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DUI defense: Fatal crash leads to DUI charges for Illinois driver

Illinois laws are tough on drunk driving, especially when DUI leads to an accident that causes grave or fatal injuries. In this situation, a driver could face criminal charges that, if convicted, could result in decades behind bars. Drivers facing these types of criminal allegations will need to focus on developing a strong criminal defense strategy. 

A recent fatal accident involving an allegedly intoxicated driver serves as a reminder of the consequences drivers can face if convicted of causing harm to others in a drunk driving accident. In this specific situation, the accused was behind the wheel when his vehicle crashed into a fire truck. The person who was riding in the front seat of the SUV died from injuries suffered in the crash. At the time of the accident, the fire truck was parked on the side of the road to help with another vehicle accident that happened earlier. 

Did the police officer have a valid reason to pull you over?

Are you facing drunk driving charges in Illinois? If you find yourself in this situation, you understand the stakes are high and the penalties you are up against are steep. It is beneficial to start working on your defense strategy as soon as possible after an arrest, but where should you start?

Many people facing drunk driving charges make the mistake of assuming there is no point in fighting back. Whether it is your first offense or you have previous offenses on your record, a guilty plea or conviction is never your only option. With the right defense strategy, you can fight to protect your future interests and personal freedoms.

DUI defense: Illinois man facing felony DUI charges

Police in Downers Grove arrested the man they say killed a high school student as she was crossing a road near the school. Impairment is believed to have contributed to this event. As such, this individual has been charged with felony DUI and reckless driving. As fighting felony level charges in an Illinois criminal court is a difficult task, the accused can turn to an experienced DUI defense attorney for assistance.

According to reports, the 16-year-old was in the crosswalk on Main Street at approximately 11 a.m., on Feb. 19, when she was struck by the accused, a 51-year-old male. The victim is said to have had the signal to cross. The accused allegedly ran a red light heading southbound when he hit her.

2 Illinois residents charged with drug crimes

Two people were arrested in Pleasant Hill on Feb. 5 for alleged involvement in drug activity, according to local police. Illinois authorities detained a 37-year-old woman and the 36-year-old man for alleged drug crimes, including possession of methamphetamine. No trial date was referenced in the report. 

According to police, a search warrant was issued for the couple's home in Pleasant Hill. Officers searched the premises as of 3 p.m., and they say they seized a variety of possible drug-related items. This list included drug paraphernalia, currency of an unknown amount, plastic baggies consistent with resale and prescription medications. No mention was made of methamphetamine being discovered in the home. 

Illinois drug crimes: Charged with drug possession?

The state of Illinois is working hard to keep controlled substances off the streets. Anyone found possessing, manufacturing or selling illegal drugs may face a number of consequences that can totally upend their life if they are convicted. This week, this column will go over drug possession laws, what is needed for prosecuting attorneys to obtain convictions in such cases and what defense options there are when fighting this type of charge.

To be charged with drug possession, police must find an individual with a drug on his or her person, in his or her vehicle, in his or her home or in one's general vicinity. A criminal charge of possession does not mean a conviction is guaranteed. To be convicted on a possession charge, the following elements must exist in one's case:

  • Illegal drug identified
  • The accused knowingly possessed the illegal drug
  • The drug was in the accused's immediate control

Managing partner named to 2019 Rising Stars list

Our managing partner, Jeremy Wang, was just selected to the prestigious 2019 Rising Stars list for Illinois.

This honor places him on an exclusive list of top performing attorneys who are within their first ten years of legal practice. No more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state are selected for this list.

Your night out at the club could result in criminal charges

You may be someone who enjoys going out on the weekends or even treating yourself to a fun evening on a weekday. Spending time with your friends may be one way you allow yourself to relax after a stressful day or week at work. Of course, it is important to remember to stay within the confines of the law while combating stress.

One activity you may enjoy is going to local Illinois bars or clubs that allow you to get a few drinks, dance or participate in other activities. While these places and activities can certainly result in a fun outing without serious consequences, you may want to remain aware that partaking in certain activities at a club could result in harm to yourself or even criminal charges.

Drug crimes charged after traffic stop for speeding

When Illinois police make a traffic stop, it is not uncommon for the situation to escalate to something more than a speeding ticket or a warning about a malfunctioning brake light. Law enforcement officers often take full advantage of the moments when they are standing outside a vehicle to obtain as much information as possible about the people inside. Sometimes that information becomes probable cause for arrest for drug crimes.

Recently, officers stopped a vehicle around 11 p.m. because the driver allegedly committed several traffic offenses. When police approached the car, they claim the smell of marijuana permeated the air. Reportedly, when they asked the driver for identification, the 24-year-old man gave them a fake name. Police say he was wanted on several outstanding warrants and apparently did not want police to arrest him.

DUI evaluation can impact license reinstatement

Losing one's driver's license because of a DUI conviction often means months of inconvenience, embarrassment and frustration. Every day is a reminder of the mistake that cost the driver his or her license and perhaps other consequences as well. Driver's license reinstatement is an important step in an Illinois driver getting his or her life back on track. However, the process is complicated.

As soon as the one has completed his or her penalties and the sentence of revocation comes to an end, the driver may begin the process of applying for license reinstatement. The first step is to obtain a DUI evaluation. This evaluation is performed by a licensed agent in compliance with Illinois law. The evaluation will show the Secretary of State the perceived risk a driver carries if he or she regains driving privileges.

Traffic violations include parking in reserved spaces

This holiday season, those in Illinois and beyond will likely be rushing to check off everything on their to-do lists. Preparing for parties, dinners and gift-giving means spending a lot of time shopping, and nothing can be more frustrating when one is in a hurry than circling a crowded parking lot looking for a place to park. However, drivers who are tempted to slip into an empty space reserved for drivers and passengers with handicaps may find themselves facing the penalties for traffic violations.

Police across the state have announced their intentions to enforce handicap parking restrictions this holiday season to prevent able-bodied drivers from taking spaces others may need. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires merchants to reserve spaces nearest to the building for those who may have difficulty walking or who use a wheelchair. To utilize these spaces, a driver or passenger must have special license plates or a temporary placard, which is assigned to an individual, not to a vehicle.

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