DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said he wasn't concerned that local prosecutors tend to charge far more than his office, saying penalties for the same crime can vary from county to county.
But in DuPage County
cites a 1990 IllinoisSupreme Court case that suggests towns, using their own ordinances, don't need permission to prosecute misdemeanor DUIs.
That leaves the power of persuasion, which Berlin
could use, if he
saw a major problem.
When told of the Tribune's findings, Berlin
couldn't explain why towns charged so much more - particularly for those getting the deal - but suspected the complex dynamics of cases were at play.
"I don't think that DUIs in the villages are for sale," he