Driving while intoxicated has become an increasing problem across the state of Illinois, prompting police forces across the state to ramp up patrols and enforcement efforts. Illinois has strict penalties for those convicted of DUI. Just being arrested and charged with driving under the influence could result in lifelong ramifications for those who are formally accused. A DUI conviction can hinder future employment opportunities and ruin reputations.
A recent crash sent one person to the hospital and left a driver facing DUI charges. The accident happened on Tanglefoot Road in Perry County. According to reports, the driver of Ford pickup truck was traveling south when the truck left the roadway and overturned.
Reports said a female passenger suffered serious injuries and had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. Reportedly, the driver and three other occupants of the vehicle were not injured. Police said they believed the driver of the truck to be under the influence of alcohol. Police charged the driver with DUI, consumption of alcohol by a person under 21 and improper lane usage.
Getting into an automobile accident is always a stressful experience no matter how minor the accident may seem. Being arrested for driving under the influence can add embarrassment and humiliation to an already difficult situation. Those who are charged with DUI may feel like their world is ending, but there are options available to assist in achieving the best possible outcome. Illinois drivers who have been hit with a DUI charge have a right to legal representation. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can provide much-needed guidance while protecting individual rights.