Are you facing multiple DUI charges in Chicago?
Being charged with DUI in the state of Illinois can be severe depending on the circumstances. It only takes a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 to be classified as “under the influence.” That equates to about 3 drinks in an hour, depending on the person’s weight and the strength of the drink. For a first offense the penalties can include suspended driving privileges (full privileges) for a year, up to a year of jail time and a fine of up to $1,000. A second offense means stiffer penalties. Contact a Chicago criminal defense attorney immediately if charged with any type of DUI offense.
Second DUI offenses do carry harsher consequences that need to be known and taken into consideration in the defense process. The loss of full driving freedom now moves to a three-year minimum if the second conviction occurs within a period of 20 years from the first conviction. The maximum amount of the fine is the same as the first offense but there is a compulsory jail time of 48 hours or community service of 10 days.
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Drivers under 21 face slightly different and more severe penalties, including a minimum 5 year loss of driving privileges or loss of said privileges until age 21, whichever time period is the longer; longer mandatory jail time or community service, possible imprisonment and higher fine. If there is instance of an accident or crash due to driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and another is severely injured, permanently disabled or killed as a result, it is a Class 4 felony with varying degrees of penalty depending on various factors. It does not matter whether it is the first or second offense. When there is this kind of result it is classified as Felony.
The crackdown on DUI convictions and the seriousness of the consequences is territory for a highly skilled attorney to navigate for a client charged a second time with a DUI offense. Knowledge of the full law and statutes covering DUI-related charges and offenses is what the client will find at the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege. The team is thoroughly experienced in successfully defending clients who face conviction for driving under the influence and the attendant consequences. Your future is at risk so don’t delay. Call the firm today and get the kind of skilled and aggressive defense that is your right under the law.
Contact a Chicago DUI attorney from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege for a tough defense to your second DUI charge as soon as possible after your arrest.