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Judge reduces Champaign man’s sentence for third DUI conviction

Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus decreased the sentence he gave to 32-year-old Champaign resident Robeson Graham-Bailey for his third DUI conviction due to additional evidence that previously was not heard, according to the News-Gazette on May 27.

Graham-Bailey was originally sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison, but Klaus knocked three years off of this term.

The third DUI stemmed from Graham-Bailey’s erratic driving in downtown Champaign in May of last year, which earned him an aggravated DUI conviction in January 2015.

Our attorneys at Bruno Law Offices in Champaign are experienced at providing comprehensive and aggressive representation for those charged with a DUI. In this situation, especially if the charge is not your first, it is critical to enlist the help of a dedicated criminal defense team. To discuss your case and begin building a defense that challenges every aspect of the case against you, call our offices at (217) 328-6000 today.

Sentence reduced for aggravated DUI offender

Twenty-five-year-old Philo, Illinois resident Katie Daly walked out of a Champaign County courtroom on February 20 in relief after Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis sentenced her to 30 months of probation in connection with an aggravated driving under the influence charge, The News-Gazette reported.

Difanis reversed an earlier ruling made by Judge Richard Klaus – who oversees the county’s felony cases – in March 2014 that Katie Daly should be sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison for pleading guilty to aggravated DUI and admitting that she caused the death of her 19-year-old cousin, Annie Daly, on Oct. 6, 2013 for drinking while driving.

Difanis, along with the Fourth District Appellate Court, ruled that Klaus’ sentence was an “abuse of discretion.”

According to police investigators, Annie Daly was thrown from a John Deere Gator utility vehicle driven by Katie Daly around 3 a.m. on their way home from a party and succumbed to mortal injuries at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where she was taken for treatment.

The attorneys of Bruno Law Offices work for the best possible result from our clients’ cases who have been charged with DUI-related offenses. Call our offices at 217-328-6000 today to learn how we may put our experience to work for you.

Constitutionality of Highland Park DUI conviction to be decided on July 10

Lake County, Illinois Court Judge James Booras will make a decision on July 10 regarding whether or not Highland Park teenager Carly Rousso was convicted unconstitutionally on four counts of aggravated DUI, the Daily Herald reported on July 3.

According to police authorities, Rousso was driving under the influence after huffing computer dust cleaner when the Lexus she drove hit five-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, her mother, and her two brothers along the 700 block of Central Avenue in Highland Park. Jaclyn was killed in the incident.

Rousso’s defense attorney Douglas Zeit argued that Rousso was not eligible for the aggravated DUI because the dust cleaner’s compounds are not listed under the state’s list of intoxicants. If the conviction stands, Rousso faces three to 14 years in prison.

Our criminal defense attorneys at Bruno Law Offices serve individuals in the Champaign-Urbana area that have been charged with a criminal offense. We understand the serious effects these convictions can have on your life and are dedicated to defending our clients. Contact us today at 217-328-6000 to discuss your situation.

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