March 22nd, 2013 at 2:20 pm
A former West Chicago man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on February 28 for driving under the influence the 11th time, according to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune. Michael J. Picon, 42, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of aggravated DUI and a count of aggravated driving with a revoked license.
Picon’s latest DUI charge happened in Kane County in 2012. A Kane County Forest Preserve officer noticed Picon pull his pickup truck to the side of the road. The officer smelled alcohol in Picon’s breath and found an open can of beer in the truck next to 11 unopened cans. Picon told the officer that he had been drinking alcohol at his friend’s home before the officer stopped him. Picon also failed a field sobriety test, according to police.
Picon’s numerous DUI sentences made him eligible for Class X sentencing, meaning he faced at least a six-year prison term and could have been sent to prison for 30 years. Judge John Barsanti sentenced the repeat offender to 10 years in prison. Picon also has to serve a concurrent five-year sentence for the revoked license violations. Picon has been arrested 25 times for driving with a revoked or suspended license in DuPage, Kane, and Rock Island counties.
Facing a DUI charge is always difficult and challenging, especially when you have a previous DUI charge on your record. If you have been caught driving under the influence, the help of a dedicated DUI lawyer will be invaluable to you in fighting your charge. Contact a knowledgeable Illinois DUI attorney at once.