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Uber driver accused of drunk driving with passenger in car

On May 28, an Illinois Uber driver was accused of drunk driving while transporting a passenger. The 45-year-old Schaumburg man was ultimately charged with felony aggravated DUI/vehicle for hire with a passenger and a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct.

The driver was operating his 2017 Ford Explorer on Plank Road when the passenger became alarmed. A call was made to local authorities for a well-being check. The man was taken into custody by a Kane County sheriff's deputy and it was suspected that he was under the influence. He appeared in court the same day. He posted $10,000 bond and was given a home monitoring device. He was also ordered not to consume any alcohol.

In Illinois, allegations of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is taken very seriously. Those who are convicted of DUI could face a number of penalties, including losing their driving privileges for a minimum of one year, the requirement to use an ignition interlock device at their own expense, a DUI conviction on their criminal record and a maximum of one year in prison. Additionally, they could also face a maximum of $2,500 in fines and fees, which could put them into debt if they are unable to pay.

Retaining a strong criminal defense team is crucial for those who are facing penalties associated with a drunk driving charge. A DUI defense attorney could review the case to determine if authorities followed proper procedures while taking the defendant into custody. For example, the attorney may argue that the authorities did not ave probable cause to pull the person over or did not properly conduct the breath tests.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "Uber driver facing charges for driving drunk with passenger in his SUV", May 30, 2017

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