The consequences of being charged with a DUI are already serious. However, the penalties for being charged with subsequent DUIs are even more severe.
A 41-year-old man is now facing eight years of imprisonment and another two years of mandatory supervised release after pleading guilty to the latest DUI charges. He reportedly has had four prior DUI offenses. It is claimed that he crashed his vehicle into a ditch this past September after running over two mailboxes.
In addition to the jail time, he will have to pay restitution for the damage he allegedly committed when the motor vehicle accident occurred. He will also be required to pay a $1,000 DUI assessment fee and court costs.
As we can't expect penalties to lessen in the coming years - especially for what are considered repeat offenses, it is important that each DUI matter be at least looked into and possibly contested before any plea deals are made. Even a first offense in Illinois can result in a year of imprisonment and fines of up to $2500. It could also involve revocation of one's driver's license for one-year.
An experienced drunk driving defense attorney obviously can help. Few people have the proper understanding of Illinois DUI law to understand the nature of charges brought against them. The laws can be confusing for individuals not accustomed to dealing with such matters. Also, representing oneself when there can be so much at stake is seldom a good idea. The consequences of a conviction can be long-lasting and negotiations with county prosecutors can be emotionally trying.
Source: The Southern Illinoisan, "Repeat DUI offender goes to prison," Scott Fitzgerald, April 3, 2014