Illinois DUI law resembles that of many other states. In Illinois a DUI refers to the crime of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This crime of driving under the influence or DUI in the state of Illinois actually sets off 2 separate actions against you, 1 with the DMV and 1 with the courts.
The Illinois dmv will automatically institute whats called a “statutory summary suspension” against your driving privileges. A statutory summary suspension in Illinois means that your driving privileges will be suspended for a period of time and then automatically re-instated.
First time offenders in Illinois may apply to the courts for what’s known as a Judicial Driving Permit (JDP) which can allow the person to actually drive during the suspension under certain conditions.
If convicted of a drunk driving violation in Illinois here’s what you can expect as far as court punishments go,
Illionois DUI Conviction Penalties:
- First DUI Offense in Illinois:
- 1 year loss of drivers license.
- 1 year imprisonment possible.
- Max fine of $2,500
- Second DUI Conviction in Illinois
- Minimum of a 5 year loss of drivers license if 2nd offense was within a 20 year time frame.
- Mandatory 5 days in jail or 30 community service days if 2nd offense was within a 5 year time frame.
- Imprisonment up to 1 year possible.
- Third DUI Offense in Illinois (a Class 4 Felony)
- 6 year loss of driving privileges
- Imprisonment possible for up to 3 years.
- Fines up to a $10,000 maximum.
Driving under the Influence in Illinois Also Triggers Drivers License Sanctions;
First offense DUI: Indication of a BAC of .08 or greater through an approved chemical test triggers a mandatory 3-month drivers license suspension. Refusing to be tested triggers an automatic 6 month suspension.
Second Offense DUI: BAC of .08 or greater triggers mandatory 12 month suspension.
Please remember this information was accurate as of the time of publication. Please check back often as we frequently update this information to keep up with the changes in Illinois DUI law.