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Illinois man with 15 DUIs charged with driving without a license

A man who has been convicted of DUI 16 times has now been charged with driving on a revoked driver's license. Due to the charges, which were handed down in March, he has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. His attorney says he was driving to the scene of a car accident involving his wife in Arlington Heights in order to assist her.

The 52-year-old man had his driver's license revoked in 2017. According to prosecutors, he gave police at the March car crash a fake driver's license. At that time, he was free on bond on a pending DUI charge that involved a crash with a party bus in Des Plaines. He is alleged to have fled the scene of that accident. If convicted, the man could spend up to 30 years in jail.

The most recent charges are for driving on a revoked license and for the fake ID. The Illinois Secretary of State commented on the case, stating that it illustrates the fact that some people do willfully disobey the law. The executive director of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists says that repeat DUI offenders need not only to have their privilege to drive removed, but they need treatment for alcohol abuse.

Usually, first or second drunk driving charges are misdemeanors, and a third is a felony. In some cases, however, a first or second charge could be a felony. Any DUI charge is a felony if the driver causes an accident that harms or kills another person. A felony DUI can result in lifetime driver's license suspension as well as prison time and mandatory drug or alcohol treatment.

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