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.
A 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.
A medical examiner said the death was caused by injuries suffered in the vehicle/pedestrian collision. The man who was driving the vehicle at the time is now behind bars, charged with an aggravated felony. In such cases, investigators often try to recreate accidents to determine a sequence of events that may have led to a particular collision.
An Illinois motorist facing drunk driving charges is entitled to legal defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney can look for loopholes in the prosecution's case against a client. Conviction does not always automatically follow post-accident charges, so it pays to rely on experienced legal representation in court. An attorney can determine the best strategy available to help mitigate circumstances as much as possible.