There was a story in today’s Chicago Tribune about a 52 year old Naperville woman who was sentenced to three years in prison for her fourth DUI.
She was not involved in an accident. It sounds like she was being cooperative with the police. She consented to a breath test.
Unlike a certain well-publicized case where a drunk driver killed a bicyclist and received only ten days in jail, this woman is going to prison.
This was not a case of a judge being harsh. Actually, the judge was being lenient. This drunk driver received the mandatory minimum sentence.
In Illinois, a fourth DUI is a Class 2 felony, punishable from three to seven years. Probation is not permitted in such a case (on the other hand, probation is allowed in DUI death cases when there is “exceptional circumstances”).
Here is the relevant section of the DUI statute (625 ILCS 5/11-501(d)(2)(C)):
A fourth violation of this Section or a similar
provision is a Class 2 felony, for which a sentence of probation or conditional discharge may not be imposed.
So, as the saying goes, “if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”