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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 scene of the accident.

Assistant State Attorney Jeffrey Horve noted that the need to prove that Dunn was impaired while driving at the time of the incident was unnecessary because “the evidence is clear based upon People’s Exhibit # 7 that when blood was drawn for [him], [he] did have cannabis in [his] system”.

While Horve noted that the family of the victim and those involved in the case were granted a small measure of closure with the guilty verdict, he went on to lament the fact that “There are no winners in this case. The Allison’s lost their only son and for them, this will never be over.”

The defense hopes to make a case for extraordinary circumstances that may lead to probation, rather than the maximum penalty.


Champaign man sentenced to 10 years in prison after DUI

A Champaign man has now been charged with a DUI after accident that left a child seriously injured.

According to court officials, the accident occurred in 2011 and the man was charged with aggravated drunk driving as well as obstruction of justice for lying to police officials.

After the collision, a 1-year-old boy was in the hospital for nearly two months and doctors have stated that he may have permanent learning delays as a result. The driver’s blood alcohol content was measured to be at 0.188 after the collision.


Officer shot by another agent in the California immigration and customs office

Ezequiel Garcia, a California Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, shot his superior, Kevin Kozak, six times during an argument at the Long Beach, CA immigration office.

Kozak and Garcia were supposedly in a heated discussion in a counseling session about Garcia’s performance when he opened fire with a service weapon and shot Kozak six times.  Another agent near the scene shot and killed Garcia to prevent further shots at Kozak.  Kozak was transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition.

The F.B.I. is still investigating the incident, and special agent in charge for I.C.E. in Los Angeles, Claude Arnold, stated, “We are doing everything humanly possible to understand why it happened and ensure it will not happen again.”


Arcola man sentenced to 5 years in prison for DUI

Heath Baumann, 39, of Arcola, Charleston, and Matoon, was sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated driving under the influence.

Baumann was arrested and charged on March 8, 2011 when he crossed the middle line on Prospect Avenue before making an extremely wide turn onto Marketview Drive and drove onto the curb.  When he was pulled over, an officer performed sobriety tests, and found that his blood-alcohol level was 0.182 percent–more than twice the legal limit.

This is his fourth DUI conviction.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact Champaign DUI defense lawyers of Thomas A Bruno & Associates by calling 217-328-6000.


Vermilion County sheriff’s deputy arrested for DUI in Urbana

James “Nick” Beddow, 45, of the Vermilion County sheriff’s department was arrested on Sunday morning for driving under the influence and running a red light.

According to police, Beddow was driving and pulled over on the 1500 block of East University Avenue in Urbana after running a red light. He was taken to Champaign County jail, and paid 10 percent of his $1,000 bond to be released.

The case will proceed like any other citizen, and once concluded, a separate investigation as to what action will be taken in his sheriff’s department.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact Champaign DUI defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000.


Illinois linebacker arrested for DUI, suspended from playing

University of Illinois linebacker Ashante Williams was arrested early last Saturday morning at around 1:30 a.m. for driving under the influence.

The football player was arrested just off of the university’s campus in Urbana.  Williams became a drunk driving suspect after an officer pulled him over for a separate traffic violation.

Police reports indicate that the linebacker had a difficult time completing a field sobriety test and admitted to having consumed alcohol.  Officers took Williams to the Champaign County Jail.  He was released just hours later on a $100 bail.

Officials with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Fighting Illini football team have indefinitely suspended Williams from playing.

If you have been charged with a DUI, contact the Champaign drunk driving defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to learn more about how we can help defend you.


Former Champaign detective admits to driving drunk

A 41-year old former Champaign police detective recently admitted to driving drunk.  Last month, the former detective plead guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge.

The charge of driving under the influence was made last December when the former officer hit an SUV driven by a teenager from Mahomet.  The accident occurred at around 9:30 in the evening on County Road near Bondville.

The former detective issued the guilty plea under an agreement that she serve 180 days in jail and 160 days in remission.  Also in the plea deal was a $1,000 fine, 2 years of probation, 150 hours of community service, $1,609 of restitution, and dismissal of felony charges related to the accident.

Contact the Champaign drunk driving attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 today, if you or someone you know has been charged with drunk driving and needs experienced legal representation to defend them.


Regional superintendent of schools pleads guilty to DUI

Yesterday, an Illinois regional superintendent of schools plead guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge. The 49-year old superintendent oversees four west-central Illinois counties.

The superintendent was charged with driving under the influence last month after being pulled over at 12:30 A.M. on Concord-Arenzville Road. In a plead deal, improper traffic lane use and operating an uninsured motor vehicle charges were dropped.

The court sentenced the superintendent to one year of court supervision. If he completes the court supervision without breaking its terms and conditions, the conviction will be removed from his record. In addition, the superintendent was issued $1,140 in fines and will have an ignition-interlock device in his vehicle for six months.

If you or someone you know has been charged with drunk driving, experienced legal representation can help defend you against these charges. Contact the Champaign drunk driving attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to learn more about your rights.


Urbana dad sentenced to spend 5 years in prison

Earlier this month, an Urbana father was sentenced to spend 5 years in prison after being convicted of his 4th driving under the influence conviction.  The father, Chad Lange, was unable to be placed on probation due to receiving the three previous convictions within 9 years.

Champaign County Judge Rich Klaus said to the 33-year old father, “If you take the DUIs out of the equation, you are a productive member of society.

Lange was charged with the most recent DUI after backing his vehicle into an off-duty Urbana police officer on Broadway Avenue.  The officer followed the dad, and despite there being no damage to either vehicle, arrested him and charged him with driving under the influence.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, having experienced legal representation at your side will be key to defending yourself from possible repercussions.  Contact the Champaign DUI defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000 to learn more about how we can help you.


Champaign County board member arrested for DUI

Last month, a Champaign County board member was arrested for driving under the influence after a Champaign County sheriff’s deputy says he witnessed him driving the wrong-way on U.S. 45 in Savoy.  The officer stopped 31-year old Michael C. Richards at around 3:25 A.M. on January 27th.

The officer reported that he saw a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes of the four-lane highway and decided to pull it over.  After pulling the vehicle over, the officer says he smelled alcohol on the board member’s breath.  In addition, police reports state that Richards failed field sobriety tests.

Richards refused to submit a chemical breath test.  He was charged with a Class A misdemeanor DUI and improper lane usage.

Contact the Champaign drunk driving lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 today, if you or someone you know has been accused of driving under the influence in Champaign.

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