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Illinois is One of the Toughest States in the Country on DUI Laws


DUI Attorney Peter Buh argues that Illinois continues to be one of the toughest states in the country on DUI laws.

Citing as an example the case of a Marengo man, Shannon Schroeder, who was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for his DUI in McHenry County.

“Here’s a man who is only 27 years old and he’s just been sentenced to a decade in the Illinois Department of Corrections,” Buh said. “He caused an accident, there were serious injuries and now he is facing serious consequences.”

Attorney Buh ( added, “Illinois is right up there in tough penalties against DUI drivers. In Mr. Schroeder’s case, Illinois DUI law provides for a sentence of up to 12 years because he was involved in an accident that resulted in great bodily harm. In fact, someone receiving their sixth or subsequent DUI is guilty of a Class X felony where the bare minimum sentence is 6 years in prison, even if they didn’t cause an accident. It’s as tough as it gets here.“

Mc Henry County had 1,269 DUI Arrests in its most recent reporting period to the Illinois Secretary of State. Not only is Illinois tough on DUI, but McHenry County seems to be taking a lead all its own.


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