In many circumstances in Illinois, DUI is classified as a misdemeanor. However, if you are charged with an aggravated DUI, you may be convicted of a felony. Typically, the punishment for an aggravated DUI conviction will include higher fines, longer driver’s license suspensions, the increased likelihood of required substance abuse treatment, and even a mandatory minimum jail sentences.
That’s why in a DUI situation in Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park, Winnebago County and all over northern Illinois, it is crucial that you contact a skilled aggravated DUI defense lawyer immediately, and the Law Office of Paul M. Marriett can help.
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What elevates a DUI to aggravated DUI?
The penalties for an aggravated DUI are more severe because a driver has been charged with committing an accompanying offense in addition to the initial DUI. In these cases, it is the addition of the accompanying offense that escalates the charge. For example, if a driver received a DUI while driving with a suspended or revoked Illinois license, or they caused harm to another person or caused extensive property damage as a result of the incident, that driver may be convicted of an aggravated DUI.
Penalties Associated with Aggravated DUI
Penalties for an aggravated DUI could include community service, loss of driver’s license, hefty fines, probation and possibly jail time. If your vehicle is not confiscated by the state, you may be required to have an ignition interlock system, such as BAIID, installed in your vehicle. This machine will require you to blow into it every time you wish to start your vehicle. If any amount of alcohol is detected, your vehicle will not start. Outside of court, you’ll likely face the loss of your vehicle insurance and the automatic disqualification from certain jobs.
Get the Aggravated DUI Defense You Need
If you or someone you know has been charged with an aggravated DUI, the circumstances surrounding your case will need the expertise of a DUI defense lawyer who specializes in this ever-changing and complex area of law.