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Illinois DUI Lawyer

Most of the time in Illinois, a DUI is charged as a misdemeanor. If you are a first-time DUI offender and you are convicted, it is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines. Depending on your specific situation, a misdemeanor DUI charge could bump to a felony charge, which carries harsher penalties. Any DUI that is classified as a felony is called an aggravated DUI and can range from a Class 4 felony to a Class X felony.

Class 4 Felonies

While these are the lowest felony offenses, they are still serious charges. If you are convicted of a Class 4 felony, you can face one to three years in prison. Examples of Class 4 felonies as they pertain to DUI include:

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Naperville felony DUI defense attorneyDriving under the influence (DUI) is not a uniform charge. Rather, there are many different factors that affect how a specific incident of alleged drunk driving is charged. These include the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of the arrest, his or her age, whether the driver has previous DUI charges on his or her record, and whether the drunk driving caused a victim to suffer an injury or death.

A “regular” first time DUI is charged as a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois. However, there are circumstances under which a first offense DUI may be charged as a felony. Specific factors that cause a DUI charge to be “upgraded” are known as aggravating factors. An upgraded DUI charge is known as an aggravated DUI.

When a DUI is a Class 2 Felony

DUI is charged as a Class 2 felony under the following circumstances:

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Geneva DUI defense lawyer felony wrongful deathDrunk driving is dangerous. That is why it is illegal. Like every other criminal offense, the penalties an individual faces for a DUI charge can change depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. These are known as aggravating factors, and a DUI resulting in someone’s death is one of the most serious of these factors.

When an alleged act of drunk driving results in a victim’s death, the driver may be charged with a Class 2 felony. This can happen whether the driver has previous DUI charges on his or her record or not. A Class 2 felony is a far steeper charge than a driver would typically face for a first or second DUI offense. If you are facing a Class 2 felony DUI, here are a few of the penalties you are facing:

Years in Prison

You can face jail time for any DUI charge. For a Class 2 felony DUI, you are looking at a minimum of three years in prison if you are convicted. If your actions resulted in two or more deaths, you can face six to 28 years in prison.

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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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