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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 lawyerAmericans sometimes take their rights for granted. What happens, though, when your own decisions result in a loss of your rights? This is, unfortunately, a possibility when one is convicted of a felony DUI. Learn more with help from the following information.

Your Right to Bear Arms

The right to bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution. However, this right can be revoked. This is what typically happens to individuals who have been convicted of a violent offense (domestic violence, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, etc.). Yet it can also happen to those with non-violent felony offenses.

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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 Criminal Lawyer, attorney, Chicago DUI, DUI lawyer, felony DUI, Illinois criminal defense lawyer, Illinois dui, illinois dui attorney, Illinois DUI Lawyer, underage drinkersIllinois has some of the toughest drinking and driving laws in the country, including a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinkers and felony charges for repeat offenders. Despite this, the problem of driving under the influence in Illinois continues to be a serious one.

According to the 2014 CyberDrive Illinois DUI Factbook, in 2012 there were more than 37,000 DUI arrests recorded by the Secretary of State’s Office. More than 300 people were fatally injured in an alcohol-related crash, accounting for 35 percent of all accident fatalities statewide in the same time period.

The penalties for drinking and driving are worse if the responsible person has an underage person in the car at the time of arrest. If the child is under 16, these penalties are even more harsh. A regular first conviction of DUI, for example, is a Class A misdemeanor, which results in the revocation of driving privileges and registration suspension. If a person is pulled over for DUI with a child under the age of 16—even if it is his or her first offense—the offender is additionally sentenced to a mandatory fine of $1,000 and 25 days of "community service in a program benefiting children," as noted in the Illinois DUI Factbook. Penalties are very strict if the child was injured while the driver was intoxicated. Any crash that resulted in bodily harm to a child under the age of 16 is automatically classified as a Class 4 Felony and carries an aggravated DUI charge.

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Arlington Heights criminal defense attorney, Arlington Heights DUI attorney, DUI charge, DUI laws, DUI lawyer, felony DUI, illinois dui attorney, underage drinking, underage DUI, zero toleranceIn the past decade, states have continued to increase coordinated efforts to stop or slow the rate of drunk driving accidents. According to the Illinois State Police, there are several levels of DUI charges and convictions in Illinois, though the state does have a zero-tolerance for underage drinking. This means that if a person is under the age of 21 and caught driving under the influence, he will be charged no matter what his blood alcohol level content was at the time of arrest (even if it was under the legal limit).

If an underage person is charged under the zero tolerance law in Illinois, his license will be revoked for three months if it is the first violation, or six months if he refused the blood alcohol test. If it is his second violation, his license will be revoked for up to one year, or two years if he refused the test. Neither stays on his permanent record. Yet an underage person in Illinois can also be charged under regular DUI laws. If an underage driver is arrested for DUI and his blood alcohol content is .08 or greater, he can receive a DUI conviction that stays on his permanent driving record.

Zero tolerance laws have been in effect in Illinois since 1995. While underage drivers only account for 10 percent of all licensed drivers in the U.S., according to the Illinois State Police, they "are involved in 17 percent of alcohol-related fatal crashes." Additionally, car crashes are one of the most leading causes of death for teenagers in the U.S. Every day, six people, ages 15–20, die in a motor vehicle accident.

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