On November 30th of last year Benjamin Nichols was driving under the influence of alcohol when he entered the path of an oncoming vehicle. Just this past week, Nichols was sentenced to 4 years probation for this life changing accident.
When he crossed into oncoming traffic he hit a vehicle. The accident claimed two victims, passengers in Nichols vehicle. The victims were both 20 year old females and friends of Nichols as well.
According to the Daily Herald Nichols pled guilty to two charges of aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death. In a plea agreement he was sentenced to 4 years of probation which will, among other things, include public speaking about the dangers of drinking and driving.
This horrific accident no doubt altered the lives of many who knew both the victims and the accused.
Accidents like this aren’t common but are the reason why DUI’s are taken so seriously in Illinois. If you are charged with a DUI, you will be prosecuted and potentially penalized harshly.
A first time DUI conviction, even if it doesn’t result in an accident can lead to almost one year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. If you are lucky enough to get probation in lieu of jail time, there is no doubt the conditions of your probation will be quite restrictive.
If charged with a second DUI your penalties will be more severe. You will serve a mandatory minimum jail sentence as well as other mandatory restrictions. As your history of DUI convictions grow, so does the penalty for new convictions.
Facing a DUI charge in our state can be quite frightening. You may be able to reach an agreement with the prosecution to have your sentence reduced. In rare but great situations, we may be able to get the charges dropped altogether.
If you are wondering how to approach your DUI charges, call me to discuss your case and together we can formulate a plan.