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Consequences of Driving on a Suspended License

Posted on in DUI Defense

Illinois defense lawyerA drink or two of wine on a Friday night can be a way to unwind from a very hectic week. A pack or two of beer can bring loved ones together. If a person considers drinking alcohol, then he or she will need to weigh out the consequences of this action. Drinking and driving is one of the top causes of death in Illinois, and anyone caught driving with a blood alcohol content of over 0.08 will face very serious consequences.

2015 DUI Statistics

In 2015, 268 Illinois residents were killed in car accidents that involved the use of alcohol, constituting 30 percent of all alcohol related car accidents for that year. There were a total of 32,285 Illinois residents who were arrested on DUI charges, with 91 percent of those arrested losing their driving privileges.

In the same year, almost 600 drivers under the age of 21 lost their driving privileges due to violating the Zero Tolerance laws in the state of Illinois. As many as 86 percent of these DUI arrests consisted of first offenders.

The DUI statistics for the years 2016 and 2017 have not been released as of yet.

Driving with Lack of Privileges

There are many offenders who lose their driving privileges after being arrested for driving under the influence. When an offender drives with no privileges, then he or she will face serious consequences.

Most offenders have been charged with a DUI for the first time. If an offender is caught driving on a suspended or revoked license, then he or she will be charged with at least a misdemeanor.

The first DUI conviction classifies as a Class A misdemeanor, 10 days in jail or 30 days of community service, $2,500 fine, and extended suspension of driving privileges.

The second and third convictions classify as a Class 4 felony, at least 30 days in jail or 300 hours of community service, and extended suspension of driving privileges.

Any following conviction could be followed by up to a Class 1 felony, forfeiture of probation or conditional discharge, seizure of a vehicle, and extended suspension of driving privileges.

Contact Your DuPage County DUI Defense Attorney

Having a good evening with friends and family can make for lasting memories. However, anyone’s life can be ruined if caught drinking and driving. The state of Illinois emphasizes the importance of understanding what could happen when charged with a DUI. Attorney Michael McMahon has over 25 years of experience and knowledge on DUI defense and is ready to assist you with your case. If you have been charged with a DUI and need defense, please call an experienced DuPage County DUI attorney from the McMahon Law Offices at (630) 953-4400 to get the assistance you deserve.




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