August 21, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- A DUI conviction comes with harsh consequences such as substantial fines, driver's license revocation and potential prison time. CBS Chicago reports that a 43 year-old man was recently sentenced to 13 years in prison after multiple DUI convictions.
Man apologized and pleaded with judge during sentencing
The man previously received 10 DUI citations as well as two citations for boating while intoxicated. Many of his previous charges were dropped or resulted in not guilty verdicts.
In terms of the current charge, police officers allege that after being pulled over, the man was slurring his words, smelled of alcohol and had poor balance. The man refused a breathalyzer test but officers claim he failed the field sobriety tests.
During the sentencing the man apologized and admitted that he had made a mistake. The Chicago Daily Herald reports that the minimum sentence the man could have received was six years. However, the man was still sentenced to the 13-years.
A DUI comes with severe penalties in Illinois
According to information from the Illinois Secretary of State, driving under the influence is defined as operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs. Illinois law states that a driver with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher is legally considered to be driving under the influence. A driver who is using an illegal substance or impaired by medication may also be charged with a DUI
Approximately 85 percent of drivers arrested for a DUI are first-time offenders. An initial DUI charge is a misdemeanor; however, it still comes with severe penalties, including:
Potential jail time of up to one year
License revocation of one year
Fines of up to $2,500
Penalties increase with subsequent offenses. Driving privileges are revoked for a minimum of five years if a driver is convicted of a second DUI within 20 years of the first conviction, and fines may increase as well.
Third and higher DUI convictions are felonies with fines that may reach as high as $25,000. Additionally, driving privileges are revoked for life after a fourth conviction.
Potential prison time increases with each conviction as well. Third and fourth DUI convictions come with a mandatory prison sentence of between three and seven years. Prison time for a fifth conviction is between four and 15 years, while sixth and subsequent convictions are considered class X felonies with potential prison time between six and thirty years.
An individual facing a DUI charge should consult with an experienced DUI attorney. A qualified attorney can protect important rights and help mitigate the negative consequences associated with a DUI charge.