Multiple charges against a person who is accused of a crime can make presenting a strong defense more difficult. When the court wants to convey the seriousness of the crime to the defendant and the community at large, they may propose longer sentences than the minimum mandated by the law. Guilty pleas and other bargaining with the court may be a tool for defendants to get reduced charges in DUI cases and show a willingness to work with the courts of Illinois. Such bargaining may work to a defendant's advantage.
A judge recently found "extraordinary circumstances" in the case of an East Peoria man who pled guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of marijuana after a fatal accident that that killed a Sparland motorcycle rider last year. He later pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated DUI in exchange for a prison sentence limited to no more than 12 years. He was sentenced recently to 180 days in jail, drug treatment, and four years of probation.
Illinois police believe that a man accused of a drunk driving accident has lied to them in order to escape criminal punishment. The crash occurred last year near the town of Alhambra. Investigators interviewed one of the occupants of the cars involved in the crash and were told there was another man driving the car who ran away from the scene of the accident. When the man was taken to the hospital, his blood alcohol level allegedly tested at 1.4 percent, leading investigators to charge him with drunk driving.