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The Life-Changing Impact of Multiple DUI Convictions According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, 26,386 DUI arrests were made throughout the state in 2018 alone. While a large percentage of those drivers were facing their first DUI charges, many of them were arrested for driving under the influence for the second or third time. A first-time DUI charge constitutes a Class A misdemeanor and can come with some significant financial consequences, as well as the loss of your driving privileges for one year. The consequences of a first-time conviction, though, pale in comparison to legal ramifications a repeat offender can face. If you have been charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is time to seek out the assistance of a knowledgeable defense attorney.

How Another DUI Charge Can Impact You

If you are charged with your second DUI within a 20 year period, you will again face a Class A misdemeanor. The primary difference between one’s first and second DUI conviction is that the second one comes with a five-year license revocation period. A third DUI conviction is where the legal consequences of a conviction really become life-changing.

A third DUI conviction constitutes a Class 2 felony charge, which includes a loss of driving privileges for 10 years and likely jail time or significant community service hours. If a third time DUI offender is apprehended with a blood alcohol content that is twice the legal limit, they will face a minimum of 90 days in jail. The felony charge on your criminal record can impact your ability to secure employment and the way in which financial institutions will evaluate your loan eligibility. The impact of multiple DUI charges can go much further than the initial conviction.

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IL defense lawyerWhen charged with driving under the influence, one of your first thoughts is likely to be, “How much is this going to cost?” The cost of hiring a defense attorney may be your most immediate concern. But that should not be your only concern. The total cost of a DUI conviction will be far higher than attorney fees alone. In the end, a strong DUI defense that keeps a drunk driving conviction off your record—and your wallet—will be worth far more than the attorney fees.

The Cost and Benefits of an Aggressive DUI Defense

For a first-time DUI offense, you can expect to pay several thousand dollars in legal fees. But you must weigh that against the total cost of a DUI conviction, estimated at over $15,000.

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