Professional Fighter Pleads Guilty to DuPage County DUI

Law Office of Philip R. Nathe

An ultimate cage fighter, who goes by the stage name “The Leviathan,” was recently convicted of drunk driving in Naperville. The conviction stems from a 2010 incident when the fighter was charged with driving drunk, disobeying a traffic control device, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and improperly backing a vehicle on a roadway.

As a part of a plea deal reached with the prosecution the three traffic charges were dismissed. The ultimate fighter pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). According to the Naperville Sun and court records, the DuPage County Circuit Court Judge sentenced the man to 18 months of supervision, a fine of more than $2,000 and substance abuse screening.

DUI Penalties in Illinois

Hundreds of people in Illinois are injured and killed each year because of drunk driving accidents. Thus stiff penalties exist for those caught breaking the law. Some of the penalties include:

  • First offense – up to one-year incarceration, a possible fine of $2,500 and loss of driving privileges for up to one year;
  • Second offense – 30 to 60 days in jail with the possibility of one-year in jail, community service, a possible fine of $2,500 and license revocation for one to five years; and
  • Third offense – mandatory prison time, fees and fines up to $25,000 and loss of driving privileges for ten years.

The penalties for a DUI conviction can not only be costly, but a conviction can follow you for many years making it difficult to obtain a new job or rent a new apartment. If stopped on suspicion of impaired driving, contact a skilled DUI attorney who can protect your rights.

Source: Naperville Sun, “Cage fighter sentenced for driving drunk in Naperville,” Bill Bird, Dec. 16, 2011.

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Professional Fighter Pleads Guilty to DuPage County DUI