Underage DUI

In Illinois, DUI penalties for drivers under the age of 21 are tougher than those for drivers who are 21 or older. If you are under the age of 21 and are convicted of driving under the influence, you face a minimum two years of driver's license suspension rather than a minimum of one year.

Also, a much greater effort may have to be undertaken to get court supervision. Patel Law, PC has nearly 20 years of criminal defense experience and can fight tirelessly on behalf of anyone facing underage DUI charges.

Underage DUI Penalties in Illinois

The following summarizes the penalties for an underage DUI conviction in Illinois:

First offense

  • Misdemeanor conviction on your record
  • Minimum license suspension of two years
  • Possible imprisonment for up to one year
  • Up to $2,500 fine

Second offense

  • Misdemeanor conviction on your record
  • Minimum license suspension of five years
  • Mandatory five days of imprisonment, or 240 hours community service
  • Possible imprisonment for up to one year
  • Up to $2,500 fine

Third offense

  • Class 4 felony conviction on your record
  • Minimum license suspension of 10 years
  • Mandatory 18-30 months of periodic imprisonment
  • Possible imprisonment for seven years
  • Up to $25,000 fine

Protecting You from Extreme Consequences

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. If you or your child has been arrested for underage DUI, Mr. Patel will look for defenses such as:

  • Whether or not there was probable cause for the traffic stop
  • Which field sobriety tests were performed and whether or not they were performed correctly
  • The results of blood, breath, and urine tests and whether or not they were accurate

RETAIN A DEFENSE LAWYER IN CHAMPAIGN, IL

Even if it may not be possible to beat the charges, Mr. Patel can negotiate with prosecutors for the best possible outcome to resolve the case. In addition, he can provide advice and counseling to help your child obtain a restricted driver's license or ignition interlock device so that they can still operate a vehicle legally after their conviction. Contact a DUI defense lawyer in the Champaign-Urbana area today by calling our offices or by completing our free online evaluation form. We look forward to reviewing your legal options with you soon.