Alcohol consumption often brings about changes in people's behavior. For some, it may result in a silliness that others may interpret as being the life of the party. Some who consume alcohol may become morose and sullen while others may react with a quick and violent temper. One common factor in all who consume alcohol is that it increases the likelihood that they will cause an accident when they get behind the wheel. Nevertheless, those facing charges of drunk driving are presumed innocent of the accusations and have the right to a strong DUI defense.
One Illinois man recently had two encounters with law enforcement. The first occurred in the afternoon following a traffic accident. Police responded to a crash involving three vehicles. No injuries were reported, but officers arrested the 41-year-old man and charged him with DUI. He was processed at the police station and released on bond.
A few hours later, police received a call from the man's neighbor saying the man was lying in his driveway unconscious. Officers arrived a little after 6 p.m. to see if the man was all right, but police say he did not respond positively to their gesture. Instead, he allegedly became combative and began fighting with police. He reportedly struck one of the officers in the face, and they arrested him. In addition to the DUI charges, he now faces charges of resisting arrest and aggravated battery to a police officer.
The charges related to any DUI arrest can have serious ramifications on someone's future. While it may not be possible to avoid all consequences of an arrest, a DUI defense often results in a more positive outcome than facing criminal charges without legal assistance. An experienced Illinois attorney will have the skills to examine and question the evidence and advocate for the best interests of the accused.