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Illinois DUI Information

In Illinois, anyone with a blood alcohol level of .08%, or greater, is considered to be DUI.  First time offenders will face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.00.  At it’s discretion, the court may order the offender to attend a victim’s impact program, perform community service, etc.

First time offenders can expect to receive a license suspension for a minimum of one year.  Upon arrest, an accused will automatically have his/her license suspended for three months.  Anyone refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content test, on the other hand, will face an additional license suspension of six months.

Illinois offenders may be required to undergo some type of alcohol evaluation and/or treatment program if the court deems it necessary.  In some cases, a judicial driving permit may be issued if the court feels the driver is not a threat to the general public.  This type of permit will allow the offender to drive to and from certain places, including work, school, medical appointments and/or treatment programs.

Youthful offenders, who consist of anyone under the age of 21 with any trace of alcohol in their system, will be subject to license suspension for a period of three months.  If the individual refuses to submit to testing, he/she will face an additional six month suspension.  Anyone under the age of 21, who is convicted of DUI, will be subject of a fine up to $2,500.00 and the Secretary of State’s office will revoke his/her driving privileges for a minimum of two years.  In some cases, a restricted license may be granted after one year.

Individuals who are involved in a DUI, which causes personal injury or death, may face felony charges and much harsher penalties.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, DUI offenders are commonly faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk” drivers, offenders are often dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  In the event that the offender is forced to look for a new insurance provider, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company who offers high risk policies but, if they do, the rates will likely be extremely high for the amount of coverage granted.

 

 

 

 

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