I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with a DUI in the Chicago area for over seventeen years as part of my DUI defense program. In some cases, the state may offer a plea deal to dismiss the DUI charge if you plead guilty to an aggravated reckless driving charge. If you are offered a plea, it is important to understand the consequences of an aggravated reckless driving charge.
A person commits reckless driving if he or she drives any vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property; or knowingly drives a vehicle and uses an incline in a roadway, such as a railroad crossing, bridge approach, or hill, to cause the vehicle to become airborne. Every person convicted of committing reckless driving shall be guilty of aggravated reckless driving if the violation results in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another. Aggravated reckless driving is a Class 4 felony, punishable by 1 to 3 years imprisonment and up to $25,000 in fines, except if the violation causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to a child or a school crossing guard while the school crossing guard is performing his or her official duties, is a Class 3 felony.
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Posted By DUI Lawyer John W Callahan