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According to the Illinois Secretary of State, there were 330 people killed in alcohol-related car crashes in Illinois last year. Those fatalities represented about 30 percent of the 1,090 people who were killed in all car crashes in the state in 2017. Because alcohol plays such a large role in traffic deaths, punishments are substantial.

Most who experience a DUI conviction have no idea just how much it costs, in addition to the loss of driving privileges. Here are eight hidden expenses that come with an Illinois DUI conviction:

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Rolling Meadows aggravated DUI defense attorneyIt does not matter what situation you are in when you are charged with a DUI - they are all serious charges. However, if you are found to be driving while intoxicated when a child is present in the vehicle, your punishments will be much more strict. In Illinois, penalties for DUI increase if a child under the age of 16 years old is riding in the vehicle - but it does not stop there. In addition to DUI charges, you can also face other criminal violations, such as child endangerment. You could also be charged with more serious crimes if the child suffered an injury because of you. 

DUI With a Minor in the Vehicle

According to the Illinois Vehicle Code, a first conviction for DUI is a Class A misdemeanor, which comes with a loss of driving privileges for one year, a possible sentence of up to one year in jail, and a maximum fine of $2,500. If you had a child in your vehicle while you were driving under the influence, that sentence is a mandatory minimum of six months in jail, a mandatory minimum $1,000 fine, regardless of your ability to pay, and 25 days of community service in a program that benefits children.

If you were convicted of DUI, and there was a minor under the age of 16 in the vehicle who suffered bodily injury because of an accident you caused, the penalties increase. Even a first offense is considered a Class 4 felony aggravated DUI. This means that in addition to any other criminal or administrative punishments, a mandatory $2,500 fine is imposed, and 25 days of community service in a program that benefits children is required.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_575161597.jpgBeing charged with driving under the influence, or a DUI, can affect many different areas of a person’s life. A person may find that their entire livelihood could be impacted by a DUI charge, including many potentially negative impacts on employment. Some factors that can affect employment are: 

  1. Transportation. If a person is convicted of a DUI, they will face driving restrictions that can make it difficult to get to work. A first-time DUI conviction in Illinois carries a revocation of driving privileges for at least one year and a period in which their vehicle registration is suspended. Further convictions or more serious offenses can result in longer suspensions or the seizure of the driver’s vehicle.  
  2. Time. Being charged with a DUI can lead to a person spending time in court that could have otherwise been spent working as they try to fight their charge. A DUI conviction can result in further lost time, as the person may be required to participate in community service or counseling, or they may need to serve time in jail.   
  3. Job Requirements. When an individual is convicted of a DUI, it remains on their driving record permanently. Illinois is an at-will employment state, which means that an employee can be terminated for any reason at any time, so long as it is not due to a discriminatory factor such as race, sex, or religion. If a person’s job involves driving in some capacity, and they receive a DUI, their employer may decide that they are unfit for the job.
  4. Policy Violations. Some jobs come with the expectation that an individual will maintain a clean criminal record. A company may have a policy that if an employee is convicted of any crime while working there, they can be terminated. You may be required to notify an employer immediately after an arrest occurs, and they will determine what actions they want to take.
  5. Effect on Future Jobs. Not only can a DUI affect a person’s current job status, it can also create an obstacle in attaining future employment. Some professions may require that an applicant disclose any prior convictions when applying to a job, and the prospective employee may be denied employment due to their criminal history. A DUI could also present a problem in obtaining licensing necessary for certain career fields, such as medicine or law.

Contact Our Arlington Heights DUI Defense Lawyers

DUI charges can present significant challenges for a person’s career. An Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyer can aid you in the complicated legal process and will work towards getting your charges reduced or even dropped altogether. Call Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law, at 847-253-3400 to schedule a free consultation today.

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerAlthough medical marijuana use is permitted in the state of Illinois, individuals who are registered patients may be at constant risk for a DUI. Furthermore, medical marijuana users may experience other charges along with their DUI. Learn more about the state’s legal marijuana limits, potential consequences of a DUI conviction, and how an experienced attorney can help protect your rights.

Illinois’ Marijuana DUI Limits

Prior to 2016, Illinois did not have a specific marijuana limit for drivers. Instead, they had a zero-tolerance policy. Unfortunately, this set many medical users up for DUIs, regardless of their sobriety status at the time of being arrested. After 2016, the law provided a provision in which users could avoid a DUI, provided their blood THC content was less than five nanograms and/or saliva was under 10 nanograms. In addition, marijuana users may be subject to additional charges if they were in an accident or had an open container in their vehicle at the time of arrest.

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Illinois DUI defense attorneyIllinois is ranked one of the toughest states on driving under the influence – and for a good reason. License suspensions can occur upon the first conviction, and the third conviction is typically considered a felony. Of course, that leaves many drivers wondering just how long a conviction will stay on their record. Learn more about the DUI lookback period in Illinois, including what it may mean for your DUI charges case with help from the following information.

The Illinois Lookback

The lookback period of a state is the amount of time over which a conviction may impact a driver on subsequent charges. For most states, this is only a handful of years. In Illinois, the lookback period is for the life of the driver, so every conviction counts. A first conviction stays on your record permanently and can impact your case, even if the next charge is decades later.

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