Monetary Consequences of a DUI Conviction in Illinois

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

DUI convictions include mandatory fines and possible jail time that escalate based on the severity of the incident and any previous convictions:

  • A first and second conviction of DUI is a Class A Misdemeanor, with as much as a $2,500 in fines and up to a year in prison
  • A third conviction, or any conviction that involves transporting children or causing injury to others, becomes a felony that could result in fines of as much as $25,000 and more jail time.

Besides the monetary penalty, any community service or jail time assigned could result in a loss of work pay.

Driver’s License

A DUI conviction will result in your driver’s license being suspended or revoked for a court-determined period of time. Once the period is over, you will have to pay a fee to reinstate your license:

  • If your license was suspended, you will be charged a $250 fee to reinstate it. Any subsequent time you need to reinstate a suspended license will cost $500.
  • If you want to reinstate a revoked license, you will need to attend a Secretary of State hearing, with $50 filing fee. If your license is reinstated, you will be charged a $500 reinstatement fee. You will also have to pay the application fee to retake the driver’s license exam.

Vehicle Monitoring Device

When your driver’s license is suspended or revoked, you can apply for a driving permit to obtain driving privileges. If you are granted a permit, a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device will be installed in your vehicle. Costs you are responsible for include:

  • $100 for installation;
  • $80 per month or $960 per year for a rental fee; and
  • $30 per month or $360 per year for a monitoring fee.

Additional Costs

There are variable fees and expenses that can result from a DUI conviction and raise the monetary impact by thousands of dollars. These may include:

  • Increased insurance costs;
  • Damages awarded to victims; and
  • Rehabilitation and substance abuse programs.

Preventing a Conviction

Legal fees may be one more expense associated with a DUI charge, but a good lawyer can save you thousands of dollars and prevent you from having a criminal record. Contact a Naperville drunk driving attorney at Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC for help with your DUI case today.