Illinois drivers who are stopped because of an alleged traffic violation can quickly find themselves facing a litany of other charges with a wide array of potential penalties. If the driver is accused of drinking or using drugs – even if no accident occurred and there were not the telltale signs of DUI like the inability to maintain a lane – there may be an arrest. A conviction can result in jail time, fines and a driver’s license suspension. Having a strong defense can be essential to achieve a favorable outcome.
Man arrested on alleged DUI and other traffic infractions
A 38-year-old man was stopped by police at approximately 1 a.m. after he was clocked at 66-mph in a 40-mph zone. After seeing the vehicle, an SUV, traveling at a high rate of speed, officers followed. As officers investigated, they found that the man’s driver’s license was suspended. He was given field sobriety tests after officers suspected he might have been intoxicated. After performing poorly, he was then arrested. He faces multiple charges for DUI, speeding at between 26 and 35-mph beyond the speed limit, and failing to properly signal.
The penalties for DUI and traffic offenses can be significant
Often, people who have never been arrested find themselves handcuffed and jailed for DUI. They may be under the impression that it is not a major problem and they will simply pay a fine and be done with it. However, depending on the circumstances, there can be incarceration, lost driving privileges along with the fine. Even after the debt to society has been completed, there may be other issues such as raised insurance rates and the need to place an ignition interlock device on the vehicle. It is wise to understand this and formulate a strong defense.
There are strategies to combat DUI charges
It is critical to be aware of the possible defenses to a DUI charge. The law enforcement officer is required to adhere to certain procedures when investigating a case such as making a valid traffic stop and using a breathalyzer that is properly calibrated. Failure to follow the law could violate the driver’s rights and lead to the evidence being inadmissible. Perhaps the driver only seemed to be under the influence or other aspects of the investigation were faulty. Consulting with those experienced with DUI defense and traffic offenses can help with determining a viable plan and moving forward to fight the charges.