DUI Accident Defense Lawyer in Peoria
Arrested for an alcohol-related crash in Peoria?
Humans have been consuming alcoholic beverages since prehistoric times for a variety of dietary, medicinal and recreational purposes. Alcoholic beverages typically containing 5% to 40% ethanol by volume have been produced for human consumption for thousands of years. However, it wasn't until 1886 when the first automobile was born when we started to be concerned with the short-term effects alcohol has on our central nervous system and its corresponding effects on our ability to drive safely.
Depending upon the amount of alcohol consumed, the common effects associated with alcohol consumption include:
- Overall improvement in mood or euphoria
- Increased sociability
- Impaired judgment
- Impaired muscle coordination
- Delayed reactions
- Blurred vision
- Impaired balance
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports that in 2010, over 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – equaling one every 51 minutes. The Illinois Department of Transportation reports that each year, about 310,000 people suffers injuries from alcohol-related traffic crashes, averaging to one person injured every 2 minutes.
Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Other Drugs
Under Section 11-501 of the Illinois Statutes, it's unlawful for a person to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more or while under the influence of an intoxicating compound or combination thereof.
Under Section 11-501(d), Aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, or intoxicating compounds or any combination thereof, a person will be charged with aggravated DUI if when in violation of this section, was involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement to another.
A person convicted of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, or intoxicating compounds, or any combination thereof is guilty of a Class 4 felony and shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment ranging from 1 to 12 years and up to a $25,000 fine.
If as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol the defendant was involved in a motor vehicle accident which resulted in death of another person, it shall be charged as a Class 2 felony, which can result in up to 14 years imprisonment, or up to 28 years imprisonment if the violation resulted in the death of two or more persons.
Contact a Peoria DUI Lawyer
In virtually all alcohol-related crashes, the collision was entirely accidental and the defendant never intended for anyone to get hurt. If you have been arrested for an alcohol-related crash, your situation is critical and depending on the facts of the case, you could be facing years behind prison bars.
We urge you to contact Peoria DUI attorney from the Johnson Law Group. Our aggressive DUI defense team has over 100 years of combined experience defending even the most serious of DUI charges, including multiple DUIs.
You have too much to lose to not have a strong defense – contact our firm today for the aggressive defense representation you and your family needs!
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