Less than a month ago, a man arrested for a DUI had his bail set at $500,000 in Cook County. He has six prior DUI convictions, and they are under five different names. The judge who set the bond also cited the fact that the 34-year-old man has another DUI case currently pending in Skokie. Earlier that weekend, the man had been pulled over by police for a
traffic violation. He was then asked to perform sobriety tests, and he failed them. He also refused a breath test. The man is charged with an aggravated DUI, aggravated driving with a suspended license, and he also faces the charge of possession of fictitious ID. According to Cook County authorities, he could facing anywhere from six to thirty years in prison if he gets his seventh DUI conviction.
This case highlights the severity of facing multiple DUI charges. If you are being charged as a repeat offender, the prison sentences, fines, and license suspension penalties can immediately escalate. It also should be noted that
refusing a breath or blood test can create further problems. Whoever has a driver's license in Illinois has implied their consent to take these chemical tests when their
blood alcohol levels need to be assessed. What this means is that if you refuse to take a breath or blood test, then your license will automatically be suspended for a year. This refusal is also something that a prosecutor will be eager to use in court to paint you in a bad light.
All this can add up to a harsh sentence that will leave its lasting trace on your personal record, diminishing your future. And this is true without even addressing the charge of using fictitious identification. This charge alone is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to $2,500 in fines and a year in jail—for a first offense. Any subsequent charges of this felony offense could mean being charged with a Class 4 or Class 3 felony, which could translate into as much as three to seven years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
If you face any of these serious criminal charges, then you need a Chicago DUI attorney on your side who is committed to protecting your full constitutional rights and safeguarding your future. You can find the rigorous defense that you deserve at the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege. No matter how complex your charges, you can find the legal help you need at our firm. You can reach Attorney Schmiege 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn how we could defend your reputation and future when you schedule your free consultation. Contact us today!