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Drunk driving charges filed against man driving lawn tractor

An unconventional traffic stop led to criminal charges for an Illinois man. Police claim they stopped a man for erratic behavior behind the wheel of a lawn tractor in the early hours of the morning. He was charged with drunk driving, and his tractor was taken to an impound lot.

The 50-year-old man was apparently driving the lawn tractor on a road when he stopped to relieve himself in another person's yard. A witness told police that he appeared to be falling asleep just before he stopped. The witness claims that he then got back on the tractor and drove off, nearly hitting a parked car in the process. He also allegedly yelled at other people while driving.

Felony drug charges filed against Illinois man

Illinois police recently arrested two young men after they were called to the scene of a convenience store. One of the men was arrested on drug charges, while the other faces a misdemeanor charge for allegedly resisting arrest. At least one of the men was still in custody on $7,500 bond at last report, and was awaiting his first court appearance.

Police were first called to the convenience store around 7:30 p.m., when someone complained that there were two men yelling about having a gun. Authorities claim that the two 19-year-old men were standing outside of the store when they arrived. When ordered to get down on the ground, one man complied while the other allegedly attempted to run away, but tripped as he tried to leave.

What makes a good criminal defense attorney

If you have been charged with DUI in Washington County or elsewhere in southern Illinois, the importance of an experienced criminal defense attorney cannot be understated. Many people already know that lawyers are advocates and legal counselors (because nearly every advertisement says this in one way or another), but few people truly understand what attorneys do and how clients in trouble can benefit from their expertise. This post will highlight some of things that make a good criminal defense lawyer.

Finding available legal defenses to drunk driving charges

Can I be charged with drunk driving over field sobriety tests?

Illinois police officers have multiple tools at their disposal for determining whether a driver might be intoxicated. Most people are aware of Breathalyzers and blood tests, which are used to determine blood-alcohol content, but few understand that there is also a third option. Drivers pulled over on the suspicion of drunk driving might be asked to perform field sobriety tests.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration endorses the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests -- SFST -- which police officers generally use to assess a driver's physical ability, balance and attention level. There are three separate components to the SFST, and attending officers usually carry out all three so that their results may be viewed as a whole. Breathalyzer or blood tests still usually follow any roadside field tests.

Driver in pedestrian wreck likely to face drunk driving charges

A pedestrian accident led police to arrest a man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Although he has not been officially charged, the Illinois State Attorney's office plans to file charges after fully reviewing related police reports. However, it is never too early to begin defense preparations for drunk driving charges that are likely to be filed.

Police were called to the scene of the accident some time after 2 a.m., when the female pedestrian was allegedly struck. Witnesses reported that the woman was with a group of pedestrians who illegally crossed the street. The woman ran into the road after the rest of her group, and was hit by an oncoming driver. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Illinois driver arrested for alleged drunk driving accident

Illinois police arrested a man shortly after a hit-and-run accident they believe to be his fault. Facing several different allegations, including drunk driving and other charges related to the accident, he is currently still in police custody. A judge set bail for $1 million and also ordered that he enroll in a smartphone program that monitors alcohol use in the event that he bonds out.

The 37-year-old man was allegedly drinking at two different locations before he returned to his vehicle in the early hours of the morning. Around that same time -- approximately 3:30 a.m. -- a father and son had just parked their vehicle after arriving at work. Before they could exit the vehicle, the alleged drunk driver struck them from behind, killing the one man and injuring the other. Police believe he was driving at nearly 130 mph.

3 Illinois men facing drug charges

A months-long investigation by Illinois police led to the arrest of three men, and more are expected to come soon. They are all facing drug charges for their alleged actions involving the sale of marijuana. Of the three, only one has posted bail while the other two remain behind bars, awaiting their court dates.

Police claim that they received a complaint of increased drug activity and launched an investigation into the matter. The investigation has lasted two months so far, during which they have executed three different search warrant across as many different towns. The search and seizure of evidence at those residences allegedly led to the subsequent arrests.

Conor's law to change how officers handle drunk driving arrests

An arrest for driving under the influence is not the end of the road. Unfortunately, societal stigma and potential criminal consequences can create understandable worry for those facing drunk driving charges. A recent bill signed into law by Illinois governor aims to create a safer environment for drivers who are arrested for driving drunk.

Referred to as Conor's law, Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill in Sept. 2017, and it will be implemented in June 2018. The bill is named after Conor Vesper, who was arrested as a young adult back in 2015. He was released from police custody a short while after his arrest and, unfortunately, went on to commit suicide. After his death his surviving family members began working to create and pass Conor's law.

Driver's license reinstatement might be possible

One of the most disconcerting aspects of facing a drunk driving charge is the loss of driving privileges. A valid driver's license is often necessary for maintaining gainful employment, traveling to and from school or even just carrying out daily tasks. A driving permit or driver's license reinstatement is sometimes possible for Illinois drivers who rely on their vehicle.

Police do not always act appropriately when filing drug charges

The impact of criminal charges extends well beyond a defendant's personal life. This is especially true with drug charges, which can result in so much more than fines and time behind bars. A conviction for drug charges on a background check can profoundly affect a person's ability to gain or maintain steady employment. If you have been accused of a drug-related crime, timely action can be key to minimizing this type of impact.

Drug crime is a broad term that can refer to a number of different legal violations. Most people in Illinois understand that you can be charged for drug possession, but many are unaware that charges can be filed for possessing drug-related paraphernalia. If the amount of drug passes a certain threshold, you can even be charged with the intent to deliver.

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