First, there is always an increased risk of being involved in an accident when a driver gets behind the wheel after drinking. However, there are times when the accidents in such situations are not the fault of an intoxicated driver, but instead are the fault of another party. Regardless, when Illinois police investigate the scene, the suspected DUI driver could still face a criminal charge even without having caused the crash.
A 16-year-old boy was recently taken off life support at an Illinois hospital. He suffered critical and life-threatening injuries when a car struck him as he rode his bike. The driver allegedly responsible failed to remain at the scene at the time of the accident. After the teen's death, prosecutors announced that they will upgrade the charges against the driver to include a charge for causing a fatal accident, along with a DUI charge.
One of the things that many Illinois residents complain about when it comes to the way courts may handle charges for driving under the influence is that the root of the problem does not receive the attention it needs. Alcohol treatment classes are temporary and do not provide the incentives many people need to remain sober, so they may end up as repeat offenders. However, one county is trying out some new technology for smartphones that could keep a DUI conviction off an individual's record.
Fatal car accidents happen far too often here in Illinois and elsewhere under a variety of circumstances. In some cases, the crashes occur due to unforeseeable events, but in others, the outcome could have been predicted. Drinking or taking drugs before getting behind the wheel can aggravate any charges filed in connection with an alleged DUI-related crash since there is an assumption that engaging in this type of behavior automatically puts people's lives in danger, and the driver does not care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.