DUI and Reckless Homicide

McHenry County DUI Defense Lawyers

Defense for DUI and Reckless Homicide in Lake in the Hills, Grayslake, and Across Illinois

grayslake dui defense lawyerDriving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is a serious criminal charge that can incur heavy fines and other penalties. Negligent operation of a vehicle resulting in the death of an individual is known as reckless homicide. This is typically charged as a Class 3 Felony. However, if the driver has a blood alcohol content (BAC) level that is above the legal limit, it is an aggravated circumstance that can upgrade the charge to a Class 2 Felony. If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI and reckless homicide, the consequences for conviction could be very severe. For this reason, it is important to speak to a skilled criminal defense attorney with particular skill in this area of the law.

At Owens & Laughlin LLC, we have over 40 years of combined experience dealing with DUI and reckless homicide charges in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Our lawyers have an in-depth knowledge of the common tactics law enforcement and prosecutors use in such cases. We are former assistant state's attorneys and we have a strong track record of securing positive outcomes for our clients.

From the beginning of the case, we adopt a meticulous and aggressive approach. We perform an extensive investigation to gather all the important evidence that bolsters your case, and we put our experience to work to identify any and all weaknesses in the case that can be challenged.

Penalties for DUI and Reckless Homicide

Illinois drivers can be charged with DUI if their BAC is .08 or above. If this is the case and your driving results in the death of another individual, law enforcement will likely charge you with DUI and reckless homicide. However, even if your BAC is below .08, you may still be charged with a Class 2 Felony if law enforcement deems that you were too intoxicated to safely operate a vehicle. A conviction for reckless driving while intoxicated can carry stiff penalties, including revocation of your driver's license, fines of up to $25,000, and several years in prison.

Prosecutors typically press for maximum penalties against those convicted of DUI and reckless homicide. That is why it is essential to have a strong defense crafted by attorneys that understand how to win these types of cases. At Owens & Laughlin LLC, we stand ready to challenge the prosecution at every turn. We aggressively assert your constitutional rights, and we explore every legal avenue toward securing a favorable outcome. For a personalized consultation with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys, contact our office today at 847-854-8700 (Lake in the Hills) or 847-752-8537 (Grayslake).

We serve clients across Northern Illinois, including the areas of Lake County, McHenry County, Cook County DuPage County, Will County, Kane County, and Rockford County.

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