Illinois DUI Laws  

 

It is illegal in Illinois to drive a vehicle if you have a BAC of .08 or more or are under the influence of alcohol or drugs to an extent that turn you into incapable of safely operating the vehicle. The standard limit for impaired driver is .08 percent in Illinois. The Illinois DUI law also prohibits driving under the influence of other intoxicants like marijuana, cocaine and inhalants.
In Illinois, if you are arrested for a DUI you will have to fight for your driving license in 2 different places; the Illinois court and the Illinois Drivers License Division. If you will not able to win both of these forms, you will lose your driving license. Always remember that you have only ten days to request for the hearing with the Drivers License Division for your Illinois DUI.


Illinois in 2004: 604 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes out of total crash fatalities which is 44% of the total crash fatalities.
Total DUI arrests made by Secretary of State's office were more than 50,147.
Total driver's license revocations were 3,724 for second offenses, 1,067 were for third offenses, and 598 were for fourth or subsequent offenses.
Crash fatalities related to alcohol were16, 694 in 2004.
Penalties for DUI in Illinois varies from case to case .Penalties mainly depends upon the situation of the arrest and conviction comprising age of the driver, BAC level, whether children were with the driver and whether the driver had previous DUI convictions.


First conviction (below age 21) — Class A crime

  • Jail period from 0- 12 months.
  • Loss of driving license for minimum 2 years.
  • Fines up to $2,500.
  • Eligible for Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) after one year of revocation.
  • Have a BAIID installed in vehicle.

First conviction (more than age 21) — Class A crime

  • Jail period 0-12 months.
  • Loss of driving license for minimum 1 year.
  • Fines up to $2,500.
  • Eligible for RDP.
  • Have a BAIID installed in vehicle.

Second conviction — Class A crime

  • Jail period 0-12 months.
  • Loss of driving license for minimum 5 years, if it happens within 20 years of first conviction.
  • Fines up to $2,500.
  • Eligible for RDP.
  • Have a BAIID installed in vehicle.

 If second conviction happens within five years of first conviction then there will be    compulsory jail of 5 days or 240 hours community service.
Third conviction— Class 2 crime

  • 3-7 years in custody.
  • Compulsory minimum 10 days in jail or 480 hours community service.
  • Fines up to $25,000.
  • Loss of driving privileges for minimum 10 years.

 If third conviction happens within five years of previous conviction then the offender will be eligible for RDP after one year of revocation and required to have a BAIID installed in vehicle.
Fourth conviction— Class 2 crime

  • Jail from 3-7 years.
  • Fines up to $25,000.
  • Loss of driving license throughout life.
  • Not eligible for any type of driving relief.

Fifth conviction — Class 1 crime

  • Jail from 4-15 years.
  • Fines up to $25,000.
  • Loss of driving license throughout life.
  • Not eligible for any type of driving relief.

Sixth or above sixth conviction— Class X crime

  • Jail from 6-30 years.
  • Fines up to $25,000.
  • Loss of driving license throughout life.
  • Not eligible for any type of driving relief.

Illinois DUI Law in 2009, made some changes in penalties of first and second DUI offences:
The following penalties add to first DUI convictions:
•      Suspension of License from 6 months to 1 year.
•      100 hours of Community Service.
•       Fines up to $2,500

  •    Compulsory participation in BAIID/SCRAM program.

The following penalties add to second DUI convictions:
•           Jail up to one year.
•           License Suspension from 12 months to 3 years.
•           Community Service: 100 hours.
•           Fines up to $2,500.

  •     Must involve in BAIID or SCRAM program.

Some major DWI lawyers of Illinois:

    • Robert Martwick
    • Michael T. Norris
    • John W. Callahan
    • Harold L. Wallin

The State of IIIinois has strict laws for drunk driving, and when you drink and drive in IIIinois, you risk your freedom, finances and your future.

 


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