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People of the State of Illinois v. S.W.

Our client was arrested after driving in front of a police car, and the officer alleged observed our client swerving within his lane of traffic several times, weaving outside the lane of traffic, driving off the roadway onto the curb where the officer activated his lights and stopped the vehicle. Upon approach to the car, our client had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot, glassy eyes, slurred and mumbled speech, could not recite the alphabet, and failed five field sobriety tests. This was our client's first arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, and the state offered him a period of court supervision on the condition that he obtain an alcohol evaluation and attend the classes. We refused the state's offer of supervision and proceeded to trial. We contested the statutory summary suspension and won, and the court entered an order directing the Secretary of State to reinstate our client's driving privilege and to remove the suspension from his driving record. We then proceeded to a trial in this case, and our client was found not guilty of all charges and discharged. Obviously, he never had a conviction on his driving record for driving under the influence of alcohol, never had court supervision, nor was his driving privileges ever impaired.