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Illinois DUI And DWI Laws And Penalties

DUI laws in Illinois have undergone continual changes over the years. From the establishment of .15 as the illegal blood alcohol content (BAC) in 1958 to the enhancement of screening protocols for school bus drivers enacted in 2012, the laws have grown more and more strict with the passage of time.

Driving under the influence of alcohol in Illinois is defined as driving while impaired, now measurable as .08 BAC. The severity of a drunk driving conviction depends on factors such as how high your BAC was measured at, your age and whether anyone was injured in an accident that occurred while you were driving impaired.

Be Aware Of Illinois DUI Laws And Penalties

The classification of a DUI conviction ranges from a class A misdemeanor to a class X felony. If you are convicted, your penalties may be as follows:

  • Class A misdemeanor: Possible imprisonment up to one year; fines of up to $2500
  • Class 4 felony: Possible imprisonment of one year to three years; fines of up to $25,000
  • Aggravated DUI involving injury: Possible imprisonment of one year to 12 years; fines
    of up to $25,000.
  • Class 3 felony: Possible imprisonment of two to five years; fines of up to $25,000.
  • Class 2 felony DUI: Possible imprisonment of three to seven years; fines of up to $25,000.
  • Aggravated DUI with 1 death: Possible imprisonment of three to 14 years; fines of
    up to $25,000.
  • Aggravated DUI with multiple deaths: Possible imprisonment of six to 28 years;
    fines of up to $25,000.
  • Class 1 felony: Possible imprisonment of four to 15 years; fines of up to $25,000.
  • Class X felony: Possible imprisonment of six to 30 years; fines of up to $25,000.

Your Defense Attorney Can Advise You On Your Charges Of DWI And Drunk Driving Laws In Illinois

Regardless of the specifics of your drunk driving charges, your need for an experienced, effective DUI defense attorney is urgent and acute. Your future and your freedom most likely depend on it. Your lawyer's job should include a zealous attempt to get your charges reduced, if not dismissed. Your attorney will evaluate your case to determine whether any of these or other reasonable defenses apply in your case:

  • Was the traffic stop unwarranted — without probable cause? If so, your case may be thrown out.
  • Were field sobriety tests (breath test or other types of sobriety tests) conducted improperly? Were they unreliable or invalid?
  • Are there good arguments in favor of an opportunity for you to take part in alcohol abuse education or therapy in exchange for a deferred sentence?
  • Are there good arguments to support a reduction of charges or penalties?

Representing People Charged With DUI In Kane County, DuPage County, Lake County And Cook County

Brady & Jensen, LLP Attorneys At Law, offers a free initial consultation to discuss your criminal charges. Call us toll free in Elgin at 866-930-2063 or send us an email.

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