Authorities in Illinois say that both drivers involved in a crash on Oakbrook Terrace were under the influence of alcohol when it occurred. A 20-year-old man was driving the wrong way into oncoming traffic when his vehicle collided with a vehicle being driven by a 25-year-old woman. The male driver was charged with an aggravated felony count of DWI while the female driver was charged with a misdemeanor count of DWI.
A judge ordered the man to be held in lieu of $150,000, and a state attorney issued a statement saying that the accident was 100 percent avoidable. Both drivers and three passengers in the women’s car were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. In 2015, there were 3,315 DUIs recorded in Chicago, which was down from 6,896 in 2005.
If a driver is facing a DUI charge, he or she could face time in jail or prison. It may also be possible to face a fine as well as the prospect of losing a driver’s license either temporarily or permanently. In some cases, community service or other penalties may be added to a sentence. An individual who is charged or convicted of drunk driving may also face personal or professional consequences.
Therefore, it may be a good idea to have the help of an attorney who may be able to help reduce the charge or get it thrown out. It may also be possible for an attorney at trial to cast doubt on any tests or other evidence used to charge an individual.