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DUI in the News in Chicago

Chicago's many award-winning news organizations offer up-to-the-hour breaking news on a wide variety of topics, including drunken driving incidents. DUI news stories typically detail the facts surrounding an arrest from the perspective of the arresting officers and attorneys involved. But local DUI-related developments also include coverage of planned sobriety checkpoints, enforcement of DUI laws, DUI arrests that involve other areas of the law, sentencing, police conduct (or misconduct) and related issues. Staying on top of these developments is a great way to better understand the law. This blog covers such pertinent issues and news stories for citizens of the Windy City.

An even better way to understand state DUI law when it becomes a personal issue is to contact an Illinois DUI lawyer, who can help you better understand your case and how to handle it. DUI attorneys often provide a free initial consultation.

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5 Reasons to Plead Guilty in DUI Case

In light of Schaumberg District 54 Superintendent Andrew DuRoss' recent DUI arrest, Chicago residents may be wondering if it would be beneficial to him or themselves to plead guilty in a DUI case.

Being a public figure, like a superintendent, could result in people learning a little too much about you in an open trial. So it may be in some public figures' best interests to plead guilty.

For everyone else, here's five reasons why you should consider pleading guilty in a DUI case:

Josh Brent Gets 6 Months Jail for Fatal DUI Crash

Josh Brent, an ex-Dallas Cowboys and University of Illinois football player, was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years probation for a fatal DUI crash.

Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter after a drunk driving accident in Dallas killed his friend and former Illinois teammate, Jerry Brown.

Brent was sentenced under Texas laws, but what are the laws in Illinois?

5 Don'ts After a DUI Crash

Nobody wants to be involved in a DUI crash, but if you happen to land yourself in one, there are some do's and don'ts to follow.

Case in point, a Kenosha man was charged with not only two felony counts of driving under the influence but also a misdemeanor charge for leaving the scene of a crash, Chicago's WMAQ-TV reports. That last charge could have been avoided had he stuck to proper protocol after a crash.

A DUI-related crash is already bad enough; you don't want to exacerbate the situation. Here are five don'ts to avoid after a crash:

Can You Sue For DUI Arrest Injuries?

Can you sue for injuries stemming from your DUI arrest? While the conduct leading up to the arrest for a DUI may be the driver's fault, there are still some injuries during arrest for which others are responsible. These sorts of injuries are being alleged by Cassandra Feuerstein after an incident she claims required her to obtain facial reconstructive surgery and the insertion of a titanium plate to replace shattered bones, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Feuerstein was detained for a short period of time after being arrested for drunken driving. What happened, exactly, to result in these injuries, and does she have a claim?

Top Ten Chicago DUI Stories of 2012 (Part II of II)

Today, we finish the Top 10 most-read Chicago DUI posts of 2012. The first five can be found here.

The remaining five are a mixture of tragedy, DUI defense, and odd science.

Top Ten Chicago DUI Stories of 2012 (Part I of II)

Drunken driving is universally regarded as a frustratingly preventable evil. Though many cases are simple mistakes of someone having just one too many and getting pulled over, too many times, that preventable mistake leads to another person's death or dismemberment.

Many of our most-read posts over the past 12 months dealt with such tragic mistakes. Others dealt with the flip-side: DUI defense.

Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Chicago DUI stories of 2012:

Medical Marijuana Bill, if Passed, Could Require New Drugged Driving Laws

Could Illinois become the eighteenth state to legalize medical marijuana? For the third time in recent memory, lawmakers are pushing for just that, reports the Chicago Tribune. Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, told the Tribune that they were "hovering around the votes needed to pass it." If it does pass, it will not only conflict with federal laws, (which still list marijuana as a controlled substance) but it will also require a new approach to drugged driving.

If the bill passes, it will authorize a three-year pilot program where those suffering from certain listed diseases, such as HIV, cancer, and multiple sclerosis, could qualify for a registration card. The patients could then purchase 2.5 ounces of marijuana from one of 59 nonprofit dispensaries (one per senate district). No home growing is allowed, though those who need more than 2.5 ounces at a time can apply for a waiver for more.

'No Refusal' Operation Nets 4 Arrests; More Planned for Thanksgiving

We're all familiar with implied consent laws by now, right? These laws state that a driver, when obtaining a license in Illinois (or an any other state), consents in advance to submit to a test of his or her blood alcohol content when requested to do so, assuming the officer has a reasonable suspicion of intoxication.

However, even with that advanced implied consent, a driver can still refuse to voluntarily submit to a blood, breath, or urine test. The penalty for that refusal is a license suspension and a presumption that he knew he was guilty of DUI (which is often not enough to convict). The law regarding forced blood draws is still murky, but will hopefully be cleared up by the Supreme Court. Until then, the closest clearly legal option for law enforcement is a "no refusal" operation.

How Long Will Your DUIs Follow You? Ask Politician Michael Carbone

Fair or not, Lake County Board candidate Michael Carbone is facing an unusually high level of scrutiny while running for a local political office. The man formerly known as Michael Jorudd apparently has a criminal record under his former name that is just now coming to light, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Truth be told, it all seems to be much ado about nothing. Readers see headlines about name changes and “criminal pasts” and it drives clicks and readership. We’re doing it right now. But Carbone has reasonable explanations for his past.

Tailgating Rules: Laws, Tips For Soldier Field Pregaming

You may be ready for some football, but are you ready for the tailgate party, legally speaking?

The Bears will take on the Detroit Lions here at Soldier Field on national television Oct. 22. Monday Night Football. Does it get better than that? If you're the tailgating type, you have only a few weeks to prepare for that glorious matchup. With the way Cutler and Marshall seem to be meshing, and the way Matt Stafford has been collapsing for the Lions, that game looks to be a fun one for Bears fans.

Before setting up those tents, tapping those kegs, and grilling those brats, take heed of the following tailgating tips and laws. Doing so can prevent your tailgating experience from being more of a bust than Cade McNown.