Examining the Potential Consequences of a Felony DUI Charge

 Posted on October 09,2017 in DUI

Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyerFelony DUI charges, otherwise called an aggravated DUI in the state of Illinois, can result in serious and life-long consequences. DUI convictions are also unique in that they may result in the suspension or revocation of the defendant’s Illinois driver’s license. Learn more about the potential consequences of a felony DUI charge, and discover how an experienced DUI criminal defense attorney may be able to improve the outcome if your case.

What Constitutes a Felony DUI?

Most often, felony DUI charges will stem from repeated offenses (three or more). However, there are other situations that may lead to a felony DUI, even on a first offense. Examples include:

  • DUI committed while driving a school bus with child passengers;
  • Second DUI committed with a passenger under the age of 16;
  • DUI committed while driving a vehicle-for-hire with passengers;
  • DUI that caused great bodily harm, disfigurement, disability, or death to another person;
  • DUI that resulted in the death or injury of a passenger under the age of 16;
  • DUI committed while driving on a suspended, revoked, or invalid license;
  • DUI committed while driving without valid insurance;
  • DUI that occurred in a school zone with active speed restrictions and resulted in great bodily harm to a victim; and
  • DUI after a previous conviction for DUI or aggravated DUI related death.

Potential Consequences of a Felony DUI

Like other felonies, a felony DUI remains on your criminal record for the rest of your life. It can affect your job and housing opportunities, and it may even completely disqualify you for certain professions. Felony DUIs may also result in imprisonment, fines, administrative fees, and suspension or revocation of your Illinois driver’s license and vehicle registration. Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible for a special driving permit, which would require you to use a BAIID (Breath Alcohol Interlock Ignition Device) to start your vehicle.

How an Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer Can Help

If you or someone you love is up against a felony DUI charge, contact an experienced Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyer for protection and assistance. Able to defend you in a criminal case, and committed to ensuring you receive fair treatment throughout the entire process, a lawyer can mitigate against the potential consequences of a conviction. In some situations, it may even be possible to have your charges completely dismissed. Learn more about how Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law, can assist with your DUI criminal case by calling 847-253-3400 today.



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