A DUI charge can be a very serious matter, particularly if you have previous convictions. As many drivers in Illinois know, the investigative process alone can be drawn out and time-consuming, not to mention emotionally draining. Furthermore, if you are found guilty of the drunk driving charges against you, there is a chance that you could be fined or even sentenced to time in prison.
A good defense is critical if you want to clear your name. However, there are some circumstances under which it can be more beneficial to plead guilty. This is often the case when it seems unlikely that you will avoid conviction. However, by choosing to enter a guilty plea, you may be able to negotiate a plea deal. This can result in lesser sentences or in some charges being dropped.
In Carbondale, Illinois, a 45-year-old man has been sentenced to a period of three years, to be served in the state’s Department of Corrections. This comes after he pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated DUI. This is thought to be the accused’s fourth violation of DUI laws within Illinois. He is alleged to have been found with a smell of alcohol on his breath and slurring his speech.
A criminal investigation is rarely a positive thing to have to go through, yet it can be difficult to know what to do when your future is in so much danger of being compromised by a conviction. Fortunately, you do not need to face the charges alone as an attorney may be able to offer the advice and support you need as you await your trial.
Source: KVFS, “Carbondale, IL man pleads guilty to aggravated DUI,” Amber Ruch, June 8, 2015