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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 the death of 25-year-old Jessica Tyson Ragan and her unborn son.

Ragan and the unborn child, who she planned to name Jovian when she gave birth in December, succumbed to mortal injuries at Taylorville Memorial Hospital around 4:20 p.m. the same day as the accident. Pitsch was also airlifted to a hospital, but he was able to appear in court on Monday, October 24. His next day in court will take place on October 31, and his bond was set at $500,000.

Our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices, who provide legal services for our clients in Champaign-Urbana and other areas of Illinois, handle criminal defense cases such as car accidents and wrongful death suits.


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 served.

Judge Tom Difanis came to the conclusion that “extraordinary circumstances” existed in Young’s situation that qualified her for a community-based sentence. Young’s former legal counsel, Ed Piraino, presented evidence to the court from Young’s mother and grandmother about how the two have had difficulties raising Young’s daughter and son, both of whom have had been having emotional problems because of the incident.

Our attorneys at Bruno Law Offices in the Champaign-Urbana area specialize in representing clients who are facing criminal charges. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, feel free to contact a member of our legal team today by calling our office at (217) 328-6000.


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 in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, California at around 4 a.m. Bynes had remained relatively out of the spotlight since 2012 when she was coping with various substance abuse and personal challenges. Her previous erratic behavior and series of previous DUI incidents shocked fans of the former Nickelodeon child star.

DUI, if convicted, may result in steep fines, license suspension, and/or jail time. If you have been charged with driving under the influence in the Champaign/Urbana area of Illinois, call our attorneys of Bruno Law Offices to see if we may defend you: 217-328-6000.


Constitutionality of Highland Park DUI conviction to be decided on July 10

Lake County, Illinois Court Judge James Booras will make a decision on July 10 regarding whether or not Highland Park teenager Carly Rousso was convicted unconstitutionally on four counts of aggravated DUI, the Daily Herald reported on July 3.

According to police authorities, Rousso was driving under the influence after huffing computer dust cleaner when the Lexus she drove hit five-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, her mother, and her two brothers along the 700 block of Central Avenue in Highland Park. Jaclyn was killed in the incident.

Rousso’s defense attorney Douglas Zeit argued that Rousso was not eligible for the aggravated DUI because the dust cleaner’s compounds are not listed under the state’s list of intoxicants. If the conviction stands, Rousso faces three to 14 years in prison.

Our criminal defense attorneys at Bruno Law Offices serve individuals in the Champaign-Urbana area that have been charged with a criminal offense. We understand the serious effects these convictions can have on your life and are dedicated to defending our clients. Contact us today at 217-328-6000 to discuss your situation.


Defense team for Carly Rousso challenges Constitutionality of statute

The defense team for a 19-year-old who allegedly killed a little girl in a vehicular accident during which the defendant was allegedly driving under the influence of inhalants filed a motion on Wednesday, September 18 that challenges the Constitutionality of the state statute under which she was charged, saying it is “vague.”

Carly Rousso pleaded not guilty to the charges of aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide for allegedly causing a crash on Central Avenue in downtown Highland Park that killed five-year-old Highwood local Jaclyn Santos.

Rousso, who was allegedly huffing a chemical agent right before she drove her vehicle, was released from police custody after her family paid her $500,000 bail.

According to police reports, Jaclyn was walking with her mother and two siblings, when Rousso, who was allegedly high under the influence of a cleaning agent called difluoreothane, drove over the little girl as the victim’s family watched.

Our attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices work to provide our clients in Champaign with the personal attention and guidance they need to fight criminal charges. Call us at 217-328-6000 today to find out how we can help build a strong defense for you.

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