A drunk driving charge may bring serious penalties to a defendant’s life, especially if it resulted in the death or injury of another driver or passenger. An Illinois man is facing the possibility of extensive time behind bars for his role in an accident that claimed the life of one person. A conviction for an aggravated DUI, which is a federal offense, will have implications that will affect the rest of his life.
Details of the crash
The fatal collision took place on December 30th of last year. The accident report states that the defendant had a blood alcohol content that was more than .08% when his vehicle collided head-on with another. The driver of the second vehicle died at the scene of the accident, and the defendant suffered injuries in the accident as well. He was released into the custody of the police after he was released from a rehabilitation center.
The crash occurred after the defendant’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming SUV. It then rolled over and caught fire. The defendant is currently facing three to 14 years in prison if convicted. If there are sufficient extraordinary circumstances, it is possible he could get probation.
The right defense
This Illinois defendant would be wise to work on identifying and developing the most appropriate and effective defense strategy available to him. A careful assessment of his case will reveal how he should move forward. With the right defense approach, he may be able to secure probation instead of time behind bars.