Penalties for DUI

There are a variety of penalties for a DUI and hiring an attorney can help guide you through through the process and help get your life back to normal sooner.

Driving Under the Influence

  • First conviction (under age 21) — Class A misdemeanor with possible 0- 12 months imprisonment; loss of driving privileges for minimum 2 yrs; 100 hrs community service; fines of up to $2,500.
  • First conviction (over age 21) — Class A misdemeanor with possible 0-12 months imprisonment; loss of driving privileges for minimum 1 year; 100 hours community service; fines of up to $2,500.
  • Second conviction — Class A misdemeanor with possible 0-12 months imprisonment; fines of up to $2,500; possible loss of driving privileges for 5 years.

Driving Under the Extreme Influence
BAC of .16 or greater

  • First conviction — Class A misdemeanor with possible 0-12 months imprisonment; loss of driving privileges for minimum 1 year (if under 21, minimum 2 years); 100 hours community service; fines of $500-$2,500.
  • Second conviction — Class A misdemeanor with possible 0-12 months imprisonment; possible loss of driving privileges for minimum 5 years

Driving Under the Influence
Child Endangerment
Driver over 21 transporting a child under 16

  • First conviction — Mandatory 6 months in jail and 25 days of community service in a program benefiting children; loss of driving privileges for minimum 1 year; fines of $1,000-$2,500.

DUI while Suspended or Revoked for Previous DUI; Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury or Fatal Crash; Reckless Homicide; or Aggravated DUI with a Death

  • First conviction — Class 4 felony with possible 1-3 years imprisonment; loss of driving privileges for double the original suspension period or additional 1-year revocation.
  • Second conviction — Class 4 felony with possible 1-3 years imprisonment; mandatory 30 days in jail or 200 hours community service; loss of driving privileges for double the original suspension period or additional 1- year revocation.
  • Possible Forfeiture of Vehicle.

Source: Secretary of State, 2007 Illinois DUI Factbook