In Chicago, some cases of drunk driving or driving under the influence are considered aggravated – and when they are, they’re considered felonies.
What is an Aggravated DUI in Chicago?
There are several factors that can turn an ordinary DUI charge into an aggravated DUI charge in Chicago. It’s important to remember that like any other DUI charge, you may be able to fight it. However, you’ll need to call your lawyer immediately so he can take the appropriate action and preserve your rights as soon as possible.
The state of Illinois can charge you with an aggravated DUI if:
- It is your third DUI
- You allegedly caused an accident resulting in great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement
- You were driving in a school zone and caused an accident that resulted in great bodily harm to someone else
- You caused someone else’s death
- You were driving with a suspended or revoked license that resulted from a prior DUI conviction
- You left the scene of an accident involving injury or death
- You were driving with a passenger under the age of 16 and caused an accident that resulted in bodily harm to that passenger
- You had an invalid or expired driver’s license
- You did not have a driver’s license at all
- You have an earlier conviction for an alcohol-related reckless homicide offense and this is your second DUI offense
- You were driving a school bus and had passengers aged 18 or younger on board
In any of these cases, the drunk driving charge automatically becomes a felony.
What Happens After an Aggravated DUI Charge in Chicago?
If the state charges you with an aggravated DUI, you’ll lose your driver’s license immediately. The sooner you get in touch with a Chicago DUI lawyer, the better; in the best-case scenario, you’ll call him before you submit to any chemical tests or speak to investigators.