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For second time, woman faces 5-year DUI prison sentence

For a second time, an Illinois woman has been sentenced to a five-year prison sentence concerning a driving under the influence conviction. This was said to be her fourth DUI conviction and she was reportedly convicted in 2002 and 2008. The 2008 conviction also had resulted in a five-year sentence.

Her latest arrest occurred in October. During that arrest it was claimed the woman was parked upon the side of the road. State police took her to the hospital because they were purportedly concerned that she might have a particular medical condition. A chemical test was at some point taken with a claimed blood-alcohol reading of 0.167.

The penalties will get steeper with each DUI conviction and that's why it's essential to receive legal help when charged. The woman is 60-years-old and presuming she serves out her full sentence she will not be leaving prison until the age of most people's retirement. This demonstrates how severe the penalties for a DUI can be - especially when we are speaking of subsequent convictions.

Attorneys can pursue a number of strategies that may prevent one's circumstances from worsening. Even in circumstances where a conviction is the result, attorneys can look for alternatives so that individuals charged with a DUI avoid spending time in prison. This could involve remedies such as court supervision, community service or probation. In certain circumstances attorneys can get a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor through some haggling with county prosecutors.

Without having experience in dealing in this area of law, plea negotiations by individuals arrested are likely not to be successful.

Source: News-Gazette, "Woman, 60, pleads to aggravated DUI, sent to prison for second time," Mary Schenk, April 17, 2014

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