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Traffic stop leads to felony DUI charges

On Behalf of | Sep 12, 2019 | DUI Defense | 0 comments

A 24-year-old Illinois woman is facing a raft of felony counts after being pulled over for speeding in Cook County during the early morning hours of Sept. 6. Police officers who stopped the woman’s car on First Avenue in Riverside after allegedly observing it traveling at 67 mph in an area with a posted speed limit of 40 mph say she presented them with a fraudulently obtained driver’s license and gave them a false name.

The officers claim that they asked the woman to exit her vehicle after detecting the odor of alcohol on her breath. They say that she was unsteady on her feet and failed a standardized field sobriety test. A breath test is said to have revealed her blood alcohol concentration to be .12%. The legal driving limit in Illinois is .08%. The woman’s true identity was discovered when she was transported to a nearby police facility for booking and fingerprinting.

Police say the woman used multiple aliases to remain behind the wheel. A records check allegedly revealed that the woman had an open drunk driving warrant and both of the driver’s licenses issued to her were revoked at the time of the incident. Police say she has not held a valid driver’s license since 2012. The woman has been charged with felony counts of aggravated drugged driving, aggravated drunk driving and aggravated driving with a revoked driver’s license. She was also cited for several motor vehicle violations.

Criminal defense attorneys with experience in drunk driving defense may seek to negotiate a plea agreement with prosecutors when presented with facts like these. During plea negotiations, attorneys could seek to secure more lenient treatment for their clients by pointing out mitigating factors such as the fact that no innocent bystanders were injured.