Common DUI-Related Offenses and Their Penalties

Sometimes when a person is pulled over for DUI in the state of Illinois, they’re also charged with other offenses. These are some of the most common.

Common DUI-Related Offenses and Their Penalties

Check out some of the most common DUI-related offenses:

  • Possession of drugs in the vehicle
  • Letting a drunk driver operate a vehicle
  • DUI on a boat or snowmobile

Here’s a closer look at each.

Possession of Drugs in the Vehicle While Drunk Driving

though you’re allowed to have up to 30 grams of marijuana in the state of Illinois, you must only transport it outside the passenger compartment of your vehicle or, if it’s in the passenger compartment, it must be in a sealed, childproof and odor-proof container.

However, you’re not allowed to have other types of drugs. In fact, illegal possession of a controlled substance by a driver can add two additional criminal charges. If the state of Illinois convicts you on your first offense of possession of drugs in a vehicle, your driver’s license will be suspended for a year. If it’s your second conviction, your driving privileges will be revoked.

Related: 3 big ways a DUI conviction will change your life

Letting a Drunk Driver Operate a Vehicle

In Illinois, you’re not allowed to knowingly permit a driver who’s under the influence to operate a vehicle. In fact, it’s a Class A misdemeanor, and that means you could go to jail for up to a year and pay fines of up to $2,500.

DUI on a Boat or Snowmobile

like any other motor vehicle, it’s illegal to be under the influence of alcohol and operate a boat or a snowmobile. And in the state of Illinois, if you’re involved in a personal injury or fatal crash and do you receive a citation for any offense, the state considers you to have given consent to a breath test. If you refuse, don’t complete or fail your chemical testing, you’ll lose your driver’s license.

Related: 3 ways to beat a DUI charge in Illinois

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