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Is an odor enough to arrest you for DUI?

If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Cook County, DuPage County or elsewhere in the Chicago metro area, chances are that the police report accompanying the charges indicates that the arresting officer smelled an “ordor of alcohol” emanating from the driver, which likely gave the officer probable cause to ask you to perform a few field sobriety tests.

More women being charged with drunk driving

Our prior post focused on warnings for those planning on celebrating Halloween by going to a party. Indeed, increased patrols are expected for the entire weekend given that Halloween falls on a Tuesday. While some may believe that they may evade patrols because of what they look like (i.e. not the typical middle-aged man, or college fraternity pledge), the reality of DUI enforcement may come as a surprise.  

Be careful about alcohol at Halloween parties

Halloween is still weeks away, but it is expected that anti drunk driving campaigns will be as popular as commercials touting costumes. Even though Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, parties will likely take place the weekend before. Indeed, law enforcement agencies will urge drivers to be careful, but they are also charged with arresting drivers whose BAC is above the legal limit.

Bogus forensic science debases the criminal justice system

Modern forensic science has led to some great advancements in criminal justice. DNA analysis has secured convictions for violent crimes like rape and murder, but it has also led to the acquittal of wrongly convicted individuals who have spent years or decades in prison for crimes they did not commit.

Can I be charged with a DUI even though I wasn't driving?

It may seem inconceivable that a person can be charged with a DUI without even driving. After all, the principal element of the crime is that the accused was operating a motor vehicle. Nevertheless, there are countless people across the state of Illinois who are charged with drunk driving who are found asleep behind the wheel of a car that is not running, or even outside of their car in a parking lot.

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