Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is illegal in Illinois, and can either be a misdemeanor or a felony. In Illinois, felony DUI is also known as aggravated DUI. The seriousness of a conviction for aggravated DUI cannot be understated; a conviction could result in lengthy prison terms and high fines.
Under the Illinois law, 625 ILCS 5/11-501, anyone who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is guilty of a DUI. There are certain situations in which a DUI can be upgraded and classified as an aggravated DUI. These are:
The penalties for an aggravated DUI vary according to the felony class the particular offence falls into. Prison terms for an aggravated DUI can be anywhere from 90 days to 28 years in prison. For example a third DUI is classified as a class 2 felony, and is punishable by 90 days in prison.
Additionally, there are fines imposed as part of the sentence, and these can also vary according to the classification of the felony. Fines can range from $2,500 to $25,000. In addition, community service may be ordered. Conviction for an aggravated DUI could also lead to suspension or revocation of driving privileges. In the case of a third DUI, a driver loses driving privileges for 10 years.
In some cases, a driver convicted of an aggravated DUI may be sentenced to probation or supervision.
An arrest for a felony DUI can be distressing, and without the right information and support, you can easily feel overwhelmed. If you or someone you know has been arrested for a DUI, contact experienced Chicago DUI attorney, Steven Goldman, immediately for a strong zealous defense.