Have you been arrested for felony drunk driving?
It is considered to be a per se offense for a person to be operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of over 0.08%. This is a serious offense that will have serious penalties from the very first time that it is criminally charged. However, should a defendant have two convictions already on their record and find themselves facing a third conviction they will be facing what is known as an Aggravated DUI, which is considered to be a Class 2 felony. The penalties that are associated with a criminal charge of this nature will include the following:
- Ten year revocation of driving privileges;
- Suspension of vehicle registration;
- Incarceration of three to seven years; and
- Monetary fines of up to $25,000
Should it be determined that the drunk driving resulted in an accident, the imprisonment could be heightened to up to fourteen years. If multiple deaths were a result of the DUI, the incarceration could last as long as 28 years. With each subsequent conviction and with the additional factors that can aggravate the charge, it is important that these penalties will be heightened. For example, a fifth conviction is considered to be a Class 1 felony and has penalties that begin with incarceration that lasts from four to fifteen years.
Felony DUI Defense: Understanding the Consequences
Beyond these penalties, however, it is important to realize that there will be other consequences that could have just as strong of an effect on the victim’s life – if not proving to be even more troublesome. As outlined by the Secretary of State, these include:
- A permanent blemish on the criminal record;
- Lost time spent at work;
- Required completion of alcohol/drug evaluation;
- Installation of a BAIID in all of their vehicles;
- Required high-risk auto insurance; and
- Possibility of a seized local authorities
It is important to realize that these are not something that will be overcome over a single night. These are consequences that do not have a timeline and that will affect you for the rest of your life – causing you serious issues and prohibiting you from living your life in the same manner that you have before the arrest or before the consequences began to set in.
Contact a Chicago DUI lawyer today!
Have you recently been arrested on charges relating to drunk driving? If so, then it is in your best interests to get the involvement of an experienced Chicago criminal defense attorney that you can trust. This is not the time to put your future into the hands of an inexperienced or untried lawyer. At the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege, they have the experience of heavyweights and have the ability to provide their clients with the personalized attention of a smaller firm.
By working with their legal team, you will be able to be confident knowing that you will be giving the edge that you need in your criminal case. At their firm, they adopt a no-fail attitude in every case. They are not deterred by complex situations and are, instead, driven even quicker to action. Should you choose to work with their legal team, you will be able to be confident knowing that you will have placed your case, and therefore your future, into completely capable and trustworthy hands.
Have you been charged with a felony DUI? Don’t wait another moment!Contact a Chicago DUI lawyer from our firm to schedule your case review to learn more about how we can help.