Two Illinois Men Face Separate Charges for Aggravated DUI

In separate incidents, Illinois authorities charged two men from McLean County with aggravated driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, according to an article by The Pantagraph.

The first incident occurred on November 28th in Bloomington. That is when a 58-year-old man from Bloomington allegedly committed his fourth DUI offense. As a result of this incident, the authorities charged the Bloomington man with two counts of aggravated DUI. He remains in custody in lieu of posting bail in the amount of $5,035. 

The second incident occurred on February 9th in McLean. That is when a 39-year-old man from McLean allegedly committed his third DUI offense. charged the McLean man with four counts of aggravated DUI. He remains in custody in lieu of posting bail in the amount of $2,035.

While both of these men await their day in court, it seems appropriate to review Illinois laws [...]

What is a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID)?

In the interest of public health and safety, Illinois law requires driver’s license suspension for any person convicted of DUI. In order to obtain a restricted driving permit, DUI offenders must generally install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) on their vehicle. These devices measure the driver’s blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) before allowing the vehicle to start. 

What are the Rules Associated With BAIIDs?

When a driver is required to install and maintain a BAIID, there are several overarching rules from an administrative standpoint. Specifically, Illinois Administrate Code Title 92 Section 1001.441 requires these drivers to:

    Refrain from operating vehicles without a BAIID installed; Take their vehicle to an authorized BAIID provider for installation within 30 days; Return to an authorized BAIID provider every 60 days for device calibration and data retrieval; Maintain a written log of any unsuccessful vehicle starts, running retests, or other problems; Bring their vehicle
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Illinois Man Wanted for Aggravated DUI and Resisting Arrest

Various law enforcement agencies are searching for an Illinois man who allegedly committed aggravated DUI and resisted arrest, according to an article by The Pantagraph

On October 7th at approximately 9:30 p.m., LeRoy Police Department officers stopped the Illinois man near Interstate 74 and Illinois Route 136. Before the officers could complete their investigation or an arrest, the Illinois man fled the scene by running into a nearby corn field. 

The LeRoy police officers attempted to locate the Illinois man, with assistance from the Downs and Normal police departments, McLean County Sheriff’s Office, and the Illinois State Police. Despite a coordinated search, law enforcement was ultimately unable to locate the Illinois man.

When law enforcement does locate and arrest the Illinois man, they expect to charge him with aggravated DUI, resisting arrest, and another crime. To understand the extent of criminal penalties this man could face once arrested and [...]

What are the Illinois Laws Against Drunk Driving?

Any person who drives under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs represents a serious danger to the general public. Accordingly, the State of Illinois features harsh laws against DUI. Any person who violates these laws can face criminal punishment, including jail time, fines, and license suspension or revocation. 

Illinois Definition of Driving Under the Influence

Illinois law under 625 ILCS 5/11-501 makes it unlawful to operate motor vehicles while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or both. It qualifies as a DUI if a person is incapable of driving safety due to:

    A blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more; The influence of alcohol; The influence of intoxicating compounds or a combination of intoxicating compounds; The influence of drugs or a combination of drugs; The influence of controlled substances or a combination of controlled substances; The combined influence of alcohol, intoxicating compounds, drugs, or controlled substances; or Recent consumption
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