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Underage Driver Facing DUI Charges for Fatal Chicago Car Accident

 Posted on April 03, 2012 in DUI/DWI

The Chicago Police have charged the teenager driver allegedly responsible for a car accident that occurred around 2 a.m. on the morning of Monday, April 2. The accident happened, in the Brighton Park area of Chicago, and the driver told police that she had been drinking vodka and orange juice with her boyfriend at a nearby Chicago motel.

The eighteen-year-old faces misdemeanor DUI charges in the car wreck, which killed one man and injured five others. It’s possible that her DUI charge could be upgraded to a felony.She was also cited for failure to yield to the right-of-way, driving without a license, and driving without insurance. The woman was taken to the hospital with hand and arm injuries, where she was arrested. The current condition of the other injured drivers is unknown.

Under-aged drinking is a real problem. Unfortunately, young people make decisions about drinking and driving without having a real understanding of the potentially devastating consequences. One bad decision can result in life-altering consequences, including serious criminal charges.

screenshot via Chicago Tribune

In the state of Illinois, anyone 18 and over who receives a DUI is charged as an adult, and faces the same serious legal consequences as an over-21 DUI offender. In Illinois, a Class 4 Felony DUI can result in up to 12 years imprisonment. Even less severe DUI charges can bring a driver’s license suspension, probation, and significant fines. Young people facing DUI charges should seek the advice of an experienced Cook County DUI defense lawyer.

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