Serious consequences for DUI manslaughter in Illinois
Those who are convicted of drinking and driving in Illinois face serious penalties, not the least of which are costly fines and related fees. The consequences of a DUI often go beyond financial and physical penalties. With a drunk driving conviction on his or her record, a person may face years of difficulty in getting or keeping a job, retaining driving privileges, paying monthly bills, rebuilding his or her reputation, and enjoying a normal life. These penalties are dramatically magnified if someone is accused of causing someone’s death while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Consequences for deadly drunk driving accidents in Illinois
The criminal justice system deals harshly with people who are convicted of deadly DUI accidents in Illinois. When someone accidentally causes the death of another, it is usually called involuntary manslaughter. When a person has been accused of unintentionally causing a death with a motor vehicle in Illinois, it is considered a reckless homicide and falls under the category of Aggravated DUI. According to Secretary of State Jesse White, a DUI death can result in a Class 2 felony charge.
Aggravated DUI resulting in someone’s death can earn a person three to 30 years in prison in Illinois. Other penalties for aggravated driving under the influence include the following:
- 100 hours or more of community restitution
- Up to $25,000 in fines
- Loss of driving privileges for at least two years
To illustrate these points, recently a 37-year-old woman from Bloomington received 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in a March accident. The Belleville News Democrat reported that the woman had been driving over 130 miles per hour at the time she ran a red light and struck another vehicle. The other car’s passenger, a 22-year-old Illinois State University student, was killed.
Contacting an attorney
If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving, you deserve to be treated fairly in court and to have your side heard. You will especially need to have your rights represented if you are facing serious drunk driving charges for driving with a high blood alcohol content or for causing an accident while intoxicated that resulted in someone’s death. The consequences for aggravated drunk driving or DUI manslaughter can be grave, and will not only affect you, but your family for years. An experienced drunk driving defense attorney can ensure that your rights are protected and keep you informed during each step of this difficult process.