DUI CAUSING DEATH LAWS
GET DEFENSE FROM A PROVEN CHICAGO DUI LAWYER
A DUI itself is a serious charge that can change your life for years to come. When a DUI involves the death of another individual, the court takes particular care to punish you to the fullest extent of the law. The state does not look at a DUI manslaughter as an accident. It is considered a serious crime.With so much at stake, it is crucial that you call our Chicago DUI attorney at Abdallah Law to discuss your case and protect your future in the face of the state's case against you.
POSSIBLE PENALTIES UNDER ILLINOIS LAW
Reckless homicide is typically classified as a Class 3 felony, however, the charge can be enhanced if the negligent driver was intoxicated above the legal limit. Such an offense could be charged as a Class 2 felony. When you have a felony on your record, you find yourself facing unnecessary hardship in many areas of your life, especially in the fields of education and employment.
Penalties can include the following:
- 1 to 14 years in jail for a fatality
- 6 to 28 years in jail for multiple fatalities
- Hefty fines and possible restitution to victims' families
- Suspension of your driver’s license
- Difficulty securing employment as a convicted felon
- Volunteering in a community service program
- Loss of professional licenses
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
- No early release, including time off for good behavior
In order to obtain a murder conviction in connection with a DUI case, the prosecution has to prove beyond reasonable doubt that your actions led directly to the alleged victim's death. Not only that, but they must be able to prove that you were truly under the influence, or your charges could be dropped to simple vehicular manslaughter or homicide.
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE OUR DUI ATTORNEYS?
If you are charged with DUI manslaughter, you need an experienced Chicago criminal defense lawyer from Abdallah Law who has a track record of success and knows how to handle tough cases. There are a number of defenses that can be employed when you have been accused of this crime. Importantly, just because you may have been drinking does not mean that you will be convicted of DUI manslaughter in Illinois courts.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the arrest, such as the reasons for the traffic stop or the alcohol testing methods used by law enforcement, our criminal defense attorneys can challenge every piece of evidence the state has against you. We offer our clients case consultations and 24 hour availability because we understand what a unique and stressful time it is when you are faced with such serious charges.