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Recently, a man pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI for a boating
Following the accident, police tested the man’s BAC level which came back at a .052. While this level is under the legal limit, the test was performed hours after the accident, and experts speculated that his BAC would have been between .09 and .128 when he hit the boy. Furthermore, the police found cocaine residue and alcohol in the boat. Prosecutors also claimed that drug tests showed cocaine in his blood stream.
This man pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Under the terms of the plea agreement, a reckless homicide charge was dropped. The man is free on a $1 million bond until his sentencing in June. He faces between three and 14 years in prison.
While this man still faces serious penalties, they could have been worse had he not agreed to the plea deal. A plea deal allows prosecutors to quickly resolve a case, so they are often willing to drop some of the more serious charges in exchange for a guilty plea. However, a plea deal will often leave a person with a criminal record, so it should be carefully considered among other criminal defense strategies.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Man pleads guilty to DUI in boat crash that killed boy, 10,” April 9, 2013, Susan Berger