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Top Reasons You Shouldn’t Drink and Drive This Weekend

The prevalence of drinking and driving in the state of Illinois is staggering. When you consider that the penalties for a DUI charge can involve a fine, vehicle impoundment, a suspended driver’s license for a year or more as well as imprisonment, it’s difficult to understand why anyone would take the risk and get behind the wheel when they are impaired. Nonetheless every year thousands of people in the state choose to engage in the life-threatening activity. Not only is…

Improper Lane Usage & DUI – Drunk Driving

What is improper lane use? According to Ask – “Improper lane use is driving in and out of traffic in order to jump ahead of cars. Changing lanes without properly signaling where you are going to go is another example of improper lane usage”.  http://www.ask.com/question/what-is-improper-lane-use Below is an excerpt from Trib Local – Orland Park & Homer Glen, These are two south suburban suburbs of Chicago. We have bolded/highlighted the DUI’s that involved DUI charges along with improper lane use.…

What are the penalties for a DUI in Chicago, Illinois?

Penalties for DUI Charge in Chicago, IL If you are caught for drunk driving in Chicago, IL, you could face various penalties. It is important that you are aware of DUI laws in Chicago so that you know how your DUI attorney will be able to help you. In Chicago, you could be charged for drinking under influence if your blood alcohol content or BAC is 0.08 or above. This automatically implies that you could be arrested for DUI by…

Mike ditka’s son, awaiting dui trial, jailed following drug test

Anyone who has been accused of drunk driving or a similar infraction should be aware of one’s full rights in a court of law. There are many defense strategies that can lead to reduced charges or the dismissal of charges. The son of former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka was briefly jailed Nov. 20 after a judge determined he failed to follow a prohibition on drugs or alcohol while awaiting trial on a drunk driving charge. A judge ordered Ditka’s son,…

Man sentenced to 45 years for dui conviction

Drivers who have been convicted of multiple DUIs can face severe punishments. One Chicago man recently received a sentence of 45 years after he was convicted of his eighth DUI. Because punishments for driving under the influence range from license suspension to prison time, those accused of DUI should have a full understanding of their legal rights to get the best outcomes possible. The 48-year-old Chicago man was convicted of aggravated DUI in an October bench trial and was sentenced last week.…

Woman charged with felony dui

With laws becoming increasingly tough on drunk drivers, being accused of driving under the influence can be quite alarming. Even a first-offense DUI conviction can yield sharp penalties for the defendant, ranging from loss of driving privileges and jail time to probation and steep fines. The penalties incurred for driving while under the influence are enhanced if the person who is accused of DUI is also accused of causing a fatal accident. A 27-year-old Chicago woman was charged recently with two counts…

Recently paroled drunk driver faces second dui charge

Unquestionably strict laws and regulations exist regarding drunk driving. Penalties for DUI indictment include hefty fines and license revocation. These penalties get stiffer with multiple DUI convictions. When faced with a drunk driving charge, the accused should invest a great deal of effort into formulating a robust defense. A man, who had been paroled in June 2011 after serving almost 12 years of a maximum 14-year sentence following a 1999 drunk driving accident, faces yet another charge of driving under the…

Woman charged with dui following an accident near o’hare

All drunk driving charges are not created equally. For example, some DUI charges are misdemeanors and others are felonies. Misdemeanor DUI charges, while still serious, result in fewer penalties including less fines and overall shorter jail sentences. Felony charges, on the other hand, are very serious and can result in long sentences, loss of drivers’ licenses and heavy fines. In Illinois, DUI charges are escalated to felonies in several situations. If a DUI arrest isn’t the person’s first DUI, charges can…

Illinois boating accident leads to dui charges

As winter slowly melts away into spring, people are going to be returning to the great outdoors, particularly to boating on the Chicago area’s many lakes and rivers. As people return to outdoor recreational activities, they should remember that drunk driving charges are not only reserved for cars. When people are boating, they must keep their blood alcohol content level under the legal limit of .08 or they could face criminal charges for driving under the influence. Recently, a man pleaded guilty…

Chicago-area woman arrested on second dui charge

It’s a fact of life — no one is perfect and people make mistakes. One common mistake people make is getting behind the wheel of a car without realizing that they have had too much to drink. When this happens, drunk driving charges can easily follow. While first-offense DUI charges are serious, DUI charges for subsequent drunk driving arrests can be even more severe. For example, in Illinois if a person has two prior DUI charges then any subsequent DUI charge…

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