Any person who has driven after the sun has set knows that a driver's visibility can be significantly reduced at night. If a person were driving on a dimly lit street, it might be difficult to see pedestrians in the roadway. This is especially true if those pedestrians are not in a crosswalk, or if they attempt to cross unexpectedly. However, after an accident that could have just as easily been caused by reduced visibility, one man now faces a DUI charge after a pedestrian fatality in Illinois.
Crimes happen all the time, and police work diligently to investigate criminal allegations and bring the perpetrators to justice. However, their focus on finding someone to blame can lead to incorrect accusations. For example, there are many questions to be answered after an alleged home invasion in Chicago apparently led to two deaths and left two people charged with murder.
The law is sometimes intricate and complex. For people in Illinois who have not studied law, facing a felony charge could be similar to trying to interpret a foreign language. Fortunately, the Bill of Rights defines many different rights that are afforded to those who face criminal charges. Without intimate knowledge of these rights, however, a defendant could become overwhelmed as he or she goes through the court system.
As in all things, hearing the other side of a story can truly put certain events into perspective. For example, a man walking slowly down a dark street staring at each house may seem suspicious to some, but he could easily be looking for the street number for a house he has never visited before. Whether or not something is suspicious is relative. In Chicago, police searched and arrested a man on charges of drug possession after allegedly observing what they described as suspicious behavior.