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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:

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerIllinois is notorious for its strict drunk driving laws. In fact, the state is one of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) top-rated states for DUI enforcement. Now they are incorporating a new sobriety program that lets drivers keep their license while on probation. Appealing as that might sound, there are some critical elements to the program that defendants should be aware of before taking a plea bargain.

More on the New Sobriety Program

DUI conviction – be it the first or fifth – typically results in a suspension or revocation of a driver’s license. Some are eligible for a special license that allows them to drive with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID), but not all. The new program, which is still in the testing phase, permits the driver to keep their license during their probation – but it comes at a cost. The driver must agree to random and routine breathalyzer tests throughout the day, even when they are at work, home, or in a social setting.

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerThis Memorial Day weekend will be a triple threat for Illinois residents. There will be more DUI checkpoints and seatbelt checkpoints, which could ultimately result in a sobriety test. It is also distracted driving awareness week, and officers are already cracking down on drivers using their cellphones while behind the wheel. Learn more about how to protect yourself this weekend, and what you can do if you or someone you love falls victim to one of these extra measures.

Play It Extra Safe

Most drivers know their limits. They wait until they can drive safely, or they call a cab or assign a designated driver to avoid driving while intoxicated. Unfortunately, with more DUI checkpoints, drivers may be more likely to receive a sobriety test. News reporters have found this test to be difficult, even for sober people. If you fail, you may be asked to take a breathalyzer. If the machine is improperly calibrated or used incorrectly and you have had just one drink, you could find yourself behind bars for the night.

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerA fatal drunk driving accident in Illinois has led to a six-year prison sentence for a man from Warrenville. This case is a prime example of how drunk driving crashes involving serious injuries or death can result in severe consequences. As such, it is crucial that the accused seek counsel from a DuPage DUI attorney. This can ensure the defendants rights are protected, and may even result in a decreased sentence or a dismissal of all charges. 

About the Accident

According to authorities, the Warrenville man lost control of his vehicle and swerved off the road into a bank of trees on the night of April 25th, 2013. His passenger suffered a critical injury to the head, as well as other injuries, and later passed away in the hospital. Another woman, also from Warrenville, was also fatally injured in the crash. 

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Arlington Heights criminal defense attorneyAlthough it is illegal to for anyone to drive while intoxicated, and illegal anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol, figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that one out of 10 high school teens drive drunk. This makes them 17 times more likely to die in an automobile crash, and it places them at high risk for a DUI arrest, which can impact their criminal record and licensing status. To combat this issue and hopefully deter teens from driving while intoxicated, the Illinois Neurological Institute is conducting DUI accident reenactments at local high schools.

Realistic Reenactments Attempt to Drive the Message Home

The DUI accident reenactments are gory and brutal. Those responsible for putting them together – local police and fire departments, the local morgue, and the Neurological Institute – have designed them that way to drive the message home: humans have one life, and even just one episode of drinking and driving can rip it away. This, in and of itself, should be enough of a deterrent. But sometimes, it is not. It is then that parents should talk to their teens about the other potential consequences and, if possible and necessary, take action. 

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