A recent traffic stop in Joliet led to the arrest of an Illinois woman who has previous drunk driving offenses on her criminal record. It is not clear what actions gave law enforcement probable cause to initiate the traffic stop, but the driver was arrested at the scene. She was officially charged with aggravated driving with a revoked license and aggravated driving under the influence.
The penalties and consequences associated with drunk driving typically increase in severity with each subsequent DUI conviction. In this case, the driver was apparently operating a vehicle while her license was revoked, a consequence of a previous drunk driving conviction. Reports indicate that this is fourth time she has been apprehended by police while driving with a suspended or revoked license.
The driver was taken to jail, and she was released a few days later after posting a percentage of bail. She is scheduled to go to trial, and in the meantime, she is under a judge’s order not to consume alcohol or drive a vehicle. While she is awaiting trial, the Illinois woman will find it beneficial to prepare a strong defense.
A future at stake
When facing a DUI charge for a second or subsequent time, a driver’s future is at stake. A conviction or guilty plea has the potential to bring consequences that will change the course of one’s life. With the right defense support, it may be possible to mitigate some of the potential penalties one may be facing with a DUI charge.