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Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyerOften, drivers who are arrested on a DUI assume that the evidence against them is irrefutable, and that they must simply accept the consequences of conviction. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, there are many defenses that may be used to raise suspicion in your case. Learn more about reasonable doubt, and how you may be able to use it as leverage in your defense.

Why Reasonable Doubt is So Important

Because the prosecution is burdened with proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, suspicion can, in some cases, be enough to have your charges dropped. This is a Constitutional right provided to all Americans, and it was enacted to ensure that innocent people were not wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. Yet, raising that suspicion requires extensive knowledge in the legal field, and in the policies, procedures, and testing used to convict DUI offenders. This is why the assistance of an attorney is critical in the fight against your charges.

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Arlington Heights DUI attorneyIf you are traveling in another state and get charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, you may think that whatever happens with those charges will not affect your driving privileges in your home state. However, in the majority of states, you would be wrong.

The Interstate Driver License Compact

All but several states in the country have agreed to the Interstate Driver License Compact. The states that do not participate are Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The state of Illinois has signed the contract and is a participating state. The Interstate Driving Contract is simply a contract between states where they agree to not only share information regarding DUI arrests, but also agree to honor any driver license suspension imposed on the person who has been charged. 

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The results of a new study indicate that artificial sweeteners, like those found in diet sodas, increase people’s blood alcohol concentrations.

The study was conducted by Dr. Cecile A. Marczinski and lab assistant Amy L. Stamates at the Northern Kentucky University. The results were published in the medical journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. There were eight men and eight women, between the ages of 21 and 33 years old, that participated in the study. People who were infrequent drinkers were not included in the study. Also excluded were people with diabetes, psychiatric disorders, head trauma or any other injuries to the central nervous system, or anyone who has substance abuse problems. Participants came to three different sessions where they were given random drinks and then had their blood alcohol content measured. The drinks the study subjects were given were either vodka and Squirt soda, vodka and Diet Squirt soda, or vodka and a placebo drink. The drinks contained 1.97 ml/kg vodka mixed with 3.94 ml/kg of the soda or placebo. The vodka used in the drinks was 40 proof. The participants who consumed the drinks with the diet soda had significantly higher blood alcohol content than those that consumed the drinks made with regular soda. Levels measured averaged 18 percent higher. Those people also had greater impairment and slower response times. The conclusion of the study was that diet soda mixed with alcohol will result in higher blood alcohol contents than regular soda mixed with alcohol. The results of the study confirm findings from previous studies done about how diet sodas can affect blood alcohol levels. In 2011, a group of researchers surveyed people who were leaving bars. Participants of the survey shared what and how much they had drank, as well as letting researchers take breath samples. The study’s findings were that those that had consumed alcoholic beverages made with diet soda had higher blood alcohol readings. There are many things that can affect the results of a blood alcohol content test. If you’ve been arrested and charged with DUI, contact an experienced Arlington Heights criminal defense attorney to make sure your rights are protected.

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DUI charges, DUI lawyer, criminal defense, Arlington Heights, Illinois, cirminal defense attorneyA 22-year-old southwest suburban woman "was charged with drunk driving after she swerved into a Hickory Hills police car that was trying to pull her over and then fled from the scene, leaving behind two officers who were injured and trapped inside their squad car," according to the Chicago Tribune. One of the officers trapped in the car recognized Olivia D. Aguilar, and directed other officers to her home, a Cook County prosecutor told the Tribune. When they got there, "police tracked blood and shoeprints in the snow to Aguilar, who they reported was belligerent and seemed intoxicated," reports the Tribune.

The cruiser that the alleged intoxicated driver slammed into was fully marked. Police first began to pursue Aguilar when they attempted to stop her for driving without headlights, reports the Tribune. Instead of stopping, however, she accelerated and swerved toward them. "The officers had to be extricated from the cruiser and were hospitalized with bruising and swelling," reports the Tribune. Aguilar is currently facing a slew of serious charges, including "aggravated battery, failure to stop after an injury accident, driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed, no proof of insurance, failure to give aid, no headlights, and driving with a suspended license."

According to the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), anyone arrested for DUI must undergo "an alcohol and drug evaluation before sentencing." The purpose of the evaluation is to determine the full extend of the defendant’s relationship with drugs or alcohol, "specifically as it relates to driving history." Once the defendant’s risk level (minimal, moderate, significant, or high risk) has been determined, DHS makes a minimum recommendation to the Court or the Office of the Secretary of State.

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