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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.


Comedy this weekend

Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices are excited to announce a variety of comedy shows happening this weekend in Illinois…

Greg Behrendt, the writer of the book “He’s Just Not That Into You,” will be doing standup at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg Friday through Sunday. 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. Tickets are $22. For more information, visit improv.com

The controversial, but oh-so-funny comedienne, Kathy Griffin, will be doing her standup comedy show this weekend at the Chicago Theatre. Come hear the Emmy award winning woman rant on the latest celebrity gossip. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.thechicagotheatre.com


Holiday light display covers a Rossville home

Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices are thrilled to announce a fantastic holiday light display for the whole family to see.

Gary and Debbie Kinnett of Rossville create a spectacular holiday light display outside their home each Christmas season. The family strings 33,000 lights over anything and everything on their property. Gary purchases new lights every year to replace burnt ones, and counts every light and offers a cash prize to family members who guess the correct number.

A new element of their light display this year is Santa Claus, who sits at the end of their property to hand out candy canes. For more information, visit the Commercial News website.


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.


Illinois police crack down on unsafe driving this weekend

The Illinois State Police will be having two roadside checkpoints in order to crackdown on unsafe driving such as driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and transporting alcoholic beverages.

The police are taking a zero tolerance approach on drunk driving. Safety check points were designed to prevent people from driving drunk. Forty percent of all motor vehicle accidents in Illinois have alcohol as a significant factor. A grant from the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Administration has funded the roadside check points.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, contact the Champaign DUI lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling (217) 328-6000.

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