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How a DUI Case Involving Bodily Harm Could Impact You 

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How a DUI Case Involving Bodily Harm Could Impact YouAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 30 people die each day in drunk driving accidents throughout the U.S. Because of this, law enforcement officers are constantly on the lookout for signs of inebriated driving. In Illinois, upwards of 25,000 drivers were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, throughout 2018. A DUI charge can drastically change a person’s life, impacting their ability to secure employment or find housing. A charge can be especially severe if an accident occurred resulting in bodily harm to another party. Below, we will examine the legal implications of a DUI charge involving injuries or even death to another person.  

The Legal Consequences

According to Illinois state law, a standard DUI charge constitutes a Class A misdemeanor. Those charges will be elevated significantly if a person is hurt in an accident and the driver is charged with inebriated driving. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, a DUI in which a person is caused significant bodily harm will constitute an aggravated DUI charge. It should be noted that other transgressions can result in a DUI being elevated to an aggravated DUI, such as driving under the influence without a valid license or on a license that has been previously suspended for a DUI conviction.

If a collision causes great bodily harm to a person, including disability or permanent disfigurement, one will face a Class 4 felony charge and complete revocation of driving privileges for a minimum of two years. In Illinois, a Class 4 felony conviction could result in one to three years in prison and fines as high as $25,000. Even though a Class 4 felony is the least severe of all felony charges, it is easy to see how a conviction of that magnitude could drastically impact one’s life. If a person is fatally injured by a person that has been driving under the influence, the driver will face Class 2 felony charges, potentially resulting in up to seven years in prison. 

Contact an Oak Brook DUI Defense Lawyer

At McMahon Law Offices, we have years of experience assisting clients involved in DUI cases. If your DUI case involves injuries to another party, it is time to seek out the assistance of a qualified legal team. A felony charge can change your life forever, and we will do everything in our power to lessen the severity of any potential conviction. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a skilled Oak Brook DUI defense attorney, call us today at 630-953-4400. 

Sources

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

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