Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense in Illinois. A person who is arrested for drunk or intoxicated driving and convicted on DUI charges will face numerous penalties, including the loss of their driver’s license, thousands of dollars in fines and court costs, the requirement to use an ignition interlock device when driving, and potential jail time, even for a first offense. However, when a DUI offense results in injury to another person, the consequences may become even more severe. For those who have been charged with DUI involving injuries to others, it is crucial to work with an attorney who can provide a strong defense during criminal proceedings.
Felony vs. Misdemeanor DUI
In general, felonies are more serious crimes than misdemeanors, and they carry harsher penalties, including prison sentences of one year or more. Misdemeanors typically carry less severe punishments, including sentences ranging from a few days to less than one year. In Illinois, first-time and second-time DUI cases will usually be prosecuted as misdemeanors. However, when certain circumstances are present, aggravated DUI charges may apply, and a person may face felony charges.