Illinois DUI Penalties
Protection From A Chicago DUI Defense Lawyer
Penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be costly
and harsh, leaving someone convicted of a DUI offense with lasting consequences.
Besides leaving a person with a suspended license, there can be large
fines imposed and even jail time.
Get Legal Defense To Avoid Conviction!
Being accused of drinking and driving is different than being convicted
of DUI. While accusations leave room for defense, convictions effectively
mark the end of your ability to challenge the allegations that have been
made in your name.
Because your charges can be fought prior to a verdict or dismissal, you
should retain the legal defense of a proven professional as soon as possible
after an arrest. Acting immediately will allow you the best chance of
avoiding the penalties that you will be subjected to if a conviction is
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Penalties for Misdemeanor DUI Offenses
The state of Illinois treats DUI offenses as "priorable," meaning
that each successive conviction will result in a harsher set of penalties.
Additionally, as these penalties increase in severity and duration, other
types of consequences may come into play. The Breath Alcohol Ignition
Interlock Device Program is one such consequence designed to prevent further
offenses through the mandatory installation of an
Ignition Interlock Device (IID).
In general, driving under the influence can yield the following charges
An individual who is charged for a
first-time misdemeanor DUI will be subjected to potential penalties including court supervision for
up to two years, jail time of up to one year, payment of a DUI tech fee
worth $500, and additional fines of up to $2,500.
second misdemeanor offense for DUI will not include the option of court supervision. Instead, the
offender will have their license revoked and spend and no less than five
days in jail. In addition, they will have to complete 240 hours of community
service. The DUI technology fee for these charges is $1,000 and additional
fines could reach $2,500.
Third-time misdemeanor offenders will be sentenced with between three and seven years of imprisonment as
well as an additional 48 months of probation time. At a minimum, third-time
offenders face ten days in jail and 480 hours of community service. While
the DUI tech fee will remain at $1,000, their fines can reach up to $25,000.
Sentencing for a
fourth-time offense remains primarily the same as a third-time offense, with the exception
that the offender will not be eligible for probation.
Penalties for Felony DUI Offenses
While the punishments for DUI offenses will always vary slightly depending
on the specific circumstances of the situation, you can safely assume
that a felony DUI will result in a much harsher set of penalties. Acquiring
multiple DUI convictions within a limited number of years will automatically result in felony charges.
Under such circumstances, you could be subjected to an even harsher set
Some cases of felony DUI involve incidents of fatality. In these cases,
the punishments for a felony offense will dramatically differ from those
issued to a habitual traffic offender. Not only will these individuals
be issued with extensively harsh penalties, they will also find it incredibly
difficult to be awarded probation for their sentencing. Only under extraordinary
circumstances will a judge be prompted to award probation to the drive
of a DUI fatality accident.
DUI offenders are subjected to a number of penalties, most of which are
final and cannot be altered. For jail and prison sentences, however, there
may be alternatives available. For example, convicted individuals may
instead be issued hours of community service or roadside work instead
of having to spend time in jail or prison.
Other DUI offenders may be given the opportunity to remain under house
arrest while monitored by an electronic device. The choice will ultimately
be up to the judge presiding over your case; however, your chances of
obtaining a lesser sentence or reduced penalties will be greatly increased
when you pursue your allegations under the defense of a DUI attorney.
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