Misdemeanor v. Felony DUI
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A DUI conviction in Illinois may carry such penalties as incarceration, community service, participation in a substance abuse program and forfeiture of your vehicle, along with driver’s license suspension/revocation and fines. A first-time DUI offense is generally charged as a misdemeanor DUI and for that reason, your DUI lawyer may be able to arrange for court supervision, which will not appear on your record once you have complied with certain conditions (usually including a substance abuse or alcohol evaluation and treatment, completion of a Victim Impact Panel, payment of various fees and fines without additional arrest.)
A misdemeanor DUI conviction carries up to one year in prison, 240 hours of community service, loss of driving privileges for a minimum of one year, and fines up to $2,500. A defendant may also be required to have a BAIID (Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device) installed in his or her vehicle when granted driving relief. Penalties for a felony DUI conviction can result in up to 30 years’ incarceration, fines up to $25,000 lifetime and revocation of driving privileges. Further consequences of a DUI conviction may include:
The stakes are high when charged with a DUI in the state of Illinois and it is crucial to have a fully qualified Chicago DUI defense attorney to immediately seek out viable defense options in your case. It is vital that a defense is initiated for any DUI charge regardless of whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor. Preventing a first conviction from appearing on your criminal record will benefit you greatly in the future.
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