A charge of driving under the influence can mean many sleepless nights filled with worry and stress. A DUI charge is also extremely humiliating and can do irreparable damage to reputations and careers. Reportedly, another Illinois lawmaker was recently arrested and charged with DUI.
The man is a state representative and was in Springfield at the time of his arrest. According to police reports, the man was traveling 47 mph in a 30 mph zone so officers initiated a traffic stop. Reports said the man was stopped by officers just before midnight at the intersection of Eastdale Avenue and South Grand Avenue East. Police said the man pulled his pickup truck onto a curb as he stopped.
Officers noticed the smell of alcohol on the man’s breath, according to reports. They said they issued an alcohol breath test as well as field sobriety tests and the man failed all tests. Police reports said officers placed the man under arrest and booked him into the Sangamon County Jail where he later posted bond.
Field sobriety tests and breath tests are not always accurate, but drivers can be still be charged if an officer suspects the person of driving while intoxicated. Fortunately, those in Illinois who have been accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol have the right to defend against the charge. Acquiring the services of an experienced litigator could prove imperative to one’s case. A criminal defense lawyer experienced with DUI cases can ensure personal rights are protected during this stressful and complicated experience.