What is Aggravated DUI in Illinois?

Aggravated DUI is a felony – and it comes with a potential for a lengthy prison sentence. But what is aggravated DUI, and what happens if you’re convicted of it? This guide explains.

Aggravated DUI is a serious crime. In fact, it’s a felony – and the class of felony it falls under depends on the circumstances of your case. Any DUI offense that results in felony charges counts as aggravated, including those outlined in the following table.

DUI Offense Class of Felony
Third or subsequent DUI conviction Class 2
DUI while driving a school bus with kids on it Class 4
DUI while driving a vehicle for hire with passengers Class 4
DUI resulting in great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement Class 4
Second or subsequent DUI committed while transporting a child under the age of 16 Class 2
DUI committed while transporting a child under the age of 16 while being involved in a crash that resulted in bodily harm to the child Class 2
DUI committed without valid driver’s license Class 4
DUI Committed without insurance Class 4
DUI after previous conviction for DUI and reckless homicide, or aggravated DUI involving death Class 3
Dui committed in a school zone during restricted speed limit times and involving a crash that resulted in bodily harm Class 4
DUI committed with a revoked or suspended license stemming from DUI, reckless homicide or leaving the scene of a personal injury or death Class 4
DUI resulting in a death Class 2

Related: What to do if you’re arrested for DUI in Chicago

What if You’re Accused of Aggravated DUI?

You always have the right to talk to a DUI attorney in Skokie whether you’re innocent of drunk driving or you made a mistake. In fact, you should probably seek legal counsel through a free consultation from an experienced attorney as soon as you can. For many people, the best choice is to hire an experienced DUI lawyer who understands the law and who’s willing to fight for them in court – especially when there are felony charges on the line.

Related: Chicago DUI information

Being convicted of aggravated DUI can result in prison time, heavy fines, and a lifelong stigma. That’s why you owe it to yourself to get all the help you can from an experienced professional. It’s important that you know:

  • A DUI conviction stays on your driving record forever.
  • Your vehicle registration will be suspended.
  • Your vehicle could be impounded.
  • You can’t expunge or seal a DUI conviction from your criminal record – it will always be there.
  • You’ll be required to complete alcohol and drug “remedial education” before you can get your driving privileges back
  • You may have to have an ignition interlock device, or IID, installed in your car at your own expense. These devices require you to breathe into them before you can start the car – they won’t allow your car to start if you have alcohol on your breath. 
  • You must carry high-risk auto insurance for three years.

Related: What should you do if you get pulled over for drinking and driving?

Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Aggravated DUI?

If you’ve been accused of a crime, we may be able to help you – and don’t worry: It’s completely confidential. Call us at 847-920-4540 or fill out the form below to schedule your free, private consultation with an experienced and skilled Chicago criminal defense attorney now.

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