For a police chief of the Kane County Forest Preserve District, a drunk driving incident left him with a lot more than a fine and record—it left him unemployed. The 66-year-old was found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .23, much higher than the legal limit of .08%. The Chief’s story is one of hundreds that occur across our state every year and it just goes to show that anyone can be convicted of DUI and that the repercussions are often far-reaching.
The night of his arrest, the police chief is said to have been responsible for rear ending a vehicle and sending two people to the hospital.
His sentence, after being charged with DUI and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident included 17 months court supervision, 50 hours of community service, and alcohol treatment, according to the Daily Herald. As a result of the conviction, he was fired.
Interestingly, the chief recently filed a complaint against his employer, claiming he had been discriminated against for his disability (alcoholism). The civil court judge dismissed his complaint and stated that the chief was fired for breaking the rules of employment and because he could no longer drive, a basic function of his job.
A DUI conviction can have far-reaching effects. Of course, you will have to deal with the sentence as prescribed by the court. But, you will also have to deal with the effects at your workplace and at home, with your family.
Even for a first offense DUI you could spend several nights in jail. Also, with a new law that went into effect last year, you are required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.
Being charged with a crime like DUI is always a serious matter. If you are up against charges like these and wondering what they might mean for your future, contact us. Our Illinois defense lawyers can give you some legal advice and a consultation on your DUI case.