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Driver's license reinstatement after drunk driving conviction

Drunk driving is a serious problem throughout Illinois as well as the rest of the nation. In fact, it is estimated that over 40 percent of all traffic related deaths are in some way related to drunk driving. As a result, the penalties for drunk driving are designed to discourage individuals from such activity. One penalty that often causes concern for individuals is the loss of the driver's license; driver's license reinstatement is often a primary concern once the dust settles and they are ready to move forward.

Typically, a first offense involves a mandatory three month license suspension, and a second offense calls for a mandatory 12 month license suspension. Additionally, if the individual refuses to comply with chemical testing, the driver's license is automatically suspended for a period of six months or more. These penalties become effective 46 days after notice. As with all criminal charges, the original drunk driving arrest can be challenged in court.

Traffic stop leads to drug charges

Flashing lights in the rear view mirror can send waves of panic through an Illinois driver. Questions of what have I done or how fast was I going typically rush through the mind. The driver often looks around to make sure that nothing questionable is lying around and then begins to reach for the necessary documents that the officer is likely to request. Then, if items are present which could lead to drug charges, the driver has even more reason to be concerned.

In one recent instance, an Illinois law enforcement officer noticed a driver allegedly commit a traffic violation. As a result of this, the officer decided to stop the vehicle to determine why the apparent violation had been committed. The driver, a 61-year-old male, complied with the officer's signal to stop.

Illinois police recognized for reduction in drunk driving arrests

Drinking and driving can have serious repercussions for all involved. On many occasions, an individual will have a drink or two and determine that he or she is still okay to driver. This may be the case; however, many times it is not. When this happens, the individual runs the risk of being stopped by Illinois law enforcement officers and then facing drunk driving charges.

One Illinois police department has been recognized by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists for its work in reducing the number of DUIs within its jurisdiction. According to the police chief, the number of DUI arrests has dropped considerably in the past 10 years. He attributes this decrease to the public's awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving as well as his department's vigilance in enforcing the law. In fact, he states that those currently being stopped for suspicion of drunk driving are not from the local area.

Two face drug charges when methamphetamine apparently discovered

There is no doubt that drugs are a problem throughout Illinois as well as the rest of the country. As such, law enforcement officers go to great lengths to protect our communities and get drugs off the street. These efforts often lead to drug charges once their investigation has been completed.

One's home is supposed to be a place of refuge and peace. Yet, recently, two Illinois men found this to not be the case. Apparently, law enforcement officers suspected that methamphetamine was located in the home. After they conducted a search of the home, officers stated that they had discovered methamphetamine and materials required to produce methamphetamine. The two men were arrested and charged.

Motorcycle accident leads to drunk driving charges

Illinois police arrested a man who allegedly backed over a motorcyclist on an interstate. The driver was apparently not injured the wreck and is now facing charges for drunk driving and driving recklessly. If convicted, he could spend up to 25 years behind bars.

The wreck occurred shortly after 11 p.m. near the scene of a non-related accident. A police officer was at that first scene, re-opening lanes that had previously been blocked because of the accident. A witness then approached the officer to inform him of a motorcycle accident, and she spotted a nearby vehicle that had stopped across multiple lanes of traffic. She noted it was severely damaged and its airbags had deployed. At that point, she spotted a motorcyclist trapped underneath the rear tires of the vehicle.

The costs of driving with a suspended license

Perhaps you acquired multiple speeding tickets, traffic offenses or a DUI charge. The court suspends your license, but you need to travel to and from work, visit family and run other errands. You continue to drive, hoping you do not commit any other offenses or get in an accident.

Driving with a suspended license constitutes a serious crime in Illinois. The court may find that your decision to disobey a court order may result in serious fines and further conviction. If you refuse to recognize court rulings and fail to travel by means other than your own car, a judge may place you behind bars.

Young Illinois driver facing drug charges

In Illinois and elsewhere, driving at an excessive rate of speed is certainly one way to attract attention. Additionally, texting while driving is another way to attract the attention of law enforcement officers. Yet, when these behaviors are not present, what causes officers to become interested in a particular vehicle and determine that there is reason to stop it? Then, once the vehicle is stopped, what can cause these officers to begin to suspect that drug charges may be warranted?

Recently, a 21-year-old male was stopped and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Officers claim that that they saw the young man attempting to place a substance in a pipe while driving. Upon stopping the vehicle, officers conducted a search and claim to have discovered Clonazepam in a concealed compartment. Reports indicate that the driver stated that the pills were his.

Drunk driving arrests down 13 percent in Naperville

Driving under the influence is an issue throughout Illinois, but certain municipalities appear to experience more DUI arrests than others. A recent review of drunk driving data from across Illinois revealed that some areas had increased in DUI arrests while others had seen a decline. One of the locations many kept a close eye on was Naperville, which historically tends to be in the top five on the annual survey.

Despite Naperville typically having some of the highest DUI arrest numbers, it ranked ninth on the annual survey for 2017. The survey, conducted by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists, compares drunk driving arrests from across Illinois police agencies. The survey does not include Chicago or any agencies that do not respond the the survey.

Drunk driving consequenses

A dinner out with friends often sounds like a great idea. A nice dinner, stimulating conversation and a relaxing drink or two can make for a nice evening. However, this wonderful evening can be cut short in a matter of minutes if flashing lights suddenly appear in the rearview mirror. What began as a wonderful evening can suddenly end with drunk driving charges if Illinois law enforcement officers suspect that the driver has exceeded the legal limit.

The legal blood alcohol limit in Illinois is currently .08 for those of legal age. If stopped for suspicion of drunk driving, the driver will likely be asked to submit to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test. Illinois law assumes that as a driver within the state, one has given implied consent for such a test. The individual may refuse to submit to the BAC test; however, the administrative penalty for such refusal is a one year loss of one's driver's license.

Driver and passenger facing drug sales and distribution charges

What causes Illinois law enforcement officers to focus on a particular vehicle? Is the driver speeding, driving in a reckless manner or just looking suspicious? Apparently, something attracted attention and caused Illinois officers to stop an out-of-state vehicle. The driver and passenger are now facing a variety of drug sales and distribution charges.

This past May, an Illinois task force had an area under surveillance. According to officers, the man and woman entered the area, and officers decided to stop their vehicle. The male passenger attempted to leave the scene and was detained after a short chase. According to officers, they discovered methamphetamine and oxycodone pills in the vehicle. The quantity they claim to have discovered led officers to believe that the couple was attempting to distribute the drugs.

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