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.
In Illinois and most other states, the penalties under conviction for illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol are quite severe. When a man or woman suddenly finds himself or herself facing drunk driving charges, many worries may come to mind, especially regarding issues such as whether or not he or she will go to jail. Many people also worry about their drivers' licenses, especially if it's not the first time they have been charged with such crimes.
Perhaps you were driving along an Illinois road after an evening out with friends and a police officer pulled you over, claiming your vehicle had veered over the yellow line a few times. As you thought it best to cooperate as much as possible, you stepped out of your car when asked and even submitted to a field sobriety test. Perhaps the officer arrested you after saying you failed the test. Such situations often lead to drunk driving charges, and if you hope to avoid conviction and preserve your driving privileges, it is critical that you know where to seek support.
When an Illinois driver gets behind the wheel, he or she is obligated to adhere to all traffic and safety regulations for motor vehicle operations. If a driver fails to do so, it can lead to serious legal problems. An operator error, such as forgetting to turn on headlights when driving at night, might alert a police officer in the area, and result in a traffic stop that could possibly lead to drunk driving charges.
Memorial Day has come and gone, kicking off the summer holidays. Increased DUI enforcement has become fairly routine during major holidays, and for good reason. One study indicates that Memorial Day is the deadliest holiday weekend to travel.