Source : johndelaneylaw.com
By : John M. Delaney
Category : Matthews Bark
Posted By : Contact the Attorney General
A 32-year-old woman from Batavia, Illinois, has been sentenced to four years’ prison time after presenting her criminal defense for a driving under the influence charge. The woman pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated driving under the influence after she crashed her car on her way home from her child’s school. That charge is a Class 2 felony.
Authorities report the Nov. 27 incident happened at about 9 a.m. when the woman crashed into a utility box at the intersection of North Avenue and North Jefferson Street. The woman reportedly appeared glassy-eyed, with slurry speech and smelling strongly of alcohol. The woman subsequently failed a sobriety test and was arrested at the scene. Further toxicology tests revealed the woman’s blood alcohol content registered at about 0.19 percent, more than twice the state’s legal limit, according to police.
The woman had accrued three other DUI violations between 1997 and 2007, according to local police. At the time of her most recent incident, she was on probation for a 2011 Class 1 felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. As a result, she was resentenced in connection with that case at the same time she received the prison term for the recent DUI.
The woman will receive credit for 165 days already served in the Kane County jail; she was unable to post the $20,000 bail. It should be noted the felony convictions do not include the possibility of parole, so the woman will likely serve at least 85 percent of her sentence.
In this case, the woman faced a significantly higher risk of jail time because of compounding factors associated with her case. Not every drunk driver goes to prison, and many are even exonerated after a skillful lawyer presents their case. If you are facing DUI charges and do not know where to turn, consider speaking to a qualified criminal defense attorney. These professionals can help you learn more about your legal rights and options.