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What are the consequences for DUI conviction in Illinois?

On Behalf of | Jan 11, 2024 | Traffic Offenses And DUI

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Illinois can come with serious consequences. You could lose your license, receive large fines or even serve time in jail.

Understanding the possible legal penalties for a DUI can help determine your next steps if you face these charges.

Monetary penalties

Drivers convicted of DUI must pay substantial fines, with an average total cost of more than $18,000 according to the Secretary of State. The amount varies based on factors such as the number of DUI offenses and the circumstances surrounding the arrest. These penalties could threaten your financial stability.

Driver’s license suspension

A DUI conviction leads to the suspension of your driver’s license. The length of the suspension depends on various factors, including prior DUI convictions. This consequence can disrupt daily life and affect employment.

Mandatory education and treatment

The court often requires people convicted of DUI to attend alcohol education and treatment programs. Failure to complete the mandated program can result in further legal consequences.

Ignition interlock device installation

For some DUI convictions, Illinois mandates the installation of an IID in your vehicle. This device requires you to pass a breathalyzer test before starting the car. The installation and maintenance costs of an IID add another layer of financial burden for those convicted of DUI.

Possible imprisonment

In certain cases, a DUI conviction may lead to imprisonment. The duration of the jail sentence varies depending on factors such as prior DUI convictions, the level of intoxication and any aggravating circumstances surrounding the arrest.

Criminal record

A DUI conviction results in a permanent mark on your criminal record. This can have long-term consequences, affecting employment opportunities, housing options and other aspects of your life.

Knowing what to expect when you go to court for DUI charges can prepare you to navigate the state’s criminal justice system.