Being charged with driving under the influence in Illinois can cause many problems in a person’s life. Not only might there be the loss of driving privileges, but the person could face jail time and fines. Insurance rates may be raised and it could negatively impact other aspects of the person’s life. In addition, if there is an accident and other factors are relevant in the case, the charges can be enhanced and expanded. Although these allegations are undoubtedly serious, there are avenues for a person to lodge an effective defense. Before saying or doing anything, it is wise to consider all the available options.
Woman rear-ends vehicle and is arrested for DUI
A woman, 37, was arrested and charged with DUI after she crashed her Ford Escape into the back of a Toyota Tacoma. That accident happened in the evening shortly after 6:30 p.m. The Tacoma was said to be waiting to turn left. As first responders investigated, they found two children in car seats in her vehicle. It was determined that the woman was likely under the influence of alcohol.
She was slightly injured, taken to the hospital for treatment and later arrested for DUI and child endangerment. The children and the driver of the Tacoma, a 23-year-old man, were unharmed. She also received citations for not reducing her speed, illegally transporting alcohol and changing her address without notification. The children were placed in the custody of the woman’s family members.
Fighting DUI and other charges may require experienced legal assistance
The charges in this case are misdemeanors, but that does not mean they should be taken lightly. Depending on the circumstances, a person can be confronted with a litany of penalties. This frequently hinges on how much alcohol was in the system, if there were injuries and how many times the driver has been arrested and convicted of DUI. Often, people who are facing DUI charges have never had any issues with law enforcement and are frightened and concerned about the future. This is exacerbated if their family is involved and they have young children.
Among the ways to challenge a DUI are to call the testing procedure into question or prove that there were other reasons for the driver to have appeared to be under the influence. There might be a treatment program to avoid a conviction. An acquittal may even be possible. Understanding the law and how to craft a viable defense is key from the beginning and a firm that has experience with DUI and criminal defense might be able to help.