Second DUI Arrest
In Illinois, a second DUI arrest is a tipping point. The potential penalties escalate and you will no longer have the option of seeking court supervision to avoid a criminal record.
If you are arrested a third time, you will be facing felony charges. To protect yourself from potentially devastating consequences, you should consult an experienced Champaign DUI defense lawyer. At Patel Law, PC, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and possible defenses for a second DUI. 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.
Penalties for a second DUI in Illinois
The following summarizes the penalties you face in Illinois for a second DUI offense:
- Class A misdemeanor conviction on your record
- Minimum five days in jail
- You may be able to avoid jail time by performing public service. In some cases, wearing a SCRAM bracelet may also be required.*
- Minimum five-year loss of full driving privileges
- Ignition interlock device required for restricted driving privileges**
- Up to a $2,500 fine
If convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you could lose your driving privileges and suffer a black mark on your record that affects your ability to get a decent job. Protect your reputation and your future by hiring a Champaign criminal defense attorney from Patel Law, PC right away. Our firm has handled thousands of criminal defense cases and is knowledgeable in Illinois DUI laws and defense strategies. Contact our firm at your earliest convenience to set up a free initial consultation with a member of our team. We look forward to fighting on your side!
*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.