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 DUI accident In early February three children and five adults “were injured in a two-car crash in the South Side’s Fuller Park community,” according to the Chicago Tribune. There was at least one car and one minivan involved in the crash, and 29-year-old Robin Sewell is being held in connection with the crash. She “was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor, driving without a license, driving without insurance, and disregarding a traffic control signal,” reports the Tribune. One of the children injured is seven years old; ages of other younger children have not yet been released. Sewell allegedly drove through a red light and crashed into a four-door sedan. Six ambulances were called to the scene to attend to the injured. Sewell was the only person in the van; “the other seven people injured were in the car,” according to the Tribune. In addition to the children, “a woman was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious-to-critical condition, along with two men to the same hospital I the same condition,” reports the Tribune. Two other adults were listed in fair-to-serious condition. A University of Michigan report that analyzed traffic deaths by vehicle type found that “minivans and import luxury cars have the safest records.” While the average car is “safer than the average SUV,” the sedan that Sewell slammed into did not stand a chance against her minivan. The data could be skewed, however, perhaps “due in part to the fact that minivans tend to be driven with special care, often being used for transporting a family’s children,” a qualifier definitely not the case in the accident caused by Sewell. If you have been charged with a DUI accident such as this in the Chicago area, the most important step is to seek legal counsel. Contact Donahue, Sowa, & Magna Attorneys at Law today.

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aggravated DUIIn the summer of 2012, Carly Rousso, a 19-year-old woman from Highland Park, allegedly huffed some chemicals and got behind the wheel. The result of her recklessness was the death of a 5-year-old girl, Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento. Rousso’s case has been widely publicized and contested because the chemical agent Rousso allegedly huffed isn’t technically categorized as an intoxicating substance, according to the Chicago Tribune. This technically is one reason that Rousso’s lawyers are asking prosecutors to dismiss the case against Rousso. Instead of Rousso having to face a charge of aggravated DUI resulting in death, her lawyer has stated that Rousso “would plead guilty to reckless homicide,” according to the Chicago Tribune. A Lake County judge pushed the next hearing back until mid-February in the case, “though both sides now say the case is unlikely to go to trial.” Rousso’s lawyer has said that he’s willing to negotiate a plea deal, but that “the state will not back off the aggravated DUI.” If the judge does end up dismissing the aggravated DUI charges, “the case heads directly to the state Supreme Court,” Lake County assistant state’s attorney Micahel Ori told the Tribune. On the other hand, if Rousso’s case does proceed to a jury trial and she were found guilty of all the many counts against her—“four counts of aggravated DUI and two counts of reckless homicide—she could be sentenced to three to 14 years in prison.” According to the Illinois State Police, any kind of aggravated DUI charge is a class 4 felony (following a crash that results in great bodily harm or permanent disfigurement). If convicted of an aggravated DUI, a person automatically receives a “minimum of one-year loss of full driving privileges,” the Illinois State Police reports. If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI in Naperville, the most important step is to seek legal counsel. Contact Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC today.

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You’ve made the unfortunate mistake of choosing to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks, and now you spy flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. Immediately gripped with terror, you can’t help but panic. However, staying calm and thinking rationally can make the situation much less overwhelming. DUI, criminal defense lawyer, Illinois crimeAn Illinois police officer can pull you over if they have reason to believe you are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or if you have committed a traffic violation. Once you have been asked for your license, registration, and proof of insurance, the officer will observe whether or not you are, in fact, intoxicated. If the officer’s observations have led him or her to believe you are under the influence, you will be asked to get out of the vehicle and potentially asked to take a field sobriety test. If you have been arrested before taking any sort of test, you do not have the right to refuse taking a sobriety test. Illinois has an “implied consent” law. According to this law, if you are arrested by an officer who has probable cause to believe you have been driving under the influence, you automatically consent to a chemical test of your blood, breath, or urine in order to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). This test must be administered as closely as possible to when you were last driving a vehicle. If you refuse to take a sobriety test, your driver’s license will consequently be suspended. For a first-time refusal, the suspension will last for one year. If this is your second (or more) refusal, the suspension will likely last for three years. Your suspension will begin 46 days after you receive a notice of suspension. If have been charged with driving under the influence, do not face it alone. Be sure to contact an experienced Illinois DUI defense attorney to assist you in presenting your case.

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The laws and penalties for Illinois DUI arrests vary from year to year. Each year, lawmakers review the current laws and trends, leading to an overwhelming increase in the severity of punishments, fines, counseling, and court costs. Your Illinois DUI Lawyer must be current on these sentencing provisions and make certain that you are sentenced according to the provisions that are most lenient and advantageous to you.

 In Illinois, there are new guidelines for 2013 concerning the punishments, fines, counseling, and court costs according to the severity of the DUI charges.  The most comprehensive information available comes from the 2013 DUI Fact Book, published in accordance with the Illinois Office of the Secretary of State.  This Fact Book, while informative, is no substitute for the Compiled Statutes of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/Ch. 11, Article V., Driving While Intoxicated, Transporting Alcoholic Liquor, and Reckless Driving), which provide the text of the laws regarding driving under the influence that are currently in effect in Illinois.

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DUIMost adults are stressed during the holidays.  That explains why road rage is more common now than other times of the year.  Long commutes, packed parking lots, inclement weather are all factors that increase road rage.  Unfortunately drinking and driving is another contributing factor. On Black Friday, a Streamwood man succumbed to road rage.  52-year-old Joseph M. Maloney was driving erratically around 4 pm.  He hit a curb with his red 1998 Pontiac sedan and swerved in his lane.  When he paused at a stop sign, another motorist had some unfriendly advice for him.  He was told that he should “learn how to drive.” Maloney took offense to this suggestion and took matters into his own hands.  From the inside lane, Maloney cut off the other motorist. Luckily there was no accident from this punitive maneuver. Maloney proceeded to follow the insulter all the way home. Once the motorist exited the vehicle he saw the Maloney was driving right at him. Near the 500 block of Ridge Circle, Maloney drove past the motorist while intending to do harm.  Maloney made several more unsuccessful passes, even driving over neighboring lawns and driveways. Police responded quickly to the residence quickly after the attempted attacks.  They saw that Maloney was visibly intoxicated with glassy eyes and alcohol on his breath.  After he also failed a field sobriety test, and was taken into custody under suspicion of DUI. Maloney ended up being charged with aggravated DUI which carries a possible sentence of three to seven years in jail, 480 hours of community service, a loss of driving privileges, and a fine of up to $25,000.  He was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault which can be punished with two to five years in jail, probation, and a fine of no more than $25,000.  There were also other charges against Maloney, who is being held in lieu of a $75,000 dollar bond. Road rage is dangerous for everyone on the road.  If you are travelling during the holidays, leave yourself enough time to get to where you are going.  Remember that other drivers are not on the road to get a rise out of you so do not take anything personal.  If your emotions get the best of you during this then seek the assistance of a legal professional.  Contact an experienced criminal defense in Saint Charles who can review your case today.

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