Drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher will likely be charged and possibly convicted of driving under the influence (DUI)
A DUI offense will be a permanent part of your criminal record. Besides inhibiting your ability to find employment, you could be facing potential jail time and have your license suspended or revoked.
If you face DUI charges, you need to speak with an Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyer who can assist you in avoiding a conviction.
You Could Face Prison Time and/or Community Service
Since a first conviction for a DUI is a Class A misdemeanor, first-time offenders face up to one year of jail time. It is unlikely that a judge will sentence you to a full year in prison unless there are aggravating factors
Aggravating factors are any circumstances that warrant increasing the severity of your penalties. For instance, if you are found transporting a child under the age of 16, you could potentially serve six months in prison and be sentenced to 25 days of community service for a program benefiting children.