Everyone makes mistakes, unfortunately, some mistakes come with severe consequences. For those that elect to drive while under the influence of alcohol, the mistake of getting behind the wheel can be life-altering. Driving under the influence can result in a fatal car accident, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that over 10,000 Americans were fatally injured in automobile accidents involving alcohol, throughout 2016.
While not all drivers that make the decision to drive while inebriated, take their own life or the life of another, many are arrested on charges of driving under the influence. In 2016 alone, over 1 million Americans were convicted of DUI charges. Understanding the implications of a DUI conviction may keep you from getting behind the wheel of a car. That said, if you have been accused of driving under the influence, it is time to seek out a legal team you can trust.
Here in the state of Illinois, DUI arrests are much more common than most people would assume. In 2016, there were 29,528 DUI arrests recorded by the Secretary of State’s office. With new initiatives designed to limit the number of drunk drivers on Illinois roadways, it should come as no surprise that DUI arrests come with severe consequences.
Even in a first or second offense, a DUI conviction can result in up to one year in prison, fines of up to $2,500, and license suspension. Both the first and second DUI convictions will show up on one’s permanent record as a Class A misdemeanor. In the event of a third DUI conviction, the convicted party will face a Class 2 felony, be unable to legally drive for 10 years, and could face as many as seven years in prison. Any DUI convictions after the third DUI will result in permanent loss of driving privileges.
At J. Aldrich Law, P.C., our attorneys know just how big of an impact a DUI conviction can have on the convicted party. Fortunately, our team of attorneys also understand that everyone makes mistakes. Our legal team is dedicated to helping those that need legal representation the most. To set up a free consultation with a Naperville criminal defense attorney, call us today at 630-953-3000.