Klest Injury Law Firm
Fighting For The Injured For More Than 30 Years A Chicago Law Firm
Free Case Consultations
312-380-5467
Northwest Suburbs: 847-380-3309
Toll Free: 866-264-7639
Get A Free Case Evaluation

Illinois DUI Offender in Fatal Accident Given Unusual Sentence

Last summer, a man from East Peoria ran into a motorcycle with his car, killing the rider of the motorcycle. The driver of the car was found to have marijuana in his system at the time of the accident.

A judge recently sentenced the man to four years probation for the incident. The driver will have to serve 180 days in jail after completing an intense private drug treatment program that lasts for one year.

The judge explained his decision by citing the driver's diagnosis for hypoglycemia, which may have played a role in the reason why the man lost control of his car and crashed into the motorcyclist. The driver's defense attorney argued that his client had low blood sugar, leading to an apparent blackout.

The man pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence in return for a 12-year maximum on any prison term. He must also pay a $2,000 fine, participate in a DUI impact panel and complete 200 hours of public service.

The judge warned that his reasoning in handing down this sentence should not be seen as a blueprint for other DUI offenders to avoid spending time in jail.

Just because an offender has been convicted of a crime does not mean that the issue is over and done with. Those who have suffered as a result of another person's negligence or recklessness have the right to go to civil court and sue for damages. Although the individual who was lost cannot be brought back, their loved ones can ask the court to make the responsible party take responsibility for the accident.

Source: Peoria Journal Star, "Judge finds 'extraordinary circumstances' in DUI fatal," Andy Kravetz, August 2, 2012.

To learn more about victim's rights following a fatal car accident, please visit our Chicago Wrongful Death resource page.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

No Nonsense Approach - A Client Testimonial

"Attorney Klest is a very knowledgeable attorney with a no nonsense approach derived from his growing up in the City Of Chicago and working his way thru college, law school and starting his own practice.

I am VERY pleased with how he handled my case and also praise his support staff as well.”

View More Testimonials

Let’s Get Started Today

Call 312-380-5467 or fill out our short E-mail form for a FREE case consultation where we'll review your case details and determine the best course of action to take.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Free Consultation

Free Guide

Free Accident Guide Book

Illinois Injury Law: A Reference Guide for Accident Victims is a free book designed to help accident victims and Booktheir families navigate the legal process.

More on our FREE guide

Record Verdict

Klest Wins $28 Million Abuse Verdict

The Klest Law Firm announced a milestone victory for sexual abuse victims when they received a $28,000,000 verdict in the matter of Snyder v. Kenny.

More on this record case

Schaumburg Office
1701 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 909
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Phone: 847-380-3309
Fax: 847-969-9514
Map & Directions

Chicago Office
11 W. Illinois St.
4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312-380-5467
Map & Directions

Klest Injury Law Firm

Contact us for a FREE consultation:

Toll Free: 866-264-7639