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How a DUI will affect your insurance rates

When the police pull you over on suspicion of drunk driving, the trouble is only beginning. Facing charges brings stress and anxiety to your life, while taking away time and money dealing with the criminal justice system. A conviction comes with multiple penalties in and out of the courtroom, including high fines, possible jail time (and thus lost wages or even employment), court fees and family drama.

Another area of your life at risk is how much you pay for auto insurance. It is an easy thing to overlook and may seem insignificant, but the money quickly adds up. 

Holiday weekend will likely produce more drunk driving charges

Illinois police and those across the country are gearing up for Memorial Day weekend. There is typically an increase of collisions, as well as traffic stops resulting in drunk driving charges during this annual holiday celebration. One man was accused of imbibing, then getting behind the wheel. In fact, police say he committed several offenses before, during and after his arrest.

The patrol officer who made the stop reported that he witnessed the driver using a hand-held cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Police also say the man refused to pull over when the officer initially made an attempt to stop him. To make matters worse, the man is accused of continuing to use his cellphone after he stopped and was being questioned by police.

Penalties for Illinois traffic violations can be quite severe

If you were to survey all licensed drivers in Illinois, many would say they have, at some point in their driving careers, been stopped by a police officer in traffic, for suspected speeding. Nowadays, many towns have installed cameras that photograph the license plate of a vehicle that passes the connected motion sensor at or above a particular speed. At other times, a police officer might pull someone over, and the situation may end with a mere warning to slow down or escalate into a much more serious situation. This is why many people choose to fight tickets for traffic violations.

In this state, if you get a ticket for traveling 34 or more miles per hour above a posted speed limit, you can wind up in jail for nearly a year. A conviction of this sort is classified as an aggravated Class A misdemeanor for speeding. Sitting behind bars for almost a year of your life can cause serious disruption regarding employment, finances and family life. It can harm your personal and professional reputation, as well.

Man facing Illinois drunk driving charges was denied bail

When an Illinois driver is arrested and charged with intoxicated operation of a motor vehicle, he or she is guaranteed the opportunity to refute those charges in court. However, the judge overseeing a particular case may decide to deny bail, meaning the defendant would have to remain in jail while awaiting adjudication. This is what happened in the case of a man who is facing felony drunk driving charges following a recent incident.

collision took place on a recent Friday at approximately 3:30 p.m. involving a passenger who had exited a tractor-trailer on the side of the road. The driver of the semi was reportedly on top of the trailer, inspecting the load. His passenger, a 51-year-old man, had stepped out of the truck and was standing on the side of the highway when a car reportedly struck him.

Criminal defense: Illinois state employee facing charges

When someone in Illinois is charged with a crime, it's not proof of anything. Every defendant is guaranteed the opportunity to contest the formal accusations in court. There are often several criminal defense strategies that may help mitigate certain circumstances, sometimes even to the point of getting a case dismissed.

A 58-year-old woman from downstate has been accused of embezzling more than $160,000 from Illinois State University. She is employed by the state and has been charged with stealing funds from the student center. The woman was arrested on a recent Monday, just after 9 a.m. after she was supposedly caught on film, stuffing money into her clothing.

Reinstating your license after an Illinois DUI

Losing your driver’s license because of an Illinois driving under the influence conviction can upend numerous areas of your life, so it makes sense that you would want to get your driver’s license back as soon as you possibly can in the aftermath. Without a license, it can prove extremely difficult for you to find or maintain gainful employment, which, in turn, can make it even harder for you to pay fines and other possible expenses relating to your conviction.

So, what do you need to do to get your Illinois driver’s license back after the state revokes it because of a DUI?

Drug offenses: If cops say your car smells like marijuana

When an Illinois police officer makes a traffic stop, there is no way to predict the ultimate outcome of the situation. Sometimes, an officer will merely issue some type of warning, such as telling a driver to slow down, then be on his or her way. Other times, however, what begins as a minor traffic stop may wind up with one or more people getting arrested and facing charges for suspected drug offenses.

Police pulled a car over just after 3 a.m. on a recent Sunday. The officer who approached the vehicle said he smelled marijuana. The driver and a passenger were detained while police searched the vehicle.

Traffic violations: Protect your Illinois driver's license

Do you know you can go to jail for driving at excessive speeds? Misdemeanor speeding typically involves tickets that list drivers' speeds at 35 miles per hour or more over a posted limit. A conviction can lead to nearly 12 months behind bars. In fact, many traffic violations prompt severe penalties, including suspension or revocation of your Illinois driver's license.

Motorists under age 21 are at particular risk for license suspension. If a driver in this age group is ticketed twice in two years, he or she may not only face license suspension but loss of insurance as well. The good news is that there are often ways to mitigate such circumstances.

Criminal defense: When a juvenile is tried as an adult

Every state has its own laws regarding issues that might warrant a juvenile being tried as an adult. In Illinois, if a minor has had his or her sixteenth birthday, there are certain situations that may activate criminal charges that would be adjudicated in the court system for adults. In fact, a 17-year-old is currently preparing a criminal defense regarding similar circumstances.

He is said to have been involved in a shooting. State law automatically transfers juvenile cases to adult court if a minor is 16 or older and is accused of committing aggravated battery with a firearm. Police say a gunshot victim had wounds in his leg and abdomen and identified the defendant as one of the suspects who shot him while trying to commit a robbery.

Police received call that led to drunk driving charges

Illinois police say several people reported a concerning situation just before noon on a recent Thursday. Officers were dispatched to the scene after reports were called in stating that a vehicle near a local golf course had been veering into oncoming traffic and had come quite close to causing multiple collisions. The incident ultimately resulted in drunk driving charges against the man who was behind the wheel of the vehicle in question.

When police arrived, they say they located the car in the parking lot of the golf course. Officers also stated they suspected the driver of the car was intoxicated, so they requested that he submit to field sobriety tests. As is the right of any person facing such a request in a similar situation, the man refused to take the field tests.

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