An Illinois woman recently learned that she would be spending a significant amount of time behind bars because of her role in an alcohol-related accident. She was previously convicted of causing a DUI accident that took the life of the father of one of her children. She was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, and she will receive alcohol treatment help while she is incarcerated.
Because the woman has already been behind bars for almost 100 days, she will likely only spend around one year in jail once she reports to begin her sentence. A few months ago she pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI, admitting that she was under the influence of alcohol when she was in the accident. She did not have a valid license at the time of the crash.
When the accident occurred, she lost control of her vehicle, which then left the road and crashed into a tree. The passenger later died from injuries related to blunt force trauma. There was video evidence of the accident from a security camera on a local residence, and law enforcement testified in court that the driver’s BAC was more than three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.
An Illinois driver facing charges related to a fatal DUI accident should take quick action to secure defense counsel. In cases where it is most prudent to plead guilty, an attorney can strive to ensure that the defendant’s rights are protected and fight for lower penalties during sentencing. Regardless of the details of the individual case, an individual can fight to protect his or her long-term interests.