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Illinois man sentenced after guilty plea

A 41-year-old man was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated DUI and driving with a revoked license after causing a collision that injured four people, including three children. The accident had occurred in March 2014 and the man had pleaded guilty on Jan. 8. He must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence, and he was given credit for 471 days that he had already served in Kent County jail.

The judge in the case admonished the man for trying to be above the law and for the vanity plate that was on the man's 1990 Cadillac he was driving at the time of the accident. The man had been cited for unlicensed driving nine times in the past, and he had also been cited for a DUI in 1994. His blood alcohol content at the time of the 2014 accident was .294, which is almost four times the legal limit.

One of the children who was an occupant of the car that was struck required 20 staples to treat a head injury while the driver suffered a concussion and a spinal injury.

DUI penalties are stiff in Illinois, and those who have been charged may want to have legal representation in order to combat the charges, especially in a case where the alleged blood alcohol content level is high. If it represents a first offense, a criminal defense attorney might try to strike a deal with the prosecutor that would involve entering a guilty plea in exchange for an agreement to attend alcohol awareness and victim impact classes instead of a harsher penalty.

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