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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 lawyerWhen a person is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, it is important for them to understand the potential legal ramifications. Due to the manner in which drunk driving can endanger other travelers, it is not a simple traffic violation, but a serious criminal offense. According to Illinois state law, a DUI charge constitutes a Class A misdemeanor. Yet there are a number of factors that elevate a standard DUI to an aggravated DUI. Below, we will explore the offenses that can lead to an aggravated DUI charge, as well as the ways in which a conviction can ultimately impact your life. If you have been charged with an aggravated DUI, seek out legal assistance immediately.

Common Aggravating Factors

According to Illinois state law, an aggravated DUI conviction automatically constitutes a Class 4 felony. If convicted, the offender could face more than one year in prison, fines as high as $25,000, and a serious mark on their permanent record. It should be noted, that as of January 1, 2019, driving your vehicle the wrong way down a one-way street while under the influence of alcohol constitutes an aggravated DUI. Listed below are other common aggravating factors.

DUI Resulting in Harm: When a person driving under the influence of alcohol injures another party, the legal consequences are heightened. If an inebriated driver is deemed responsible for a collision that causes a person significant bodily harm or permanent disability, the offender will face felony charges, license revocation for a two-year period, and a minimum of one year in prison. If a person is fatally injured in the collision, the inebriated driver will be charged with a Class 2 felony, and have their prison sentence increased to a minimum of three years and a maximum of 14 years.

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