Joseph Academy principal arrested for drunk driving

In our last post we discussed drunk driving charges being brought against a 24-year-old man who crashed his car near Naperville. Another man was arrested for speeding while intoxicated this weekend, and authorities say that this is not the man’s first drunk driving conviction.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the principal of Joseph Academy has been arrested for driving while intoxicated. Authorities say that the 36-year-old Itasca man had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit when he was stopped by authorities in Harwood Heights. Cook County court documents indicate that the man was stopped around 1 a.m. early yesterday morning.

The principal of the south suburban private school was held in lieu of $25,000 bail on charges of aggravated DUI felony, speeding and improper lane usage, among other things.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the man has two prior drunk driving charges, but both of these are over two years old.

One of the challenges professionals face in drunk driving cases is the unwanted publicity that comes with drunk driving arrests such as this one. In addition to simple embarrassment, news stories regarding drunk driving arrests often come up in employer job screening searches and can make it difficult for an individual to obtain future employment in his or her field.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can help an individual mitigate the damage caused by a DUI arrest by ensuring that charges do not result in avoidably harsh consequences.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “South suburban principal arrested on DUI charge,” July 14, 2013

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