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IL DUI lawyerEvery year, thousands of people are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, throughout the state of Illinois. According to Illinois state law, a first-time DUI conviction constitutes a Class A Misdemeanor. Along with the criminal charge, a conviction will likely lead to significant fines and serious rises in insurance rates. Recognizing this, all DUI charges should be taken seriously, but some can come with harsher criminal punishment. If you have been charged with an aggravated DUI, it is time to seek out the help of a trained legal professional.

What Is an Aggravated DUI?

An aggravated DUI is a DUI charge that is elevated in severity due to the presence of any number of aggravating factors. These aggravating factors can include being charged with a DUI in which severe bodily harm was caused, the DUI was committed without a proper driver’s license or a DUI charge in which the offender had previously been convicted of a DUI.

In all of these instances, the charges will be elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony charge. The type of felony will vary depending on the aggravating factors. For instance, a third DUI charge automatically constitutes a Class 2 felony charge. In a DUI case in which someone was greatly harmed, the driver would be charged with a Class 4 felony charge, resulting in much more severe potential criminal punishment.

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IL DUI lawyerAfter being convicted of a DUI, it is common to feel helpless or depressed. For many people convicted of driving under the influence, the hardest post-conviction adjustment is living without driving privileges. Fortunately, for many convicted drivers, it is possible to regain your driving privileges. Below we will examine some forms of licensing you can secure after a DUI conviction, and the steps you need to take to regain your driving privileges.

Types of Restricted Licenses

In 2019, 91% of drivers arrested for driving under the influence in the state of Illinois lost their driving privileges. Fortunately, a suspension or revocation does not mean that the person will be unable to drive.

A first-time DUI offender can obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). In order to obtain the MDDP, the driver must go through the Secretary of State’s office. Once the MDDP has been obtained, the driver must install a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). In short, the BAIID will test the driver’s blood alcohol content before allowing the vehicle to start. If the driver installs the system, they will be permitted to drive without restrictions. That being said, if a driver with an MDDP is caught driving in a vehicle without a BAIID registered to them, they will face potential felony charges.

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IL DUI lawyerSome people believe that a first-time DUI conviction will not come with significant legal ramifications. This notion could not be further from the truth. While it is true that DUI charges will increase in severity for repeat offenders, a first-time DUI offender can face life-changing implications in the event of a conviction. Below we will examine some of the possible ramifications of a DUI conviction and how you need to react to a charge. If you are facing DUI charges, contact a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately.

The Consequences

The first thing you need to understand is that a first-time DUI conviction constitutes a Class A Misdemeanor in the state of Illinois. Along with potential fines, drug and alcohol classes, community service, and even potential jail time, a conviction comes with a one-year license revocation period. It should be noted that in the state of Illinois, 91% of all drivers arrested for DUI in 2017 lost their driving privileges for some period of time. Outside of the concrete legal consequences, a DUI conviction can result in serious rises in your insurance rates. It is important to understand that there are a number of circumstances that can lead to an elevation of the charge from a Class A Misdemeanor to a Class 4 Felony.

How an Attorney Can Help

Recognizing the legal consequences of even a first-time conviction, it is important to contact a trustworthy and knowledgeable attorney as soon as you are charged with a DUI. First and foremost, a skilled attorney will give you the best chance of avoiding a conviction altogether. Your attorney will work with you in examining the initial traffic stop and the arrest process. If the officer acted in an unethical or unprofessional manner, you may have the charges dropped. For instance, if you were forced to submit to chemical testing. If a conviction cannot be avoided, a quality legal professional can assist you in regaining your driving privileges. A first-time DUI offender can regain their driving privileges through the installation of a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID).

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IL DUI lawyerThroughout the state of Illinois, upwards of 25,000 people are charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, on an annual basis. Despite the large number of DUI arrests made each year, a DUI charge is not something to be taken lightly. A first-time DUI offender can face a number of serious consequences, most notably fines and possible loss of driving privileges. Once a person has been convicted of one DUI though, the stakes are raised significantly. Having multiple DUI convictions on one’s personal record, can seriously alter a person’s life, and significantly impact their livelihood. Below, we will examine the impacts of multiple DUI convictions, and how to react if you are facing inebriated driving charges.

The Consequences of Multiple Convictions

Given the inherent dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol (more than 300 people were fatally injured in crashes involving drunk drivers in Illinois, throughout 2017), it should come as no surprise that the charges rise significantly in severity if a person is convicted multiple times. According to Illinois state law, a first-time DUI offense will result in a Class A misdemeanor and a one-year license revocation period.

If a person is convicted of a DUI within a twenty-year period of their first conviction, the charges begin to be more severe. While a second DUI conviction still constitutes a Class A misdemeanor, the party charged will face a five-year license revocation period and a minimum of five days in prison or 240 hours of community service.

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IL DUI lawyerWhen a person is pulled over by a police officer, it can be difficult to maintain a level head. Because of this, many people lose their ability to contemplate their decision-making process. In all reality, it is of the utmost importance to remain calm and understand your rights and privileges, especially as it pertains to a DUI traffic stop. Many people make the mistake of feeling as though failure to adhere to every single request of the officer represents insubordination that could impact them in court. Yet, it is important for you to understand your rights and how declining to answer a question or take part in chemical testing could impact you. If you are charged with driving under the influence, speak with a qualified legal professional immediately.

Refusing Chemical Testing

If a person is convicted of a DUI, their life can be changed dramatically. Even a first-time DUI offender is likely to face Class A misdemeanor charges, minimum fines of up to $500, and loss of driving privileges for one year. The legal consequences of additional DUIs are even more significant. Understanding the legal severity of DUIs, it is important to understand how refusing chemical testing can impact you.

The first thing to understand is that you are not breaking the law when you refuse to submit to chemical testing. Now, you are violating your driver’s license agreement that states that you are consenting to certain steps such as chemical testing if deemed necessary by law enforcement. All that said, chemical test refusal is not something that will show up on your criminal record, but will impact your driving privileges.

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