Monday, January 27, 2014

Attorney Busted For DUI After Drinking With Client

A recent complaint filed by the Illinois Administrator alleges these circumstances that led to a DUI conviction:

 In the afternoon and evening of December 14,  2010, Respondent had consumed at least three shots of vodka and beer at a  bowling alley bar in West Chicago, Illinois. While he was drinking at the bar,  Respondent received a telephone call from a client. Respondent thereafter drove  from the bowling alley to meet the client at a home in Glendale Heights,  Illinois. While meeting with the client, Respondent consumed at least two orange  juice glass size glasses of tequila. After consuming the alcoholic beverages and  meeting with the client for approximately an hour, Respondent again began  driving his motor vehicle.

After leaving the meeting with his client at  about 9:30 pm, Respondent began driving his vehicle towards his home in Forest  Park, Illinois. During the drive, Respondent was speeding and was pulled over by  an Illinois State Police officer for driving 80 mph in a 55 mph zone and for his  failure to signal when he changed lanes. The officer smelled alcohol on  Respondent’s breath and asked Respondent to perform field sobriety tests.  Respondent failed the field sobriety tests and registered a .25 blood-alcohol  concentration on a portable breathalyzer test.

Things get worse.

After the conviction

On August 22, 2011, after the removal of the  [ankle monitor] SCRAM device, Respondent, in violation of his February 11, 2011 sentencing  order, consumed a pint of vodka. After August 22, 2011, Respondent continued to  consume vodka on a daily basis, and by early 2012, Respondent consumed up to two  pints of vodka a day, in violation of his February 17, 2011 sentencing order.

On August 23, 2012, the Administrator of the  ARDC received correspondence from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office,  with concerns that Respondent smelled like alcohol during two court appearances  he made on behalf of clients in criminal cases.

Probation was revoked. (Mike Frisch)

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