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Illinois DWI Penalties

Illinois has a comprehensive set of laws and penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating compounds. The penalties for DUI convictions in Illinois vary based on factors such as the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of the arrest, the number of prior DUI convictions, and other specific circumstances of the offense.

Here’s an overview of the penalties for DUI in Illinois:

1. First-time DUI:
License Suspension: Automatic suspension of driving privileges for 6 months if the driver fails the chemical test. A 1-year suspension applies if the driver refuses the test.
Revocation of Driving Privileges: Minimum of 1 year.
Fines: Up to $2,500.
Jail: Up to 1 year.
Community Service: Mandatory 100 hours if BAC is 0.16 or more. Mandatory minimum $500 fine and 25 days of community service in a program benefiting children if the DUI involves a passenger under age 16.
Ignition Interlock Device (IID): Monitoring device driving permit (MDDP) may be issued during the suspension period, but an IID installation is mandatory.

2. Second DUI:
License Suspension: Automatic suspension of driving privileges for 1 year if the driver fails the chemical test and 3 years if the driver refuses the test.
Revocation of Driving Privileges: Minimum of 5 years if the second conviction occurs within 20 years of the first.
Fines: Up to $2,500.
Jail: Mandatory 5 days imprisonment or 240 hours community service. Possible imprisonment up to 1 year.
Mandatory Alcohol Education: Completion of an alcohol/drug evaluation and treatment program.
IID: Mandatory if granted a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP).

3. Third DUI (Aggravated):
License Revocation: Minimum of 10 years.
Fines: Up to $25,000.
Jail: Mandatory 18-30 months of periodic imprisonment. Possible imprisonment up to 7 years.
Mandatory Alcohol Education: Completion of an alcohol/drug evaluation and treatment program.
IID: Mandatory if granted an RDP.

4. Fourth or Subsequent DUI:
License Revocation: Lifetime revocation for a fourth or subsequent conviction.
Jail and Fines: Penalties increase with each subsequent DUI and can include lengthy jail or prison sentences and significant fines.

5. DUI with Great Bodily Harm or Death:
– A DUI that results in great bodily harm, permanent disability, disfigurement, or death is considered a Class 4 felony for the first offense, with potential penalties including 1-12 years imprisonment. If death results, the prison sentence ranges from 3-14 years.

6. Other Considerations:
– Having a passenger under the age of 16 during a DUI offense can lead to additional penalties, including possible jail time, increased fines, and community service.
– Drivers convicted of DUI must undergo a professional evaluation to determine the extent of their substance abuse problem and adhere to any recommended treatment as a condition of their driving privileges being restored.

This summary is a general guideline, and specific penalties can vary based on the individual circumstances of each case. Moreover, laws and penalties can evolve over time. Always consult with an attorney familiar with Illinois DUI law or refer to the Illinois Compiled Statutes for the most up-to-date information regarding DUI penalties.