Every single year, thousands of Illinoisans are charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. With the recent implementation of Illinois’ new recreational marijuana law, police are increasingly on the lookout for inebriated drivers. Many people that are charged with driving under the influence, simply give up on fighting the charges, in reality, this can be a significant tactical error. Not only are there many defense strategies that can be utilized to fight a DUI charge, but a conviction can come with serious ramifications. If you are facing DUI charges, it is time to seek out the help of a quality legal professional.
With hundreds of drunk driving deaths statewide each year, it should come as no surprise that the legal ramifications of a DUI conviction can be significant. According to state law, a first-time conviction can lead to as much as one year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines. Perhaps most significantly, a conviction will result in a Class A Misdemeanor on your permanent record. The misdemeanor charge can have a serious impact on your ability to secure employment, quality housing, and loan opportunities. The conviction will also likely result in an immediate hike in your insurance rates.
While some people look at the fines associated with a DUI charge and think that a conviction really would not cost that much money, this notion is incorrect. According to the Secretary of State’s office, the average DUI costs upwards of $18,000. This is due to the fact that one will be required to pay the fines, pay court fees, take time off of work, and pay for a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID). While installing a BAIID in your vehicle can be a great way to get back on the road, it will cost you roughly $1,400 per year in monitoring fees and rental charges.
While the ramifications of even a first time DUI conviction can seem incredibly frightening, it is important not to give up on your case. Law enforcement officials will try to convince you that fighting against a DUI conviction is nearly impossible, but that is simply not true. At J. Aldrich Law, P.C., we are committed to doing everything in our power to help our clients avoid a conviction. Through the development of a thorough defense strategy, we are confident in our ability to defend you. To schedule an entirely complimentary initial consultation with a knowledgeable DuPage County DUI defense lawyer, call us today at 630-953-3000.