In the state of Illinois, DUI charges are taken very seriously. Prosecutors and law enforcement typically punish offenders to the fullest extent of the law due to the risk drunk drivers pose to the public. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 10,874 deaths resulting from car crashes involving drivers with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher in 2017. This means 29 percent of all fatal traffic accidents were caused by drivers who were under the influence of alcohol.
Repeat offenders are punished even more harshly, which does not bode well for an Illinois man who is accused of committing his third DUI and his 12th offense of driving with a suspended driver’s license.
According to Will County Circuit Court records, the 46-year-old man faces seven aggravated DUI charges. This is the man’s 12th driving with a suspended or revoked license offense and his third of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Court records indicate he faces two charges for DUI; three charges for aggravated DUI being a third offense, with one of those charges stating his blood-alcohol content was over .16; three counts of aggravated DUI with a suspended driver’s license; one count of aggravated DUI with no valid driver’s license; and two counts of violating a statutory summary suspension while committing a DUI.
Many of the man’s charges are considered to be aggravated because he has had more than one DUI conviction and more than one offense of driving with a suspended or revoked license. According to Illinois law, for each aggravated DUI charge, he faces possible imprisonment of three to seven years, up to $25,000 in fines, a minimum 10-year revocation of driving privileges and a suspension of his vehicle registration. With one offense of having a BAC over .16, he also faces mandatory imprisonment of at least 90 days and a mandatory minimum fine of $2,500.
Any DUI charge can carry serious consequences, but an aggravated DUI allegation increases punishments significantly. If you have been charged with any type of DUI violation, hiring a skilled Rolling Meadows, IL DUI defense attorney is the best choice you can make. Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law has decades of experience defending clients against DUI charges. Contact our office today to see how we can help you avoid a conviction. Call us at 847-253-3400 to schedule a free consultation.
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