Champaign DUI Defense Blog

September 18th, 2021

How to Beat a DUI

You thought you were driving just fine. The traffic cop currently on your tail begs to differ. You completely flubbed the field sobriety test, and you just blew a .09 BAC on the Breathalyzer. Now what? You’re in big trouble, and it will go from bad to worse very quickly unless you get the highly...

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October 27th, 2016

Man charged with DUI after accident causes death to woman and unborn son

Normal, Illinois resident Lance Pitsch, 27, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence that resulted in death and reckless homicide in Christian County. The charges come after he caused a vehicular accident on Illinois 48 near County Road 600 North in Morrisonville at approximately 3:20 p.m. on Friday, October 21. The crash resulted in...

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August 4th, 2016

Illinois’ new law about marijuana-impaired driving requires stiffer evidence for conviction

Local attorney Jeff Hall said that a new law in the state of Illinois regarding marijuana and impaired driving, has only slightly reduced the legal dangers – including longer prison terms – of causing a fatal vehicular accident after taking the drug. Four individuals have been convicted since 2012 of causing a death while driving...

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July 1st, 2016

DUI arrests in Decatur are second-highest in the state of Illinois for 2015

Independent non-profit organization Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists has reported that the Decatur Police Department in Illinois has made the second-highest number of driving under the influence arrests in the state in the year 2015, with 405 arrests. The Carol Stream Police Department and the Rockford Police Department each placed first when it comes to DUI...

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April 18th, 2016

Plea agreement gets man charged with aggravated DUI over four years in prison

On Tuesday, April 5, forty-two-year-old Phillip Morris, of Charleston, Illinois plead guilty to an aggravated driving under the influence charge for allegedly driving while intoxicated in December 2012 with an 11-year-old child aboard his vehicle. Morris was sentenced to over four years in prison and ordered to pay over $26,000 in fines and court fees...

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October 12th, 2015

Former Illinois State University student guilty of aggravated DUI

Former Illinois State University student Joshua Dunn was found guilty of driving under the influence on Thursday, October 1 in Bloomington and is facing up to 29 years of imprisonment for his part in the January 2015 accident that claimed the life of another ISU student, Benjamin Allison. Dunn was also accused of leaving the...

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August 13th, 2015

Judge reduces sentence of DUI convict from seven years to 180 days

On August 3 , Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis resentenced Danville native Jessica Young, 33, a woman formerly sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of aggravated driving under the influence after a fatal accident, to 180 days in jail plus four years of probation. As of August 3, Young was granted 148 days of credit for her time already...

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June 14th, 2015

Judge reduces Champaign man’s sentence for third DUI conviction

Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus decreased the sentence he gave to 32-year-old Champaign resident Robeson Graham-Bailey for his third DUI conviction due to additional evidence that previously was not heard, according to the News-Gazette on May 27. Graham-Bailey was originally sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison, but Klaus knocked three years off of this term. The...

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March 3rd, 2015

Sentence reduced for aggravated DUI offender

Twenty-five-year-old Philo, Illinois resident Katie Daly walked out of a Champaign County courtroom on February 20 in relief after Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis sentenced her to 30 months of probation in connection with an aggravated driving under the influence charge, The News-Gazette reported. Difanis reversed an earlier ruling made by Judge Richard Klaus – who...

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October 9th, 2014

Amanda Bynes charged with DUI in Los Angeles

Hollywood actress Amanda Bynes, 28, was taken into police custody on the early morning of Sunday, September 28 on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, the California Highway Patrol said in a statement released last Monday, September 29. According to the statement, a patrol officer stopped Bynes in the middle of an intersection...

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