Illinois Aggravated DUI Defense Lawyers
Experienced Aggravated DUI Defense Attorneys in Naperville and Geneva
An Aggravated DUI is a felony in the State of Illinois. If you are facing an Aggravated DUI charge, it is extremely important to contact a skilled DUI Defense lawyer as soon as possible. An Aggravated DUI conviction can have serious implications on your life, and it is critical to launch an aggressive defense. At Donahue & Sowa, our criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience in complex Aggravated DUI cases and will immediately get to work to defend your rights. Contact us today for an initial consultation.
In Illinois, even a first offense can be elevated to an Aggravated DUI if certain circumstances exist. While many DUI charges are misdemeanors, an Aggravated DUI is a felony. The penalties for felonies depend on the particular class of felony. For instance, a Class 4 felony is punishable by 1-3 years imprisonment plus up to $25,000 in fines, whereas a Class X felony is punishable by 6-30 years imprisonment and fines up to $25,000. In addition to these penalties, other consequences include fines and court costs, high automobile insurance rates or cancellation of policy, substance abuse education course or treatment program, the installation of an ignition interlock device (BAIID) and a permanent criminal record.
Many different circumstances may elevate a DUI charge to an Aggravated DUI charge, including:
- Third or fourth DUI offense is a Class 2 felony; fifth offense is a Class 1 felony and sixth or subsequent offense is a Class X felony
- DUI resulting in death is a Class 2 felony
- DUI offense with child under 16 years old present in the car and injured is a Class 2 felony
- Second or subsequent DUI with child under 16 present in the car is a Class 2 felony
- DUI after a previous conviction for DUI with reckless homicide or Aggravated DUI involving death is a Class 3 felony
- DUI resulting in great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement to another person is a Class 4 felony
- DUI committed without valid driver's license or permit is a Class 4 felony
- DUI without automobile liability insurance is a Class 4 felony
- DUI committed in a school zone with speed limit in effect resulting in bodily harm is a Class 4 felony
- DUI offense while revoked or suspended for DUI, reckless homicide or leaving the scene of a personal injury or death is a Class 4 felony
- DUI while driving a school bus with minor on board is a Class 4 felony
- DUI committed while driving a vehicle-for-hire with passenger on board is a Class 4 felony
(625 ILCS 5/11-501)
It is important to note that even if sentenced to probation or conditional discharge, a defendant convicted of Aggravated DUI must serve 10 days imprisonment or a minimum of 480 hours of community service. Given all these variables and the serious repercussions of an Aggravated DUI conviction, you need a skilled and trusted advocate on your side. If you are facing an allegation of Aggravated DUI in the Geneva or Naperville area, contact the DUI Defense Attorneys at Donahue & Sowa today.