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Oakbrook Terrace DUI defense lawyerEvery year, thousands of Illinois residents are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI). According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, over 26,000 people were charged with DUIs statewide in 2018 alone. According to Illinois state law, a DUI conviction constitutes class A misdemeanor charges, significant fines, and potential jail time. It should also be noted that a DUI conviction will likely result in a one-year license revocation period. Statistics compiled by the Secretary of State’s office reveal that 96% of eligible arrested drivers lost their driving privileges in 2018. While the consequences of a first-time DUI conviction are severe, the impact of multiple DUI convictions can be life-changing. 

Examining Subsequent DUI Convictions 

If you have been previously convicted of a DUI, a subsequent conviction can result in increasingly severe criminal punishment. While a second DUI conviction still only constitutes a misdemeanor charge, the convicted party will lose their driving privileges for a minimum of five years and face mandatory jail-time or 240 hours of community service. In many cases, time spent in jail or community service time will impact a person’s employment status, and subsequently, their income. If a person is charged for a third DUI, the legal ramifications are significantly intensified.

According to Illinois state law, a third DUI charge will automatically be elevated to an aggravated DUI which is considered a felony charge. In some cases the escalation to a felony can be due to other case factors, such as traveling with a minor or causing bodily harm to another party. A third DUI charge is elevated to an aggravated DUI due to the fact that the driver has displayed a disregard for state law and a willingness to continue to drive while impaired.

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