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A DUI Conviction in Illinois Can Cost Thousands of DollarsWhat is the cost of being convicted of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs in Illinois? Before you even consider the effect it will have on your criminal record and reputation, the money you lose after a DUI conviction is significant.

Each year, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office puts out a DUI Fact Book. Included inside is a chart adding up the various fees and expenses that can result from a DUI conviction. The monetary amounts are only estimates that can vary depending on where you live, but they do give a sense of how the costs can accumulate.

Court Penalties

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Driver’s License Reinstatement in IllinoisDriver’s license suspension and revocation are punishments for certain kind of crimes in Illinois, One of the most common reasons for someone to lose their driver’s license is due to a DUI. If your driver’s license is suspended or revoked, you are likely anxious to get it back. However, there are steps that you need to take in order to have it reinstated. If your license has been suspended or revoked in Illinois, you should contact a skilled driver’s license reinstatement attorney to help you get it back without undue delay.

After Suspension

If your driver’s license has been suspended, it can be reinstated at the end of the summary suspension period. However, there are several conditions that you need to meet in order to get it back. First, there must not be any other revocations or suspensions open on the driving record. Second, the reinstatement fee must have been paid to the Secretary of State. After these conditions are met and the reinstatement has been entered on the driver’s record, and the end of the provisional period has passed, then the license can be reinstated.

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DUI in IllinoisDriving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is a serious charge in Illinois. DUI convictions can come with lifelong consequences; as such, if you are charged with a DUI you should contact a skilled drunk driving defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Illinois DUI Law

Illinois law prohibits drivers from driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Specifically, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content above .08. You can also be cited for a DUI if your BAC is between .05 and .08 and the officer believes you are intoxicated due to your behavior. While every person is different and there are many factors that affect BAC, the rule of thumb is that for an average sized man, one 12 oz. regular beer, five-ounce glass of wine, or one-and-a-half-ounce shot is equal to .02 BAC and bodies usually metabolize alcohol at the rate of .02 per hour. Some BAC calculators exist that allege to give you a more specific calculation; however, the safest and surest way to avoid driving while impaired and the consequences that come with a DUI is to never drink and drive.

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Felony DUI in IllinoisDriving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is a serious charge in Illinois. While DUI convictions have a lot of consequences, including fines, potential jail time, license suspension, higher insurance and other consequences. Typically, in Illinois, a DUI will be a misdemeanor, but there are some situations where the DUI will be a felony and therefore the penalties will be even stiffer.

Definition of DUI

Illinois has one statute under which all DUIs are punished, however, there are different punishments for different kinds of DUIs, depending on the circumstances. DUI can be charged when there is evidence of the driver being intoxicated or when the blood or breath alcohol content is .08 or more, whether or not the person shows any other signs of intoxication.

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Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License May Result in Harsher DUI ConsequencesIf you are convicted of DUI in the state of Illinois, it is likely that your driver’s license will be revoked suspended for a certain period of time. Once you have completed your DUI sentence, you still have to apply to get your license back. You may have to pay a fee or go through additional administrative steps in order to do so. In the meantime, if you drive before your license is reinstated, you are risking harsher penalties for any other DUI convictions in the future.

Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

It is illegal in the state of Illinois for you to drive a vehicle while your driver’s license is suspended or revoked. The criminal charge that you receive for this offense depends on the reason that you lost your license in the first place. Regardless of what level of criminal offense you face, a conviction for driving on a suspended license will result in the Secretary of State re-suspending your license for a period of time that is equal in length to the original period of suspension. If you are convicted of driving on a revoked license, the Secretary of State will revoke your license for an additional period of one year following the date of your conviction. This suspension or revocation is in addition to the other penalties that you receive for the offense, which depend on the level of offense of which you are convicted. Any conviction is likely to involve community service or jail time under Illinois law.

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