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What are Aggravated DUI Charges in Illinois?

 Posted on May 14, 2019 in DUI

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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.

Aggravated DUI Penalties in Illinois

Punishments for aggravated DUI in the state of Illinois include:

Class 4 Felony (up to three years of incarceration and $25,000 in fines)

  • DUI for drivers for hire, including taxis, rideshares, public transportation, and school buses carrying minors;
  • DUI that leads to great bodily injury, disfigurement, or permanent disability;
  • DUI in which the driver does not hold a valid license, driver’s permit, or liability insurance on their vehicle;
  • DUI in a school zone during school hours involving a crash including bodily injury; and
  • DUI in which the driver has a suspended or revoked license because of a previous DUI charge, leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in bodily harm or death, or reckless homicide.

Class 3 Felony (up to five years of incarceration and $25,000 in fines)

  • DUI following a previous DUI with reckless homicide or an aggravated DUI that resulted in death.

Class 2 Felony (up to seven years of incarceration and $25,000 in fines)

  • Any subsequent DUI beyond an individual’s second DUI;
  • A second DUI or subsequent charge while transporting anyone under the age of 16;
  • A DUI that results in death.

If you face any of these charges, do not wait any longer before enlisting the help of an adept DUI attorney. Regardless of the charges you face, you have rights under the law, and your lawyer can first ensure these rights were not violated by law enforcement. Your attorney will determine the best course of action to pursue a favorable outcome in your case.

Contact a Will County Aggravated DUI Lawyer

At McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC, we are prepared to fight for you and your future. We will serve as your dedicated legal advocate to achieve the best possible result. To learn how we can help you today, call a Joliet criminal defense attorney at 815-727-0100 for a free consultation. 



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