Illinois DUI Resulting Death Defense Attorneys
DuPage County Lawyer Aggressively Defends Charges of DUI Resulting in Death
There are not many states in the nation with DUI laws more stringent than those in Illinois. Determined to curb DUI-related accidents and fatalities on the State’s roadways, prosecutors are serious about bringing DUI offenders to court to face life-altering consequences, especially when a death occurs. If you are arrested for DUI resulting in the death, your life and family will be drastically impacted. An attorney experienced in DUIs involving a death is essential to the protection of your rights and avoiding harsh penalties. Since 1992, the attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have offered experienced, effective, and affordable legal representation for DUI charges involving death for clients.
Charges for DUI Resulting in Death in Illinois and DuPage County
The vast majority of DUI arrests in Illinois involve alcohol. Because alcohol is a depressant, many DUI drivers are subject to falling asleep at the wheel, running red lights, hit and run, driving in the improper lane, speeding, reckless driving, property damage, and serious car accidents. When drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs cause an accident that leads to the death of a passenger riding with them, or someone in another car, or a pedestrian, the Class 2 felony DUI charge may bring other serious criminal charges, such as vehicular manslaughter or reckless homicide. An aggravated DUI resulting in death may be punishable by:
- Not less than 3 years, nor more than 14 years, in the case of the death of 1 person
- Not less than 6 years, or more than 28 years in the case of the death of 2 or more persons, a fine of not more than $25,000
- A requirement to serve 85% of any term of imprisonment
- No sentence of probation, unless the court finds that “extraordinary circumstances” exist requiring probation
- The revocation of driving privileges for a minimum of 2 years from the effective date of the revocation, or from the date of release from incarceration for the offense
DUI resulting in death or reckless homicide will cause the seizure or impounding of your vehicle, suspension or revocation of driving privileges, and escalated charges for a previous conviction of reckless homicide or aggravated DUI involving death or great bodily harm. DUI law includes an added provision for a Class 2 felony of reckless homicide committed while driving in a construction or maintenance zone, including possible imprisonment of 3-14 years, and the possible imprisonment of 6-28 years if it’s a single incident involving the deaths of two or more persons.
The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. are skilled in navigating the myriad legalities and consequences of DUIs resulting in death. We are focused on negating or reducing your charges, fines, and penalties, which can be devastating. When you entrust your case to us, you can be assured of diligent, aggressive, and effective legal defense on your behalf. Contact us for a free initial consultation and let us review with you the options you have and how we can help. We have three convenient offices in the Chicago area and serve DUI clients in DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties.