Long after a DUI accident scene is cleared, the impact continues to unfold. If the accident results in the unfortunate death of another, the case moves from civil to criminal court and is punishable by time in the Illinois Department of Corrections. You cannot face these charges alone. Seek a DUI defense attorney with extensive criminal case experience to be your advocate.
The law offices ofGlasgow & Olsson provides skilled representation for people accused of DUI cases. Attorney Thomas Glasgow is a noted author and instructor on DUI defense in Chicagoland and beyond. Under his direction, the firm will build a strong defense on your behalf.
Consequences for a DUI Resulting in Death
In Illinois, a DUI conviction may lead to summary suspension of your driver’s license. A DUI that involves the unfortunate death of another, also referred to as Aggravated/Felony DUI, is a Class 2 felony. While a summary suspension can keep you from driving for a length of time, a felony is a serious crime that will follow you for the rest of your life.
According to Illinois Compiled Statutes (625 ILCS 5/11-501), a conviction of a Class 2 felony in an Aggravated DUI carries a sentence of not less than three years and not more than 14 years for the death of one person. If more than one person dies, the sentence increases to a minimum of six years and a maximum of 28 years in prison. Probation is rare and such a conviction requires that 85% of the sentence is served. In addition to jail time, Class 2 felonies carry fines up to $25,000.
Besides jail time and fines, there is the impending struggle with securing employment as a convicted felon after time served. You do not want a felony on your record. No matter what the circumstances of your situation are, you need a knowledgeable attorney who is well-versed in civil and criminal matters to handle your DUI accusation. Our attorneys have a reputation for honest, fair treatment of clients and aggressive courtroom representation.
Defending Against a DUI Charge
If you are in an accident, your blood alcohol level is at .08 or above and death or great bodily harm occurs, you will likely be charged with a felony. It will be up to the State to prove your blood alcohol level at the time of the accident. Drinking before an accident does not equal an automatic conviction. We will look at every detail of your case and investigate the circumstances of the traffic stop and the alcohol testing methods used. We will challenge every piece of evidence, explore all possible defenses and seek the best possible outcome for your case.
Choose a firm with experience on both sides of the case. Our lead attorney, Mr. Thomas Glasgow has served as a prosecutor and defender for DUI cases. He has a vested interest in impacting the lives of his clients in a personal, positive way. Contact us to get the sound legal help you need. Se habla español. We help people across Cook, Kane and DuPage Counties. Our offices are in Schaumburg, Illinois, and we serve clients in Barrington, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Wheaton, and throughout Chicagoland. Please call (847) 577-8700 today.