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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 traffic lawyerIf you have been arrested for a serious crime, it is important to understand the way in which a conviction could ultimately impact your life. Not only do most convictions come with significant fines, potential loss of driving privileges, and even possible jail-time, but the longer-term ramifications of a conviction should not be understated. Having even a misdemeanor charge on your criminal record can drastically alter your ability to find employment, get loan approval, and secure housing opportunities. If you and your family are suffering due to the lingering ramifications of a criminal conviction, it is time to speak with a skilled attorney regarding the possibility of obtaining expungement or having your criminal records sealed.

What Is Expungement?

Due to the fact that criminal records are public knowledge, a prior arrest can hamper the well-being of yourself and your family. A college admissions board, a potential landlord, or a loan expert could all gain access to your criminal record and let your prior court proceedings impact their decision-making process. Because of this, many people seek to have charges erased from their criminal record or sealed from public view, this process is known as expungement.

It should be noted, that expungement is not always possible. In order to be eligible for expungement, one must have completed court supervision or probation period. Unfortunately, even in some cases in which issues with the initial conviction lead to an acquittal or no charges being filed there can still be a mark placed on your criminal record, fortunately, those clients are likely eligible for expungement. If you work with your attorney to challenge the initial conviction in your case and successfully appeal, you still may need to have the charges expunged from your record. It should be noted, that some crimes, including driving under the influence or committing sexual crimes towards a minor, are not eligible for expungement.

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IL defense attorneyHere in the state of Illinois, thousands of people are pulled over each month for driving over the legal speed limit. Due to the fact that speeding is one of the most dangerous acts a driver can take (speeding killed over 9,000 Americans throughout 2017 alone), Illinois police are constantly on the lookout for speeding drivers. While most people assume that minor speeding tickets will come with minimal finage and little impact on their life, in all reality speeding violations should be taken incredibly seriously. If you are charged with driving over the legal speed limit, it may be time to seek out the expertise of a qualified attorney.

The Illinois Point System

According to Illinois state law, minor traffic violations result in points against your driving record. If a person accumulates a certain number of points within a 12-month period, they are likely to face license revocation. Speeding is one of the most common traffic violations resulting in points against one’s driving record. If a person is charged with speeding less than 10 mph over the speed limit, they will receive five points against their driving record. If a person is driving more than 10 mph over the legal limit, they will receive 15 points against them. In Illinois, accumulation of 15 points results in a two-month license suspension.

As the speed of the driver increases, the point total increases as well. For instance, if a person is driving 26 mph over the speed limit they will accumulate 50 points against their license. Driving at these reckless speeds constitutes an aggravated speeding charge. Along with the points against one’s license, aggravated speeding can result in a Class B misdemeanor. If a person is driving more than 35 mph over the speed limit, the aggravated speeding charge can result in a Class A misdemeanor, up to 12 months in prison, and a significant fine.

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IL defense lawyerWhen a person makes the decision to drive recklessly, they are making the decision to endanger other travelers as well as themselves. Recognizing this, the state of Illinois punishes reckless driving incredibly harshly. Reckless driving is defined in 625 ILCS 5/11-503, as negligent vehicular operation that willfully disregards the safety of others. According to Illinois state law, reckless driving usually results in a Class A Misdemeanor. Due to the severity of the legal consequences of a reckless driving charge, it is critically important to seek out quality legal representation immediately.

Common Forms of Reckless Driving

In addition to a misdemeanor charge on a person’s permanent record, a reckless driving charge can also result in rises in a person’s insurance rates. In some instances, reckless driving will result in a license revocation or suspension.

Aggravated Speeding: If a person is apprehended while driving 35 miles per hour over the legal speed limit, they will likely be charged with aggravated speeding. Aggravated speeding results in a Class A misdemeanor and is one of the more common forms of reckless driving. The primary reason for aggravated speeding being defined as a form of reckless driving is due to the fact that traveling at such high speeds can impact a person’s reaction time and correspondingly the safety and wellbeing of other travelers.

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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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