Former Chicago Bears quarterback Bob Avellini, as some Chicago readers may have already heard, was arrested for drunk driving last September. According to police records from the incident, Avellini’s blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
The penalties for DUI in Illinois are severe. A 19-year-old man convicted of a second DUI in one year has now been sentenced to 5 and 1/2 years in prison.
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.
The consequences of being charged with a DUI are already serious. However, the penalties for being charged with subsequent DUIs are even more severe.
An Illinois truck driver had been arrested for driving while under the influence a second time in a month. His blood-alcohol content was claimed to be 0.179 during the first arrest that occurred on Dec. 29. He was arrested again on Jan. 28 and this time the blood-alcohol level was reportedly at 0.288.
Illinois legislators are debating a proposal to restore certain driving privileges to individuals that have received four DUI convictions. These individuals will be able to apply for a restricted driving permit at least five years after the license was last revoked. These drivers would have to demonstrate three straight years of "uninterrupted sobriety" and have finished rehab through a licensed program.
A 32-year-old Romeoville man was arrested in Naperville a little more than two weeks ago. According to court records, he will shortly stand trial on charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol with a suspended or revoked license, as well as aggravated DUI without a valid license and several other driving offenses. The man has a prior conviction for driving under the influence in Cook County in 2010, according to a spokesperson for the State's Attorney. As a person with a prior conviction, the Illinois man faces substantial criminal penalties, if found guilty.
A former Chicago Bears quarterback was arrested for drunken driving on September 15 of this year. The arrest occurred 9 days after he was convicted of misdemeanor DUI by a DuPage County judge. The man, who lives in Roselle, Illinois, is now facing felony DUI charges after being indicted by a DuPage County grand jury this week. In total, the grand jury indicted him on 5 counts of aggravated driving under the influence. With 2 prior convictions and a suspended license, the charges against him could result in up to 7 years in prison.
As a DUI lawyer in the State of Illinois, I am often contacted by clients who need to reinstate their drivers license. Once in a while, I am contacted by a person who needs help with a driving while license revoked charge or an aggravated driving while license revoked charge. Recently, a client contacted me who received an offer of three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with a different attorney. I told him I did not know if I could improve the offer, but I would give him my best effort to see if there was anything we could do.
There was. We were able to reduce the amount of jail time that was on the table for him for over six months. We cut the offer in half. While we have represented numerous clients and have had many successful results in representing clients charged with aggravated driving while license revoked or suspended, this was a great success for our client. There is nothing better as a criminal defense lawyer then to obtain a result that your client is ecstatic about receiving. In this case, he was.
If you have any questions about a DUI charge or a license revocation issue, please feel free to contact criminal lawyer Michael T Noris or DUI lawyer John Callahan anytime.
- Posted by DUI lawyer John Callahan