A man in Illinois was recently accused of drinking and driving. However, this was not his first DUI arrest. The man’s driver’s license was revoked at the time of his recent arrest, as he had already racked up five previous drunk driving convictions in the county where the recent arrest took place.
The man’s most recent arrest is now his sixth one involving DUI in about 13 years. As a result of this arrest, he may end up spending time behind prison bars. He is current charged with three felonies.
The man is also charged with aggravated DUI (two counts) and aggravated driving with a license that had been revoked (one count). His bond was set at a total of $200,000. This meant he had to post $20,000 to be free pending his criminal trial.
Those who are arrested for DUI in Illinois may naturally be worried about the potential consequences of such an arrest. This is particularly true for those who are accused of being repeat offenders. However, just because they have been arrested and charged does not mean they are actually guilty, as prosecutors must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt before convictions can be handed down. Rather than going to trial to fight the charges, some defendants may seek to strike plea agreements with the prosecutors, which could result in lower charges and thus ultimately lighter sentences for the accused. Either way, an attorney will strive to ensure that the client’s best interests and rights are protected during all stages of these types of criminal proceedings.
Source: Joliet, IL, Patch, “Joliet Resident Daniel C. Wells, 54, Charged With 6th DUI“, John Ferak, July 26, 2017