DUI, Rolling Meadows DUI defense attorneyWhen people think about the consequences of a DUI, what usually comes to mind is the possibility of jail time. However, being convicted of driving under the influence can be devastating in more ways than just one. Those who drink and drive are not only are risking going to jail but are also putting themselves and the surrounding vehicles serious danger.

A former college basketball star was recently arrested for drunk driving in Belleville, Illinois. The arrest happened around 3 a.m. after sheriff’s deputies noticed a vehicle stopped at a red light. The light turned green and the car did not move. When other drivers had to physically drive around the stopped car to get through the intersection, the officers became suspicious. Deputies found the driver of the stopped car unresponsive. It quickly became apparent that the driver had actually passed out behind the wheel while driving.

Police have explained that the vehicle “was running and in gear, with his foot on the brake and music was blaring from the interior of the vehicle.” There was an also odor of alcohol coming from the driver, according to the police. After officers were able to rouse the sleeping driver, they notified him that he was under arrest. The driver then physically resisted arrest and had to be restrained. He was found to have a blood-alcohol concentration more than twice the legal limit at .185 percent. The driver was cited for disobeying a traffic control device, improper parking on the roadway, obstructing a police officer, and for driving with a blood-alcohol level above the Illinois legal limit of .08 percent.

A DUI Conviction Can Cost More Than One May Think

Being convicted of driving under the influence can have a dramatically negative effect on one’s life. Some people who are convicted of a DUI experience the loss of their legal ability to drive, jail time, hefty fees, loss of employment, prevention of employment in some jobs, higher car insurance rates, and personal embarrassment.

Facing Charges?

If you are facing charges for DUI, you need a legal professional who will help you understand your options and fight to protect your rights. The dedicated professionals at Cosley Law Office have been defending clients against DUI charges for over 20 years. If you are facing DUI charges, do not give up your legal rights without a fight. If you do lose your license due to a DUI conviction, we can also help you navigate the driver’s license reinstatement process. Contact an experienced Arlington Heights DUI defense attorney to discuss your case today.





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DUI, Rolling Meadows DUI defense attorneyThis Thursday is Thanksgiving—a time when old friends and relatives get together to celebrate and give thanks for the blessings in their lives. Unfortunately, during the holiday, many people choose to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car. Bars are often very crowded the day before Thanksgiving as many have the next day off work, so they feel more comfortable drinking more than they normally would. Drinking on that particular night has become so prevalent that it has earned the ominous nickname of “Blackout Wednesday.” Others, of course, may drink to cope with family and personal stresses, which can be especially difficult during the holidays. Still others just want to party and have a good time and do not realize they are too intoxicated to drive.

Plan for a Ride Home If You Plan to Drink This Wednesday

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2013, there were 137 traffic fatalities caused by drunk drivers. Misty Otto, spokeswoman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, encourages people to plan ahead if they are going to be drinking Wednesday. Establishing a designated driver, using taxis or ridesharing services like Uber, or using public transportation are all safe alternatives to getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Consequences of DUI in Illinois Are Serious

Law enforcement and public safety officials have acknowledged that there will be roadside safety checkpoints set up in the area on Wednesday night and throughout the holiday weekend. In addition, officers throughout the region will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.

If your blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 or higher, you are considered legally intoxicated and cannot legally drive. If you have a BAC between 0.05 and 0.08, you may still be cited for a DUI if the officer has other reasons to believe you are impaired, including slurred speech or difficulty concentrating. Consequences for driving under the influence can be severe. Penalties often include an immediate license suspension, fines, ignition interlock device (IID) installation, and jail time. The legal process is also expensive. The Illinois DMV estimates that the minimum cost of a first DUI conviction is about $16,600. Beyond the serious legal and financial consequences, driving while drunk puts yourself, your passengers, and the other drivers on the road in danger.

Call Us for Help

If you or a member of your family is facing charges for DUI, it is important to work with a legal professional who will fight to protect your rights. Contact an experienced Arlington Heights DUI defense attorney to discuss your case and your available options. Cosley Law Office would like to wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy, and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday.





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sobriety tests, Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorneyImagine that you have been pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence, or DUI. The officer approaches your car and asks if you have been drinking. Regardless of your answer, you may be asked to get out of your car and submit to sobriety testing. From you have seen on TV or in the movies, do you know what the test would be? Will the officer ask you to recite the alphabet backwards? Or maybe he or she will have you spell your birth month. While there are many entertaining ways to test a person for potential intoxication, law enforcement officers around the country typically rely on a series of evaluations approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) known as Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, or SFSTs.

What Are SFSTs?

The SFSTs consist of three separate assessments designed to help an officer estimate a driver’s level of intoxication. These tests can be used in addition to a chemical testing procedure, such as a breathalyzer, or to justify a DUI arrest if such chemical testing provides marginal results or is not available.

Most people have seen or at least heard about each of the three tests comprise the SFSTs, as they have been used regularly of more than four decades. The SFSTs include the:

  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test: The subject must follow a slow-moving object—a pen, flashlight, or the officer’s finger—with only his or her eyes. The officer is looking for involuntary jerking of the eyeball, called nystagmus, which may be exaggerated by intoxication.
  • Walk-and-turn test: The subject must walk nine steps, heel to toe, on a marked or imaginary straight line, turn 180 degrees and walk nine steps back. The officer is looking for signs of impairment such as poor balance, trouble counting, and more.
  • One-leg stand test: The subject must stand on one foot, holding the other foot about six inches off the ground and counting aloud for approximately 30 seconds. The officer is, again, looking for trouble balancing, trouble counting, and other signs of being impaired.

Challenges to the SFSTs

There are several grounds on which to dispute an officer’s conclusions from field sobriety tests, including preexisting physical conditions that can affect the same factors the tests are designed to observe. For example, a person suffering from inner-ear problems and vertigo may have difficulty balancing while completely sober. Therefore, the walk-and-turn and the one-leg stand would not likely be good indicators of that person’s intoxication level. Current estimates place the accuracy of the SFST around 90 percent when conducted properly. This means that about one out of every ten tests could conclude that a driver is intoxicated when he or she is not. If the tests are not conducted properly, the result may be even more suspect.

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI based on the results of field sobriety tests, contact an experienced Rolling Meadows DUI defense attorney. We are equipped to help you challenge the testing procedures and results, as well as any other detail of your arrest. Call Cosley Law Office at 847-253-3100 for a free consultation today.





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