Crystal Lake IL Traffic Tickets and DUI

Like many growing cities these days, Crystal Lake and other nearby municipalities have had their share of DUI and alcohol related traffic arrests.  Here is a sampling of police reports from earlier in 2015:

  • a 22 year old Crystal Lake man was charged with possession of marijuana, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • a 51 year old McHenry man was with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • a 26 year old Woodstock with driving under the influence of alcohol
  • a 22 year old Algonquin man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting a police officer. He also was arrested on an in-state bond forfeiture warrant.

If you have been arrested on a DUI charge such as these, you’re probably wondering what effect it will have on your driver’s license.  There are a variety of DUI Defenses that may be applicable in your case, including:

  • Mistake of Fact, when a person honestly believes that he/she is not intoxicated or impaired (for example, if prescription medication has unexpected side effects)
  • Involuntary Intoxication, when a person has ingested alcohol / drugs without his or her knowledge (for example, a drink that has been “spiked” without your knowledge)
  • Improper Stop, when an officer does not have probably cause to make the initial traffic stop
  • Administration / Accuracy of Field Sobriety Test
  • Administration / Accuracy of Portable Breathalyzer Test
  • Improper Police Actions, when a defendant’s civil rights are violated or evidence or report faked

There are a number of other, less common defenses that an experienced DUI Attorney may be able to use, so it is always best to consult an attorney as soon as possible after a DUI arrest.

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