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DUI charges resulted in 4-year sentence

On Nov. 9, an Illinois man was sentenced to four years in prison for aggravated driving under the influence. The man was facing charges related to an incident that occurred on May 28.

On that day, the man was driving a gray 1999 Lincoln Continental in Murphysboro. He crossed in front of officers, hit a stop sign and pulled back onto the street. He then motioned for officers to go around him, but when they attempted to pull him over, he drove into a private driveway, through a yard and down an alley before police could stop him.

The man was driving with a revoked license and performed poorly on the field sobriety tests that were administered. He would not provide a breath sample, and he was charged with motor vehicle accident involving damage to a vehicle, driving while license is revoked and aggravated driving under the influence along with several other offenses. He pleaded open to aggravated driving under the influence, and the other charges were dropped as a result.

Drunk driving charges may leave individuals facing serious consequences as in this case. In some cases, as the man did in this case, defendants and their attorneys may work out a deal in which some charges are dropped. A criminal defense attorney may be able to discuss the best strategies, and in some cases, the strategy may depend upon whether it is the first DUI charge or if the client has faced previous charges. If there were irregularities in detaining the defendant, an attorney might even seek to get the charges dismissed. An individual might also plead innocent if there were extenuating circumstances such as medication for a medical condition that made it appear the defendant was intoxicated.

Source: KFVS, "Murphysboro man sentenced to 4 years for aggravated DUI," Joshua Murray, Nov. 9, 2015

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