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Joliet DUI Defense AttorneyStudies have shown that drinking and driving is a leading cause of motor vehicle crashes. The injuries sustained in these collisions are often devastating, and some even fatal. Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is illegal in every state. In Illinois, the legal limit for a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent. When a motorist exceeds this threshold, he or she can be arrested for DUI. The penalties for DUI range from losing driving privileges to lengthy prison sentences and steep fines. There are certain “aggravating” factors that increase the punishment for this type of criminal act. Understanding what actions could lead to a felony DUI is important for any Illinois driver to understand to avoid a criminal record. 

Aggravating Factors

According to Illinois law, first and second DUI offenders are typically charged as Class A misdemeanors. However, a DUI charge can be elevated to a felony in some situations. Here are a few aggravating factors that can turn a DUI into a felony: 

  • Three or more DUI offenses 

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Will County DUI lawyer

With around 27,000 driving while intoxicated arrests in Illinois each year, some involve aggravated DUI, which is charged as felony DUI. These offenses include those that result in endangerment, injury, or death to another driver, passenger, or pedestrian. Punishments for a conviction can include incarceration that cannot be reduced or suspended. Individuals who are offered probation can receive a minimum of 480 hours of community service or 10 days in jail.

If you were arrested for aggravated DUI, it is imperative you secure skilled legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

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