After being charged with a DUI, it is incredibly important to act quickly. Even a first-time DUI offender can face a temporary loss of driving privileges and significant fines. For those that are convicted of multiple DUIs, the impact on one’s life can be incredibly significant. Below, we will examine the legal ramifications of multiple DUI convictions, and how a qualified legal professional can assist you throughout the legal proceedings. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, speak with an attorney immediately.
Here in the state of Illinois, more than 20,000 people are arrested for driving under the influence, each year. Because of the sheer number of offenders, the criminal punishments for multiple convictions are incredibly severe. A second DUI conviction constitutes a Class A misdemeanor, a minimum of five days in prison or 240 hours of community service, and a five-year license revocation period.
Additional DUI convictions come with even more significant punishments. A third DUI conviction is a Class 2 felony and will result in a ten-year license revocation period. If a person has a felony or multiple misdemeanors on their criminal record, it can be incredibly difficult for them to secure housing opportunities, employment, and loans.
If a conviction is unavoidable, you will have to look into options for regaining your driving privileges. If you have received two or three DUI convictions the only way to regain your ability to drive is through securing a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). An RDP will allow you to drive to important locations such as your child’s school, your place of employment, and to and from the grocery store. In order to obtain an RDP, one must first provide a professional drug and alcohol evaluation. Once the evaluation has been submitted, one must stand before a hearing officer in the Secretary of State’s department. Recognizing the importance of driving privileges, a compassionate attorney can help guide you through this process.
As mentioned above, a DUI arrest can prompt a person to panic, fortunately, a skilled legal professional may be able to help you avoid a conviction. If a conviction is unavoidable, your lawyer can guide you through the various processes to regain your driving privileges. At J. Aldrich Law, P.C., we are prepared to do everything in our power to help you fight your criminal charges. With years of experience in the state of Illinois, we are confident in our ability to represent you. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a skilled Naperville DUI defense lawyer, call us today at 630-953-3000.