Felony DUI

DUI penalties escalate rapidly if you have two or more prior convictions. A third DUI offense is a felony in Illinois.

If you are convicted, in addition to potentially losing your driving privileges, you will lose your right to vote and your right to possess guns and ammunition. A fourth DUI requires a mandatory term of imprisonment to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Probation is not an option on a fourth DUI. To protect your rights and your future, you should contact an experienced defense lawyer as soon as possible.

At Patel Law, PC, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and possible defenses. Attorney Baku N. Patel is a former Champaign County and Vermilion County senior prosecutor who understands DUI charges from both a prosecution and defense point of view. In addition, as a former federal prosecutor and U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General, he has successfully handled thousands of criminal cases. He has the experience you need to defend your rights. If charged with a felony aggravated DUI, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side.

Illinois DUI Offense Penalties

Third offense

  • Class 2 felony (aggravated DUI)
  • Minimum 10-year loss of full driving privileges
  • Ignition interlock* required for restricted driving privileges
  • Possible three to seven years in prison. You may be able to avoid jail time by wearing a SCRAM bracelet**
  • Up to $25,000 fine

Fourth offense

  • Class 2 felony (aggravated DUI)
  • Your driver's license will be revoked for life with no restricted driving privileges
  • Possible three to seven years in prison
  • Up to $25,000 fine

Fifth offense

  • Class 1 felony (aggravated DUI)
  • Possible four to 15 years in prison
  • Up to $25,000 fine

Sixth or subsequent offense

  • Class X felony (aggravated DUI)
  • Possible six to 30 years in prison
  • Up to $25,000 fine

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There are defenses to DUI charges, including felony DUIs. Attorney Patel has the experience to go to trial and defend your rights if prosecutors do not make a reasonable offer. He is specially licensed to defend capital murder cases in Illinois courts and has experience in Federal Court, making him more than qualified to defend you from a felony conviction. Contact a lawyer from Patel Law, PC today to get started and find out what a lawyer can do for you.

*You may have the option of wearing a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM) ankle bracelet in lieu of jail time.

**If your driver's license has been suspended for DUI in Illinois, you may be able to obtain a restricted driving permit by having a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed on your vehicle. The BAIID, combined with a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP), will allow you to drive any time during your suspension period.