Illinois DUI Penalties Defense Attorneys

Naperville DUI Attorney

Experienced DUI Defense Lawyers in St. Charles and Naperville

Driving under the influence in Illinois can have serious implications on your freedom and your life. The State of Illinois sets forth harsh penalties for a DUI conviction including loss of license, extensive fines and even jail time. When facing a DUI allegation, it is important to contact an experienced DUI Defense Attorney as soon as possible. At Donahue, Sowa & Magana, our criminal defense lawyers are skilled at defending DUI allegations and can advise you on the best way to protect your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation on the specific facts of your case.

The consequences for a DUI conviction in Illinois can be severe, with even a first offense leading to serious penalties. The exact penalty will vary based on the circumstances, such as your particular blood alcohol level, any prior convictions or the presence of a minor in the car. Certain factors will escalate the charge to an Aggravated DUI, which is considered a felony. The penalties for driving under the influence in Illinois are as follows:

First Conviction

  • Class A misdemeanor
  • Revocation of driving privileges for a minimum of 1 year; if under 21 years old, revocation becomes 2 years
  • Suspension of vehicle registration
  • If blood alcohol level is .16 or higher, mandatory minimum fine of $500 and mandatory minimum 100 hours of community service
  • If a child under 16 years old was present in the car, possible imprisonment of up to 6 months, a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000 and 25 days of child-focused community service
  • If a child under 16 years old was present in the car and injured, the charge escalates to an Aggravated DUI and becomes a Class 4 felony

Second Conviction

  • Class A misdemeanor
  • Mandatory minimum imprisonment of 5 days or 240 hours of community service
  • If second conviction is within 20 years, revocation of driving privileges for a minimum of 5 years
  • Suspension of vehicle registration
  • If a child under 16 years old was present in the car, escalates to an Aggravated DUI and a Class 4 felony
  • If a child under 16 years old was present in the car and injured, escalates to an Aggravated DUI and becomes a Class 2 felony

Additional Penalties

  • Fines and court costs
  • Ignition interlock device (What are Ignition Interlock Devices?)
  • High risk auto insurance policy for 3 years
  • Substance abuse education course/treatment program
  • Permanent criminal record

(625 ILCS 5/11-501)

Any offenses beyond the second conviction will be considered an Aggravated DUI and a felony. Whether you are facing your first offense or an Aggravated DUI, the DUI defense attorneys at Donahue, Sowa & Magana will vigorously defend your rights and help ensure the very best possible result. If you have been charged with driving under the influence in Will County, Kane County or Cook County, contact ustoday.

Two convenient locations.

Naperville: 630-505-5200 St. Charles: 630-762-1780
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DUI Criminal Lawyers
Naperville Office 1555 Bond Street, Suite 103, Naperville, IL 60563 630-505-5200 630-596-9402
St. Charles Office 240 W. River Drive, St. Charles, IL 60174 630-762-1780 630-513-0109