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.
For example, troopers with the Illinois State Police arrived at the scene of a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 90 on a recent Tuesday evening around 6:25 p.m. They discovered the 23-year-old driver suffered serious injuries, including the partial loss of one of his feet. He was reportedly in fair condition the following day.
Authorities accuse the man of driving under the influence of drugs. Supposedly, troopers found drug paraphernalia and cannabis. The man is also accused of improper lane use, not wearing a seat belt and failing to reduce his speed in order to avoid an accident. He allegedly was also not in possession of his driver's license or proof of insurance at the time of the crash.
Just because the Illinois State Police filed charges against this man does not mean he will be convicted. Prosecutors will need to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law, as they would in any other DUI or DWI case regardless of whether it allegedly involves drugs or alcohol. It would be beneficial to involve an attorney as quickly as possible to help find the best resolution possible that provides the least impact on the life of the accused.
Source: dailyherald.com, "Injured Cary man charged with DUI on I-90", Eric Peterson, March 8, 2017