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Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyer One of the most common criminal charges in the United States is a DUI. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have shown that 11,000 deaths resulting from traffic accidents also involved an alcohol-impaired driver. In Illinois alone, more than 400 deaths occur each year from drunk driving. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous, and the punishment for doing so can be severe. Most DUI situations involve misdemeanor charges, but those charges can quickly escalate to felony charges under certain circumstances.

First-Offense DUI Penalties

Under Illinois law, a first offense for a DUI is classified as a Class A misdemeanor, the highest classification for a misdemeanor. If a person is convicted of DUI and has no prior DUI charges, he or she will still face up to one year in jail, up to $2,500 in fines and up to two years of probation. Additionally, a first-time DUI offender may also be subject to mandatory minimum penalties and community service.

Aggravated DUI

In Illinois, any DUI charge that is classified as a felony charge is referred to as an aggravated DUI. With an aggravated DUI charge, any mandatory minimum prison sentence or community service cannot be suspended or reduced. If a person is sentenced to probation or conditional discharge, they also must serve at least 480 hours of community service, or they must agree to be imprisoned for ten days.

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Arlington Heights felony DUI defense attorneyTypically, the people that are with us when we are out on the town, visiting family, or running errands are close to us. If these same people happen to be in a vehicle during a crash, their lives are at risk. Should that risk become a reality, it can devastate the one driving. This is especially true when alcohol is involved. Guilt, grief, and loss in such situations can be overwhelming. Yet these are not the only consequences of a DUI crash.

Loved ones of the fatally wounded victim may blame the driver. Even the law may hold them responsible for the victim’s death. In fact, in some cases, it could result in a felony charge. If you or someone you love is facing such a tragedy, the following information can help you move forward and may assist you in putting your life back together.

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Arlington Heights DUI defense attorneysEach year, more than 30,000 drivers are arrested in Illinois for driving under the influence (DUI). Some are repeat offenders, with at least one other DUI conviction on their records. However, there are others who may be facing their first DUI offense. If you or someone you love falls into the latter group, and you were recently arrested, the following information can help you better understand the cost and consequences of a first-offense DUI in Illinois.

Criminal Consequences

In the state of Illinois, a first-offense DUI is considered a Class A misdemeanor offense, and it carries with it a fine of $500 to $2,500 and the possibility of up to one year in jail. If the defendant agrees to certain conditions (alcohol awareness education courses and a reinstatement process), then the jail time may be waived for first-time offenders. However, this offense is always held on your record, meaning that you a second offense – even 20 years down the road – will have harsher criminal penalties.

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DUI conviction, costs, Illinois DUI defense lawyerThe cost of a drunk driving conviction can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars. The obvious expenses usually include attorneys' fees and fines, but there are numerous other costs that people do not usually consider until they find themselves with empty pockets as a result of their conviction.

Upfront Expenses

Financial obligations often start immediately after being taken into custody. In the majority of cases, law enforcement impounds the accused driver’s vehicle and it is towed to a municipal garage. The accused driver or owner of the vehicle is responsible for any and all towing and storage fees. Then there is the cost of bail or bond in order to be released from police custody.

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drunk driving accident, Arlington Heights criminal defense attorneyWhenever you are caught driving under the influence, charges may be brought against you. Penalties for those charges are dependent upon a number of factors, including any previous convictions, age, blood alcohol level, and whether or not you were transporting a minor at the time. If, however, someone is injured or killed in a DUI-related accident, much heavier penalties could result. Such are the charges currently being faced by a man in the neighboring state of Wisconsin after a fatal DUI crash.

Conviction Carries Up to 162 Years in Prison

According to Fox News, two people were killed and one was injured in the crash last month. The driver of one of the vehicles is being charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license, causing death; two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle; one count of operating a motor vehicle while revoked causing great bodily harm; and one count of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. If he is convicted, he could be imprisoned for up to 162 years, the maximum penalty for all six charges. If the accident had occurred in Illinois, the man would likely be facing very similar charges with comparable potential penalties.

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