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Man charged with drunk driving for seventh time

A 48-year-old man was arrested in Illinois for his seventh consecutive drunk driving offense. The man, from Bolingbrook, was accused of aggravated DUI, and bail was set at $75,000. The defendant needs to pay 10 percent of that amount in order to be released before trial.

The man was reportedly arrested on Route 59; the police officer from Naperville who stopped him accused him of speeding and improperly using the lanes. After stopping him, the police performed a breath test and claimed that his blood alcohol concentration was greater than 0.08 percent, the legal limit. According to law enforcement, the man's driver's license was already suspended or revoked when he was stopped.

The DuPage County State's Attorney commented on the arrest, saying that the man's alleged drunk driving behavior was irresponsible and reckless but admitted that no one was injured due to the man's driving before being stopped. The accused man is scheduled to appear in court in May on the charge, which is a Class X felony. He faces a sentence of 6 to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Drunk driving charges can have life-changing consequences even if people are being accused of DUI for the first time. People who are convicted of DUI in Illinois can face prison or jail time, expensive fines or a loss of driving privileges for a minimum of a year as well as the installation of a mandatory ignition interlock.

The consequences can be even more significant for people charged with DUI for a second or third time; conviction could result in a felony criminal record as well as substantial penalties. A criminal defense lawyer may help people facing drunk driving charges to mount a defense before trial and in the courtroom.

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