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The Ramifications of a DUI Resulting in Harm 

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The Ramifications of a DUI Resulting in Harm Illinois law enforcement officials are constantly searching for signs of drunk drivers. The concern over drinking and driving is warranted, considering the thousands of Americans that lose their lives each year due to inebriated driving. If you have been arrested on DUI charges, it is important to understand the way in which a conviction can impact your life. In DUI cases in which a person suffers significant injuries, the legal consequences can be incredibly severe. Below we will discuss the ramifications of a DUI resulting in injury

The Legal Consequences 

In Illinois, all felony DUI charges are classified as aggravated DUIs. If a person is injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, the inebriated driver will face felony charges. According to Illinois state law, a DUI resulting in great bodily harm to another party constitutes a Class 4 felony charge. If the defendant is sentenced to prison, they will face a minimum one-year sentence and up to 12 years in prison. If a person is charged with a standard DUI after previously being convicted of a DUI resulting in harm, the charges will be elevated from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class 3 felony. 

If a person is charged with a DUI resulting in the death of another person, they will face Class 2 felony charges. If the incident resulted in the death of one person, the defendant will face three to 14 years in prison. If multiple people were killed in the accident, the defendant could spend up to 28 years in prison. 

If a person is convicted of a DUI resulting in injury to a passenger under the age of 16, the driver will face Class 4 felony charges, fines as high as $2,500 and up to three years in prison. A second DUI conviction while transporting someone under the age of 16 will constitute a Class 2 felony charge. 

Contact an Oak Brook DUI Defense Attorney 

When a person is arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and has injured another party, they will be facing life-changing legal consequences. At McMahon Law Offices, we are dedicated to defending our clients and doing everything we can to avoid a conviction. When facing a charge of such magnitude, you deserve an experienced and knowledgeable defense lawyer. To schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled DuPage County criminal defense attorney, contact our team today at 630-953-4400. 

Sources:

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

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