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Facing Halloween DUI Charges in Illinois

A Schaumburg family decides to host a Halloween party at their home since bars and restaurants in Illinois are still not allowing gatherings larger than 10 people. After being in lock down for months, they are looking forward to having friends and family to let loose and celebrate. They splurge and spend a lot of money on the bar, and their guests let loose and indulge. The host of the party has invited his brothers and their families, and those over the age of 21 have fun playing a Halloween themed drinking game. Two hours later, one of the kids starts to complain of a headache. His dad has had a few shots during the drinking game but decides that he is fine to drive. On the way home he hears a siren behind him and knows he is being pulled over for drunk driving. Now he is facing DUI charges, including potential jail time and a fine.

Illinois Residents May be More Likely to Drink This Halloween Than Before

We have the perfect storm when it comes to DUIs on Halloween this year. After over seven months of dealing with the coronavirus, including shutdowns and job losses, people are more stressed than they have been in a long time. Parents have been home with their kids trying to work full-time and keep up with their online schooling. Many are worried about paying their bills, and the upcoming election has many on edge. DUIs are always a concern on holidays, but this year people have a huge incentive to drink and let loose on Halloween. All of these factors could combine to create an increase in DUI arrests.

Police Officers Across Illinois Are Increasing DUI Checkpoints

Despite the coronavirus shutdown limitations in place, police departments across Illinois are gearing up for DUI enforcement on Halloween. The federal government awards traffic funds to states as part of a “drive sober or get pulled over” campaign. The Illinois’ Department of Transportation uses these funds to increase its law enforcement presence on Halloween. They are reminding Illinois residents that even one alcoholic drink can impair your ability to make good decisions. Driving while impaired by marijuana, alcohol, or any other substance is illegal in Illinois. They have offered the following tips for Illinois residents to avoid DUI charges this Halloween:

Use a designated driver, even if you are at a house party

  • Plan to travel home safely by using public transportation, a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft, or by calling a sober family member or friend
  • Contact the police department if you see a driver who seems impaired on Halloween
  • If you notice a friend or family member who is impaired, take their keys from them so they cannot drive while intoxicated

Arrested for a DUI on Halloween? We can Help

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Facing Domestic Violence Charges During the Pandemic

A husband and wife living in Cook County have struggled a bit in their marriage, but overall they have enjoyed a happy life together. After their third child was born during the pandemic, the wife began to experience symptoms of postpartum depression. She would sit for long periods of time in isolation, and for a while, she was barely able to care for her child. Because of the coronavirus-related shutdowns, both spouses were working from home on a reduced salary. Paying their bills became extremely difficult, and they were struggling to work full-time and keep up with their children's online school requirements.

The lack of sleep began causing the wife to slip into a dark depression. Only this time, she began experiencing periods of depression and then periods of extreme hyperactivity and violence. She would scream at her husband and children, and even walk up to her husband and hit him. One day, her 12-year-old son made a nasty comment to his mother and she snapped. She grabbed him and threw him against the kitchen counter, screamed in his face, and punched him. The stress of the loss of income, and the need to manage the children's online school, plus the lack of sleep had caught up with her. Her husband called the police about her domestic violence episode.

Domestic Violence is at an All-Time High in Illinois

Domestic violence is at an all-time high in Illinois. A recent report showed that there have been 75 recent deaths from domestic violence in Illinois. The state of Illinois will give over $8 million to 11 different organizations that support people who are negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the organizations will receive funding to help prevent domestic violence and support domestic violence victims.

Unfortunately, this help is a drop in the bucket considering the millions of Illinois residents who are experiencing extreme financial hardship, as well as daunting medical health challenges from the isolation caused by coronavirus shutdowns.

Most of us assume that we would never commit an act of domestic violence. However, even the most loving spouses and parents can feel the temptation to lash out violently when under extreme pressure. Having to endure a pandemic shows us that many of us do not have the coping skills to endure job loss, financial pressures, and the need to stay or work from home in isolation with our families. Poor mental health is at crisis levels right now in Illinois and throughout the country.

Defending Against Domestic Violence Charges

If you have been charged with domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery, you need a solid criminal defense strategy. When you need a lawyer, experience matters. At Glasgow & Olsson, our skilled lawyers have extensive experience successfully representing clients against domestic violence charges. Contact Glasgow & Olsson today to schedule your initial consultation.

Domestic Violence is at an All-Time High in Illinois

A Schaumburg couple has been isolating with their children since March. One of their sons was born prematurely and has chronic lung disease. If he contracts COVID-19, it could be deadly for him. The couple is already heavily in debt from his medical expenses and therapy. Their son's condition has also taken a toll on their marriage, making them somewhat resentful of each other. The wife had to quit her job to accommodate her son's medical appointments and therapies. The husband, as the sole income owner, was devastated to learn that he had lost his job at a local travel company due to the coronavirus shutdowns.

The isolation and financial hardship they are facing have led to major conflict within their marriage. One day, the wife made an insulting comment about the husband not being able to earn enough money. Feeling ashamed and devastated for not being able to provide for his family, he reacted by striking her across the face for the first time ever. She called the police, and now the husband is facing domestic violence charges. Unfortunately, he is not alone. The combination of isolation from coronavirus shutdowns with the financial hardship of losing a job, or having one’s salary or hours reduced can tempt many people to snap and engage in acts of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence is on the Rise

The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence has reported that domestic violence deaths continue to increase. In a recent report, they noted that 75 people have died in Illinois due to domestic violence this year. they have also noticed an increase in suicide ideation and violent threats since the coronavirus pandemic began. There has even been a shocking number of children killed in domestic violence incidents.

Mental health is at an all-time low in the country, in part because people are unable to enjoy the support systems they usually do, such as church communities, extended family, and coworkers.

Illinois Domestic Battery Laws

Domestic violence is a crime in Illinois under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. Choking, harassing, hitting, kicking, threatening, or interfering with the freedom of another family or household member to move are all against the law in Illinois. Illinois prosecutors will bring domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery charges against those who engage in domestic violence.

A domestic battery happens when someone intentionally causes bodily harm to a household member or family member or makes physical contact in a provocative or insulting way. This crime is a class A misdemeanor, but if you already have a domestic violence conviction on your record, it will be charged as a class 4 felony. Aggravated domestic battery is a Class 2 felony That carries a penalty of at least three years in prison when the defendant has a prior domestic violence conviction.

Contact an Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyer Today

If you are facing domestic battery or aggravated domestic battery charges, it is essential that you speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. When you need a lawyer, experience matters. The skilled criminal defense lawyers at Glasgow & Olsson have successfully defended many Cook County clients against domestic violence charges. Contact our Schaumburg Law Firm today to schedule your initial consultation.