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Illinois state representative arranges DUI defense

A state representative who was pulled over for suspected drunk driving earlier in May is facing charges that could jeopardize his position. Illinois Representative Steve Reick was arrested in Springfield on May 1. He was slated to make his first court appearance on May 30, where his attorney will begin the process of presenting a DUI defense. 

According to the police report, the representative was seen driving between 15 and 20 mph over the speed limit. He also allegedly committed a turn signal violation, and was subsequently pulled over by Illinois State Police troopers. Officers say his pickup truck struck the curb when he pulled over. The man allegedly told officers he was not aware of the legal blood alcohol limit in Illinois, and admitted to having "too much to drink." He then submitted to both a roadside sobriety and breath test. 

Illinois state representative charged with DUI

For the second time in just over a month, a state representative is under fire for alleged drunk driving. Representative Steven Reick was arrested by Illinois State Police in the early morning of May 2, and is now facing multiple charges, including DUI. Reick is the second state official recently charged with drunk driving, after the March 29 charges against Representative Kam Buckner. 

According to the report, the representative was pulled over for traveling some 15 to 20 mph above the speed limit. ISP troopers claim their suspicion was raised when they observed him improperly using a turn signal. He was cited for speeding, improper turn signal use and drunk driving, though it is unclear from this report whether he refused a breath test on the scene. He was booked into a county jail sometime after 1 a.m. and was later released.

Speeding ticket? Don't rush to pay that fine

If you are like many these days, your time is precious. You have many things to do and few hours in a day. A disruption in your schedule can send your whole day off track. For example, if a train or school bus slows you down, you may feel the need to make up time to get to your appointments.

Pushing the limits may be how you get so much done in a day. Perhaps this is one reason why speeding tickets are something with which you are all too familiar. Your busy schedule may also be the reason why you are inclined to pay your ticket and skip the court date. However, while this may save you time for now, it can place your future at risk.

Illinois man charged with multiple drug crimes

A man from Dupo is facing serious felony charges after being accused of importing illegal drugs. Illinois authorities arrested and charged the man on March 29 with drug crimes, including possession, trafficking and manufacturing. He is currently in police custody against a bail of $400,000. The case is still under active investigation, and no trial date has been set.

According to the information provided by police in St. Clair County, the 24-year-old man is believed to have been mailed MDMA, the proper name for the street drug ecstasy, from Belgium. They believe the package arrived on March 27, though the report did not include the amount of the alleged drugs in the package. It is also unclear how the arrest was conducted. 

Father rushing to hospital charged for traffic violations

When faced with an emergency situation, many individuals may put the law out of their minds. While they may not intend to put others in harm's way, they could still face a serious predicament if officers accuse them of traffic violations. However, the situation does not have to end there, and a person may want to consider fighting against allegations.

One man in Illinois will likely want to defend against accusations of traffic violations that were recently brought against him. The man had reportedly been speeding and driving without a valid license while trying to take his daughter to an emergency room. Apparently, the 1-year-old child was choking on a penny. The man stated that the only thing on his mind at the time was getting his child to the hospital.

DUI defense: Illinois man faces charges

A man in Glendale Heights is facing serious charges following a fatal car accident believed to be predicated on intoxication. The 21-year-old Illinois resident is charged with aggravated DUI and reckless homicide after the accident that claimed two lives early on March 20. His attorney will review the facts of the case in advance of a trial date in order to build a strong homicide and DUI defense. 

According to Kane County police, the accident happened around 1:40 a.m. when the man allegedly lost control of his vehicle on a roadway. His car collided with another passenger car carrying two individuals, a 26-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man. The force of the impact killed both people, and county coroners have begun the autopsy process. The woman has been confirmed to have died from multiple injuries, while the man's autopsy had not yet begun as of the date of the media report. 

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. 

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