How a DUI Conviction Could Impact You
Here in the state of Illinois, thousands of drivers are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, each year. According to statistics compiled by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, a staggering 27,046 DUI arrests were made statewide, throughout 2017. After being charged with driving under the influence, it is important to act quickly. A DUI conviction can not only come with harsh criminal punishment, but also significantly impact other aspects of your life. From difficulty securing employment to challenges finding housing opportunities, a DUI charge should not be taken lightly. If you have been charged with a DUI, it is important to speak with a legal professional.
The Legal Ramifications of a DUI
Due to the dangers of drinking and driving, the legal implications of a DUI conviction are incredibly harsh, in Illinois. If convicted, a first-time DUI offender will likely face a Class A misdemeanor, up to a year in prison, and as much as $2,500 in fines. A first-time DUI conviction will also result in a driver’s license suspension. While a second DUI conviction still constitutes a Class A misdemeanor, the driver will face license revocation for a minimum of five years. In the event of a third conviction, the legal punishments become much more severe.
A third conviction constitutes a Class 2 felony. According to Illinois state law, a Class 2 felony conviction can result in as many as seven years in prison, and fines of $25,000. As far as driving privileges are concerned, a third DUI results in a 10-year license revocation.
Outside of the legal implications of a DUI, a conviction can significantly alter your life. With a misdemeanor or felony charge on your permanent record, employers will have a difficult time validating your hiring, landlords or loaners will be less inclined to trust in your accountability, and your driving privileges can be lost for significant amounts of time.
Contact a Lombard DUI Defense Lawyer
At Aldrich & Siedlarz, P.C., we firmly believe that no person should face serious declination in quality of life, due simply to one mistake. With years of experience throughout Illinois, we are confident in our ability to aggressively represent all our clients and secure the best possible legal outcome. Understanding that the greater Chicago area is home to families of various ethnic backgrounds, we are proud to offer bilingual consultations to Polish speaking clients. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a Lombard criminal defense attorney, contact us today at 630-953-3000.