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Felony DUI Offenses

Felony DUI Offenses In Illinois

i-felonyduioffensesEven the most basic, first-time conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) can be personally and financially devastating. If you have heard or read terms such as “aggravated DUI” or “felony DUI” in reference to your case — or if you are uncertain of the exact charge against you — it is absolutely critical to hire a lawyer versed in current Illinois DUI laws and all effective defense strategies.

Aggravated DUI, For Any Reason, Means You Are Facing A Felony Charge

Aggravated DUI or felony DUI, as these names imply carry more serious consequences. Although these laws evolve, as of early 2014, the vast range of factors that could result in a felony DUI offense include:

  • Involvement in a crash causing bodily harm to a child under 16 — even if you have had no prior-related driving convictions
  • A second DUI offense while transporting a child under 16
  • Absolutely any third or subsequent DUI, regardless of your exact blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or the presence of any other aggravating factors
  • Any DUI committed while driving an in-service school bus or vehicle for hire
  • Any DUI charged in relation to a crash that caused great bodily harm
  • Commission of DUI while driving without a valid driver’s license or insurance

Life-Changing Penalties Are Unavoidable If Convicted Of Felony DUI

By the letter of the law, judges have no power to suspend or reduce mandatory imprisonment or community service in aggravated DUI cases. In addition to jail time, fines up to $25,000, a lengthy (or even lifetime) driver’s license revocation and the many collateral consequences of a felony conviction on your record, you may be subject to:

  • Inability to obtain — or cost-prohibitive requirements for obtaining — a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP)
  • Vehicle seizure or impoundment in addition to suspension of your vehicle registration

Call A Proven Felony DUI Defense Lawyer: 630-553-4567 or 630-897-5553

Please do not assume that your case is a lost cause. The attorney you have on your side could make all the difference. At Self & Russelburg, LTD., we know that an all-out defense effort, including building the most compelling case possible for trial, may be the only way to go in your case. We handle felony DUI defense for clients throughout Kendall County, Kane County, DuPage County, LaSalle County, Grundy County, DeKalb County and various other area jurisdictions — so contact us right now.