Dec 11

DUI |

A 33-year-old Illinois man faces criminal charges for reckless homicide and aggravated DUI after allegedly causing a fatal crash in Livingston County, according to an article by The Pantagraph.

Official reports indicate that the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department responded to this incident just before midnight on Saturday, December 5th. The Illinois State Police, the Streator Police Department, the Reading Fire Department, and the Livingston County Coroner’s Office also assisted with this incident.

When the authorities arrived at 600 Block of South Park Street, they discovered an automobile accident. The Illinois man in question was driving the vehicle with a passenger. The passenger died as a result of injuries sustained during the accident. Law enforcement arrested the Illinois man at the scene.

After his arrest, the Illinois man posted bail in the amount of $15,000 and was released from police custody with a court date scheduled for December 28th. In the meantime, it seems fitting to review Illinois laws against aggravated DUI and reckless homicide. 

Aggravated DUI

625 ILCS 5/11-501 details the Illinois laws against aggravated DUI. Under this section, a standard DUI becomes aggravated DUI upon the third or subsequent offense. There are also other situations in which aggravated DUI charges are appropriate including but not limited to:

  • Driving a school bus with passengers on board;
  • Causing serious harm, disability, or disfigurement;
  • Operating a vehicle on a suspended or revoked license; and
  • Causing the death of another person.

Under Section 11-501, aggravated DUI is usually a Class 4 felony. If convicted, the statutory punishment for this type of felony includes a prison sentence between one and three years as well as criminal fines up to $25,000.

Reckless Homicide

720 ILCS 5/9-3 establishes the Illinois laws against reckless homicide. Under this section, a person commits reckless homicide if they unintentionally cause the death of someone else by:

  • Driving a motor vehicle or operating a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or watercraft in a reckless fashion; or
  • Using an incline on a bridge approach, hill, railroad crossing, or road to launch their vehicle into the air.

Under Section 9-3, reckless homicide is ordinarily a Class 3 felony. If convicted, the statutory punishment for this type of felony includes a prison sentence between two and five years as well as criminal fines up to $25,000. 

Do You Need Legal Help?

No matter what the criminal offense, all charges are serious. A sound strategy and an aggressive defense are essential for a positive outcome. To protect your rights in such situations, it is highly advisable to retain legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The Prior Law Firm in Bloomington, Illinois, has proven experience in matters of criminal defense. If you need legal help with criminal defense, contact us today for a free consultation. You can reach The Prior Law Firm by phone at (309) 827-4300, email at johnprior@thepriorlawfirm.com or by completing an online form.