Woman facing DUI charge after traffic stop

On July 31, an Illinois woman was charged with DUI after authorities conducted a traffic stop on her vehicle. According to the report, she was on her way to a DUI class that she had been ordered to attend due to a previous DUI incident.

Authorities reportedly pulled the 23-year-old woman over at about 5:30 as she was driving on Woodside Road in Riverside. During the traffic stop, an officer smelled the odor of alcohol and marijuana coming from the car. She had a .196 blood-alcohol concentration and did not pass field sobriety tests. During a search of the vehicle, an open beer can and about 18 grams of marijuana were recovered.

The woman was ultimately charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by drugs, possession of marijuana and driving with an open container of alcohol. She was driving on a valid license as the suspension from her previous incident had expired.

DUI cases can be extremely complicated due to the fact that a person accused of DUI will have to deal with a criminal trial and an administrative hearing. During the criminal trial, a person can make his or her plea or challenge the charges. During the administrative hearing, however, it will be determined whether or not the person's driver's license will be suspended.

Because both of these things happen very quickly, an attorney can assist with mounting a defense against the drunk driving charges and work to allow the person to keep his or her license in the meantime. When it comes to a DUI defense, the attorney could argue that authorities did not have the requisite reasonable suspicion to make the initial traffic stop itself.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "Cicero woman charged with DUI while on her way to mandated DUI class", August 1, 2017

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