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The Implications of Multiple DUI Convictions 

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The Implications of Multiple DUI Convictions When a person is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, it is important for them to fully understand how a conviction can impact their life. In Illinois, the average DUI expenses can be in excess of $10,000. When factoring in increases in your auto insurance plan, blood breath testing fees, and fines for the crime, it should come as no surprise that the immediate financial ramifications of a DUI conviction can be significant. When a person is convicted of multiple DUI offenses, their life can be drastically changed forever. Below we will examine the impact of multiple DUI convictions and how said convictions can alter a person’s financial security and quality of life. 

How Multiple Drunk Driving Charges Can Impact You

According to Illinois state law, the potential legal ramifications of a DUI become much more severe in the event of a second or subsequent conviction. While a second DUI conviction is still a Class A Misdemeanor (just like a first-time DUI conviction), the offender will face a minimum of 5 days in jail, as well as a license revocation of 5 years.

If aggravating factors are present, the criminal punishment of a second conviction will be much harsher than in the first conviction. For instance, a first-time DUI offender who is apprehended with a blood alcohol content that is twice the legal limit (.16 or higher) will face larger fines and 100 hours of community service. In your second DUI case, a blood alcohol content of .16 or higher will constitute a Class 4 felony charge. 

In the event of a third DUI conviction, an offender will face Class 2 felony charges. A Class 2 felony conviction ultimately results in: 

  • 3 to 7 years in prison;
  • Fines of up to $25,000; and 
  • A 10-year license revocation.

Outside of the legal consequences of multiple DUIs, the convictions can impact a person’s ability to secure quality employment, housing opportunities, and loans.  

Contact an Oak Brook DUI Defense Lawyer

When facing a DUI charge, it is important to hire a qualified and experienced defense attorney. Your attorney will examine your case and search for possible defenses, ranging from a lack of probable cause for the initial traffic stop to improper administration of the field sobriety test. If you are unable to avoid a conviction, a quality defense lawyer will do everything they can to ensure that you do not suffer a total loss of driving privileges. 

At McMahon Law Offices, we understand just how significantly a DUI conviction can impact a family’s livelihood. That is why we are prepared to do whatever it takes to secure the best possible outcome for you and your family. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a skilled DuPage County criminal defense attorney, contact us today at 630-953-4400. 

Sources

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=073000050K5-4.5-35

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