Getting pulled over by police while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs can seriously impact your life, as well as your livelihood if your driving privileges are taken away. While Illinois laws are stringent when it comes to driving under the influence, the state sometimes provides relief for those facing their first DUI charge. Statistics released by the state say around 20 percent of first-time offenders are actually convicted. Many are instead required to comply with court supervision, and possible drug and alcohol counseling or driving school.
To effectively navigate the process and achieve the most positive outcome possible, you do not want to represent yourself in court. You should entrust an experienced DUI attorney to handle this critical juncture in your life. Here is a look at DUI charges, potential penalties, and options for first-time offenders:
DUI in Illinois
In Illinois, driving under the influence is defined as driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, or illegal or prescribed drugs. You are considered under the influence if you have a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above; a marijuana THC concentration of at least five nanograms per milliliter of blood, or 10 nanograms per milliliter of other bodily fluid; or if you have used another controlled substance or are impaired by medication.
Illinois DUI Penalties
If you fail a chemical test administered by a law enforcement officer, as a first-time offender, you may have your driver’s license suspended for six months if convicted. If you refuse a chemical test, you could face a 12-month suspension.