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Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Penalties in Illinois

Penalties for DUI in Illinois vary depending on the circumstances of the arrest and conviction. These circumstances may include the driver’s age, the driver’s BAC level, whether the driver was transporting a child under age 16, and whether the driver has previous DUI convictions. Any DUI offense resulting in felony charges is classified as Aggravated DUI.

First Conviction

Class A misdemeanor (possible imprisonment of up to 1 year; fines of up to $2,500); minimum revocation of driving privileges for 1 year (2 years if driver is under age 21); suspension of vehicle registration.

  • If committed with a BAC of .16 or more — In addition to any penalties or fines, mandatory minimum fine of $500 and mandatory minimum 100 hours of community service.
  • If committed while transporting a child under age 16 — In addition to any penalties or fines, possible imprisonment of up to 6 months, mandatory mini­mum fine of $1,000 and 25 days of community service in a program benefiting children.
  • If committed while transporting a child under age 16 and involved in a crash that resulted in bodily harm to the child (Aggravated DUI); Class 4 felony (pos­sible imprisonment of 1-3 years, fines of up to $25,000) — In addition to any other criminal or administrative sanctions, mandatory fine of $2,500 and 25 days of community service in a program benefiting children.

Second Conviction

Class A misdemeanor (possible imprisonment of up to 1 year; fines of up to $2,500); mandatory minimum imprisonment of 5 days or 240 hours of communi­ty service; revocation of driving privileges for a minimum of 5 years for a second conviction within 20 years; suspension of vehicle registration.

  • If committed with a BAC of .16 or more — In addition to any penalties or fines, mandatory imprisonment of 2 days and mandatory minimum fine of $1,250.
  • If committed while transporting a child under age 16 (Aggravated DUI); Class 4 felony (possible imprisonment of 1-3 years, fines of up to $25,000).
  • If committed while transporting a child under age 16 and involved in a crash that resulted in bodily harm to the child (Aggravated DUI); Class 2 felony (pos­sible imprisonment of 3-7 years, fines of up to $25,000) — In addition to any other criminal or administrative sanctions, mandatory fine of $5,000 and 25 days of community service in a program benefiting children.

Third Conviction (Aggravated DUI)

Class 2 felony (possible imprisonment of 3-7 years, fines of up to $25,000); rev­ocation of driving privileges for a minimum of 10 years; suspension of vehicle registration.

  • If committed with BAC of .16 or more — In addition to any other criminal or administrative sanctions, mandatory imprisonment of 90 days and mandatory minimum fine of $2,500.
  • If committed while transporting a child under age 16 — In addition to any other criminal or administrative sanctions, mandatory fine of $25,000 and 25 days of community service in a program benefiting children.

Fourth Conviction (Aggravated DUI)

Class 2 felony (possible imprisonment of 3-7 years, fines of up to $25,000); rev­ocation of driving privileges for life with no relief available; suspension of vehi­cle registration.

  • If committed with a BAC of .16 or more — In addition to any other criminal or administrative sanctions, mandatory minimum fine of $5,000.
  • If committed while transporting a child under age 16 — In addition to any other criminal or administrative sanctions, mandatory fine of $25,000 and 25 days of community service in a program benefiting children.

Fifth Conviction (Aggravated DUI)

Class 1 felony (possible imprisonment of 4-15 years, fines of up to $25,000); rev­ocation of driving privileges for life with no relief available; suspension of vehi­cle registration.

  • If committed with a BAC of .16 or more — In addition to any other criminal or administrative sanctions, mandatory minimum fine of $5,000.
  • If committed while transporting a child under age 16 — In addition to any other criminal or administrative sanctions, mandatory fine of $25,000 and 25 days of community service in a program benefiting children.

Sixth Conviction or Subsequent Conviction (Aggravated DUI)

Class X felony (possible imprisonment of 6-30 years, fines of up to $25,000); revocation of driving privileges for life with no relief available; suspension of vehicle registration.

  • If committed with a BAC of .16 or more — In addition to any other criminal or administrative sanctions, mandatory minimum fine of $5,000.
  • If committed while transporting a child under age 16 — In addition to any other criminal or administrative sanctions, mandatory fine of $25,000 and 25 days of community service in a program benefiting children.

If you are in need of legal assistance, contact Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt. Attorney Gebhardt has over 15 years of legal experience, including five years as a Cook County prosecutor. Call 773-898-8745 or 847-239-4703 for immediate assistance with your DUI case.