Driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol puts both the driver and other individuals in danger. Consequently, Illinois punishes driving under the influence (DUI) with both criminal consequences and driver’s license suspension or revocation. If you were arrested for drunk driving in Illinois, it is important to know what to expect. Automatic license suspension follows a DUI arrest and if someone is convicted of DUI, they face driver’s license revocation.
It may be possible to reinstate your driver’s license and regain driving privileges after a DUI. However, you will need to complete several steps to do so. The exact requirements a DUI offender must take are largely determined by the driver’s risk classification.
Alcohol Dependency and DUI Cases in Illinois
Individuals who are arrested for DUI are required to participate in an alcohol and drug evaluation. Many people facing drunk driving charges suffer from alcoholism or addiction. The evaluation is used to determine the extent of any addiction or substance abuse problems and the chances that a DUI offender will reoffend.
The drug and alcohol evaluation categorizes DUI offenders in one of four main risk classifications. A person’s risk classification determines what he or she must do to qualify for driver’s license reinstatement or special driving permits.
Minimal Risk – If you fall into the minimal risk category you must complete at least ten hours of DUI Risk Education classes.
Moderate Risk – If you are in the moderate risk category, you must complete the ten hours of DUI Risk Education plus at least 12 hours of early intervention.
Significant Risk – If you are categorized as significant risk, you will need to complete ten hours of DUI Risk Education and at least 20 hours of substance abuse treatment. You will need to participate in the activities described in your continuing care plan.
High Risk – If you are considered high risk, you must complete at least 75 hours of substance abuse treatment and participate in the activities required by your continuing care plan. High risk dependent individuals must go to in-patient rehabilitation to address their alcohol or drug addiction before they can be considered for license reinstatement.
Contact a Rolling Meadows DUI Defense Lawyer
In Illinois, conviction for drunk driving is punishable by driver’s license revocation and other penalties. If you lost your license because of a DUI, contact Arlington Heights license reinstatement attorney Scott Anderson for help. Call Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law at 847-253-3400 for a free and confidential case assessment.