The 44-year-old mayor of Romeoville issued a statement acknowledging his personal responsibility for choices that resulted in his arrest for DUI. In a statement to the media, he explained that his empty stomach and prescription medication caused his intoxication. Although he had not expected the side effects, he understood that he should not have been driving.
The Will County Court accepted his guilty plea and sentenced him to pay a $1,500 fine and be supervised by the court for one year. He must undergo an alcohol evaluation and take part in a victim impact panel.
His arrest took place the day that he gave the State of the Village report. He went out that evening, and Romeoville police eventually pulled him over. The mayor’s public statement included an apology to police personnel for his behavior that day. He said that the police likely saved him from a possible accident due to his condition.
Any person charged with drunk driving will have to navigate the criminal justice system. The representation of an attorney may aid someone’s understanding of the process. An attorney might develop a defense strategy showing that the person has no prior offenses or law enforcement officers made mistakes during a field sobriety test. Before the person enters a plea in court, an attorney may evaluate the evidence to see if the charges are vulnerable to a challenge. After opening negotiations with a prosecutor, an attorney might broker a plea deal for a reduced charge or a light sentence. This effort may enable the person to regain a driver’s license in a timely manner.
Source: Romeoville Patch, “Noak Pleads Guilty To DUI: ‘I Take Full Responsibility’“, Shannon Antinori, May 8, 2018