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Chicago DUI defense attorneysEffective January 1, 2019, Illinois judges will be authorized to impose harsher sentences on anyone convicted of “wrong way” driving under the influence (DUI).

The new law, PA 100-1053, was passed in August 2018. It amends a section of the Illinois Criminal Code (730 ILCS 5/5-5-3.2) that lists the aggravating factors that a judge may use to justify extended-term sentencing.

How Extended Term Sentencing Applies to a DUI

Illinois law states that a driver who causes the death of another person while driving under the influence is guilty of a class 2 felony, punishable by 3 to 7 years in prison.

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Illinois DUI lawyerIf you’ve been arrested for a first-time DUI, you might think your best option is to just plead guilty and get it over with. But is that really your best option? When it comes to DUI in Illinois, the law is quite complicated. To make it easier to understand, we will use the hypothetical case of 23-year-old Simon.

Simon was arrested for his first-ever DUI while driving home alone from a party in DuPage County. His blood alcohol level tested at .14, well over the legal limit of .08. So, he assumed that pleading guilty would be the quickest and cheapest way to get this mistake behind him.

Why would he plead guilty to DUI when the potential penalties are so high?

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Illinois DUI lawyerWhen a motor vehicle crash results in severe injuries or death, one or more of the drivers will likely get a traffic violation ticket, and may even be charged with a more serious crime such as DUI, Aggravated DUI, reckless driving, or even reckless homicide.

If the police suspect that a driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of a crash, officers must act quickly to obtain proof of that, via chemical testing of the driver’s breath, blood, and/or urine. Speed of action is necessary because the body metabolizes alcohol to an undetectable level in a matter of hours and some drugs in just a couple of days.

Illinois Laws Governing DUI Testing

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