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Meth drug bust in Algonquin

On Tuesday, Feb 2, McHenry County Sheriff’s Police seized 700 grams, or $25,000 worth of methamphetamine at an Algonquin home.

This was found to be unusual in the northwest part of Illinois, as the use methamphetamine is more common in the central and southern parts of the state. According to Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Bill Backus, “The greater Chicagoland area is still not seeing the prevalence in cases that we see in the southern and western part of the state…I have not seen or heard of any upswing of meth-related incidents…”

According to a 2007 Illinois Meth Project study, one in four teens in Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, and the surrounding areas said that locating meth is “very easy” or “somewhat easy.”

If you have been charged with drug possession, contact Champaign drug defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices, P.A. by calling 217-328-6000.


Rantoul man sentenced to two years in jail for DUI

Last Thursday, Diego Torres-Bedolla of Rantoul was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated driving under the influence in a car accident he caused on September 5th.

According to court documents, Torres-Bedolla had been drinking at a party on the night of September 5th when he drove his landlord’s car into a house on Gates Drive Boulevard in Rantoul.  Tests showed that Torres-Bedolla’s blood alcohol content was at .14 percent after the accident.

In addition to the two years in prison, a jury decided Torres-Bedolla will pay $3,200 in restitution.  Torres-Bedolla had no previous criminal charges or convictions.

Contact the Champaign drunk driving defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 if you or someone you know has been charged with drunk driving.


Urbana man sentenced to 7 years for DUI

Last Thursday, 35-year old Austin Way of Urbana plead guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence in Champaign County Circuit Court.

In March, Way was driving under the influence on Country Club Road in Urbana.  Way crossed over the center line, hit the driver’s side of 47-year old Klevin Ozier’s vehicle and then fled the scene.  Ozier’s spleen was ruptured in the accident and the passenger in his vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Police were able to match pieces of debris found at the scene of the accident to Way’s vehicle.  After arriving at Way’s home police found him with the vehicle’s keys in his pocket.  Blood alcohol tests after the accident showed Way’s BAC to be three times over the legal limit in Illinois at .22 percent.

In the plea bargain, another DUI count and charges for fleeing the scene of an accident involving injury were dismissed.  The maximum sentence for the DUI charge was 12 years.  He will serve 85 percent of the maximum at 7 years in prison.

If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI, contact the Champaign DUI defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to learn more about your rights.


New Jersey changes DUI law for non-English speakers

Yesterday, the New Jersey state supreme court ruled in favor of requiring drivers who do not speak English to be provided with an appropriate translation of the statement of consequences associated with not taking an alcohol breath test.

While many states have some written translations or translators on hand, no other state requires that a translation of the statement be given.  The law specifically states that law enforcement officials are not required to make sure drivers understand the statement, and that if a driver’s language can not be identified or translated then the driver is given immunity.

One official involved in passing the changes to New Jersey’s DUI laws stated, “I think other states are going to follow New Jersey’s lead”.

If you or someone you know has been charged with driving under the influence, contact the Champaign DUI defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to learn more about your rights.


State representative to keep pharmacy license after DUI

Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Financial Regulation allowed State Representative Ron Stephens to keep his pharmacy license after his driving under the influence arrest in March.  However, Stephens’ pharmacy license will be on probation for one year.  This is the second time Stephens’ pharmacy license will be on probation, after being placed on probation in 2001 for the use of controlled substances.

Stephens was also ordered to not consume alcohol and if he does so his pharmacy license will be revoked.

Stephens was arrested by Decatur police in March after police witnessed him crossing the center line and hitting a curb on U.S. 51.  Police officials said his blood alcohol content was .101.

If you or someone you know has been charged with driving under the influence, contact the Champaign DUI defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000 to learn more about your rights.


Teen charged with DUI in Illinois

Charges have been filed against a teenage high school student after she told police that she had smoked marijuana before being involved in an accident. She has been charged with two misdemeanor DUI charges.

The accident occurred as the teen was driving and she struck a fellow high school student that was crossing the street. In Illinois, the law states that a DUI charge if given to anyone that has marijuana in their system while driving even if the substance does not impair the driver. The teen slowed after she struck the pedestrian, but than drove off.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious crime such as DUI, contact the Champaign DUI defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000.

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