Initially, the consequences of a first-offense DUI might not seem all that frightening. After all, you have a clean driving record. What you may not know, though, is that Illinois is one of the toughest states on drunk driving. In fact, even a first offense can result in serious and lasting consequences. Learn about these consequences, and how an attorney can help mitigate against them, with help from the following information.
Suspension of a License
Upon conviction of the first DUI, the license of a driver is typically suspended for at least a year, provided they submitted a chemical test. If the driver refused a chemical test, driving privileges are suspended for at least a year. Some may be able to seek relief from this consequence through a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) on the 31st day after their conviction.
Having an MDDP means driving with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) during the entire suspension period. This device prevents the convicted driver from starting their vehicle while intoxicated. It also cues the authorities in when repeated attempts are made at doing so (which could result in additional penalties).
Although the suspension of a license may be a minor inconvenience for some, criminal penalties typically affect all convicted DUI offenders. They experience possible jail time (up to one year) or probation, may face fines of up to $2,5000 and have a Class A misdemeanor on their permanent record. Furthermore, if they are ever caught driving under the influence again, it automatically becomes a second offense DUI, regardless of how much time has passed between the two convictions. This occurs because of Illinois’ "look back" period – the time over which a DUI conviction counts toward a subsequent offense – lasts for life of the driver.
Not all consequences of a DUI conviction can be measured. Collateral consequences of a DUI – those are not imposed by the state but directly impact the life of the driver – also exist. Examples of such consequences include a misdemeanor conviction on your criminal record, increased insurance costs, and even decreased options when it comes to employment or housing opportunities.
Contact Our Illinois DUI Defense Lawyer
Despite what you may have been led to believe, you do not have to simply accept the consequences of a DUI conviction. Instead, fight back with help from Myers Law LLC. Seasoned and committed to your best interest, our Addison, IL DUI defense lawyer will aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome in your case. Start by scheduling a confidential and personalized consultation. Call 844-9-THE-LAW today.