Whenever you are caught driving under the influence, charges may be brought against you. Penalties for those charges are dependent upon a number of factors, including any previous convictions, age, blood alcohol level, and whether or not you were transporting a minor at the time. If, however, someone is injured or killed in a DUI-related accident, much heavier penalties could result. Such are the charges currently being faced by a man in the neighboring state of Wisconsin after a fatal DUI crash.
Conviction Carries Up to 162 Years in Prison
According to Fox News, two people were killed and one was injured in the crash last month. The driver of one of the vehicles is being charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license, causing death; two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle; one count of operating a motor vehicle while revoked causing great bodily harm; and one count of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. If he is convicted, he could be imprisoned for up to 162 years, the maximum penalty for all six charges. If the accident had occurred in Illinois, the man would likely be facing very similar charges with comparable potential penalties.
Defense Counsel Will Have an Uphill Battle
As the result DUI charges pending from last July, the man was driving on a suspended license. This, in all likelihood, makes his case more difficult to defend. Further complicating the case is his alleged admission, a statement in which he reportedly told police that he knew he was too drunk to drive. He also failed the field sobriety test. However, there is no evidence to determine how fast he was driving at the time or what his actual blood alcohol level may have been at the time of the accident.
DUI Charges Should be Handled by a Skilled Defense Attorney
Regardless of the severity of your charges, you should never speak with police, provide any admission of guilt, or attempt to handle the charges without competent legal counsel. Doing so can drastically alter the course of your case and may result in significant consequences. Instead, you should immediately seek the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney.
The Law Offices of Scott F. Anderson can provide more than 25 years of experience to your criminal DUI case. Skilled and aggressive, he knows how to protect your rights, fight your case, and pursue the most favorable results for your particular situation. But do not wait until things have spiraled out of control! Call 847-253-3400 and schedule your free initial consultation with a skilled DuPage County DUI criminal defense attorney today.
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