving school bus

An Illinois driver is facing criminal charges after a recent motor vehicle accident. The woman is accused of DUI after the van she was driving hit the side of a school bus while traveling along the highway. The bus was carrying students to a high school basketball game at the time of the accident, and the impact caused the vehicle to roll over onto its side.

What rights do you have during a traffic stop?

Broadly speaking, our criminal defense law firm recommends cooperating with police during a traffic stop. However, cooperation does not mean waiving one’s rights. The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable, warrantless searches and seizures. Accordingly, a driver does not have to consent to his or her vehicle being searched, absent other circumstances.

Potential Penalties for DUI in Peoria, Illinois

Driving under the influence is something that is both highly discouraged, and against the law in Peoria, Illinois and across the nation. However, the reality is that it happens. Police know this and keep a watchful eye out for those they believe may be driving under the influence. If a person is convicted of a DUI, the penalties they face are dependent on various factors including the level of intoxication, whether or not they are considered repeat offenders, the number of convictions they have, whether the offender is under 21, and whether the DUI was concurrent with a traffic accident that resulted in a significant injury to another person.

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