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Illinois boot camp program sometimes fails

Illinois boot camp programs for non-violent DUI offenders are not always effective. After injuring an elderly Hampshire couple in a drunk driving motor vehicle accident back in 2010, a former South Elgin man ended up back in court, representing himself in an effort to have a $100,000 bond reduced on for a 2012 drunk driving charge. The man was originally sentenced to five years in prison for severely injuring the accident victims, but was determined to be eligible for the boot camp program that significantly reduces an offender's sentence.

At the hearing, the defendant argued that at the time of the 2012 traffic stop he was a productive member of society and deeply regretted the pain and suffering that he had caused in the previous alcohol-related accident. The defendant also argued that he was sober at the time of the traffic stop, even though the arrest report reported that he had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and refused to take a field sobriety test.

The defendant's behavior following his boot camp sentence illustrates the need for plaintiffs to press for the most severe penalties possible when individuals are injured through negligence or in a drunk driving motor vehicle accident. Court reports indicate that the defendant has previous arrests for weapons and property damage and had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving with a suspended license.

A personal injury lawyer in DuPage County may be able to help plaintiffs who are injured in car accidents on Illinois highways. By thoroughly reviewing a defendant's driving and legal history, a personal injury lawyer could possibly successfully argue for a longer prison sentence as well as obtain punitive damages and payment for such things as medical bills and living expenses.

Source: Daily Herald, "Former South Elgin man fails to sway judge", Harry Hitzeman, July 07, 2013

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