Illinois DUI Overview

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Whether it was your first DUI offense or fourth, getting arrested for drunk driving can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. It is normal to feel nervous and afraid of spending time in jail, paying expensive fines, losing your driving privileges, and harming your reputation.

If you have been charged with DUI in Illinois, it is critical to obtain legal representation from an experienced lawyer. At the Law Office of Steven Fine, we have been protecting the rights of our clients for more than 20 years. As a former prosecutor, our Chicago criminal defense attorney possesses the thorough understanding of the Illinois criminal justice system and can anticipate how the prosecution will approach your case, giving you an advantage in the courtroom.

DUI Laws & Penalties

In Illinois, you can get a DUI if you drive or are in physical control of a vehicle with a BAC of .08% or higher, no matter if your driving ability was actually impaired. In addition, you can get a DUI for driving or being in physical control of a vehicle while on drugs. Keep in mind, if you’re driving or in physical control of a vehicle, you automatically consent to submit a chemical test to determine your BAC level.

The following are the penalties for DUI in Illinois:

  • First-time DUI – Class A misdemeanor
    • Maximum jail sentence of one year
    • Fines of up to $2,500 (mandatory minimum of $500)
    • Post-conviction license suspension for one year (pre-conviction license suspension of three months)
  • Second-time DUI (within 20 years) – Class A misdemeanor
    • Maximum jail sentence of one year (mandatory minimum of 5 days)
    • Fines of up to $2,500
    • Post-conviction license suspension of five years (pre-conviction license suspension of one year)
  • Third-time DUI – Class 2 felony
    • Maximum prison sentence of seven years (mandatory minimum of 10 days)
    • Fines of up to $25,000
    • Post-conviction license suspension of 10 years (pre-conviction license suspension of one year)

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Our Chicago criminal defense lawyer can evaluate your case and determine all of your available legal options in order to either get your case dismissed or your charges reduced significantly. Do not risk facing these serious charges without skilled and knowledgeable legal counsel.

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