Southern Illinois Criminal Defense Blog

Man says drunk driving decision impacted by mental health issues

There are many reasons people may repeatedly commit crimes. These include addiction and mental health issues, which can sometimes be helped through treatment rather than incarceration. In Illinois, a board member of the Park District of Forest Park has gone to treatment after spending time in jail for three drunk driving charges.

The individual says that being arrested for the DUI incidents caused him to seek treatment for his mental health issues. These include bipolar disorder and alcohol addiction. Bipolar disorder commonly co-occurs with alcoholism when it is left untreated.

Horrid behavior: Driving drunk with children in the car

Last fall, a Minnesota woman was arrested on a drunk driving charge. She wasn’t alone in the vehicle, though. Five of her children – ages ranging from an infant to a 9-year-old – were in the car with her. This was shocking news, but is more common than you might think.

Drunk driving is a serious charge no matter what. But when a drunk driver’s vehicle includes children as occupants, that’s extremely bad news since the lives of those children also are being endangered. As a result, a litany of other potential charges may surface.

Illinois man jailed for suspected drunk driving

One man is dead and another is being held in police custody after a car crash claimed the life of a 25-year-old Bloomington resident. Pennsylvania authorities have reason to believe the driver involved in the accident may have been intoxicated behind the wheel. That individual has been charged with aggravated drunk driving as well as several other charges pertaining to this case.

According to the Bloomington Sheriff's Police, a 23-year-old man was driving on a county road not far from Illinois Route 9 when the accident occurred. The man, whose identity has not been released by police at this time, apparently did not stop at the intersection of Route 9, and then proceeded to lose control of the vehicle around 3 a.m. The car left the road and struck a tree.

3 Illinois men face drug charges related to cocaine

Flashing lights can make even the most careful driver nervous. Thoughts of "what have I done?" and "what do I need to do?" may flash through one's mind. For some Illinois drivers, though, these lights can become a worrisome problem. If officers suspect a problem, they may decide to do more than just write a ticket and may even pursue drug charges if they discover some reason to suspect that drugs are involved.

Recent arrest records indicate that three men recently experienced the fear associated with flashing lights approaching their vehicles. In each instance, officers apparently came to the conclusion that cocaine was present in the vehicle. Each of these traffic stops led to individuals being arrested and charged with drug-related crimes.

Illinois man faces 16th drunk driving charge

Presumed innocent until proven guilty is the assumption under which Illinois's criminal justice system operates. In other words, when law enforcement officers detain someone for drunk driving or some other offense, they need to have proof that this is in fact the case prior to detaining them. While this is the case in most instances, one has to wonder if this holds true when the individual who has been stopped has a history of such behavior.

In one recent case, a driver was arrested and charged with DUI for the 16th time. Reports indicate that he has a history of such behavior dating back to the early 1980s. In this case, he was allegedly operating a car while intoxicated. However, details regarding how this determination were made have not been made public. What is known is that members of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists have been watching him and his arrest record for several years.

Harvard man facing drug charges after posts on social media

Millions of people in Illinois, throughout the country and around the world are active users on a variety of social media platforms. Users take to these platforms to share information, keep up-to-date with friends and family, or to voice their personal views. While most of the sharing is harmless, some individuals find themselves in hot water following some of their posts. Recently, one man's questionable social media posts led to his arrest on drug charges.

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office reported that someone had allegedly posted racially derogatory comments on the Office's social media accounts. Their investigation had led to a 20-year-old man from Harvard. Upon review of the man's accounts on social media, officers apparently saw photos of weapons, drugs and cash. Police officials noted that the man had a pending arrest warrant on an unrelated matter and arrested him at his home.

Driver's license reinstatement after passing school bus

As spring arrives and the school year enters its last months, children may growing excited for their summer vacations. The warm air and longer days can distract a child even in the most critical and dangerous moments, such as crossing the street after disembarking from a school bus. For this reason, buses are equipped with red flashing lights. Ignoring those lights may result in harsh penalties for Illinois drivers, including fines, suspension of driving privileges and tough requirements for driver's license reinstatement.

Drivers must come to a complete stop whether behind or approaching a school bus whose red lights are flashing. Bus drivers typically signal that they are about to stop by flashing the red lights on the front and back of the vehicle. By the time the red stop sign arm extends, all vehicles must be stopped. The exception is when the bus is stopped on the opposite side of a four-lane highway.

Woman gets 7th drunk driving charge, has 6 prior convictions

Alcohol is well-known for allowing people to shed their inhibitions. When taken to an extreme and practiced daily, the loss of inhibitions can become a way of life that signals a breakdown of the person's normal mental health processes. In Illinois, the specter of unbridled alcoholism can be seen sometimes in the arrest of drunk driving suspects.

In Riverside, Illinois, recently, the police chief reported the arrest of what he called the "worst DUI offender" in the United States. He reported that the arrest occurred on April 2, when the 41-year-old woman was found passed out with the engine running at a gas station. She reportedly had tried to fill her tank with kerosene.

Reasons driver’s licenses get suspended or revoked in Illinois

If you’re a driver in Illinois, just remember to follow the traffic laws as well as other non-driving related laws. If you don’t, you just may lose your driving privileges whether through a license suspension or revocation.

There’s a big difference between having a license suspended and having one revoked. For the former, there is an end date. But if your license is revoked, you’ve lost your driving privileges indefinitely. If your license has been revoked, you cannot apply for a new license for at least a year.

Drug charges ringed up by feds against 3 men for selling K2

Illinois has recently been afflicted with an epidemic of injuries and two deaths from a drug identified as synthetic marijuana and popularly called K2. Federal agents in the state arrested three men on drug charges, saying that they sold them the drug at their mini mart convenience store on Chicago's West Side. The packages sold in the store were labeled with names like "Matrix," "Crazy Monkey," and "Blue Giant," according to federal agents.

About 60 injuries have been reported by public health officials. The drug, which is alleged to be laced with a toxic substance found in rat poison, causes users to bleed profusely from the eyes, nose and mouth. The suspects are accused of selling 50 to 60 packets per day of the drug from their store. Agents allege that one of the men was found in possession of $280,000 in cash.

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