After a DUI charge, people are often concerned about the consequences they could face, which can range from incarceration and fines to community service and license revocation. The exact penalties for driving under the influence will vary depending on a number of circumstances.
Here is what Illinois motorists need to know about the factors that affect the penalties for a DUI conviction.
Blood alcohol content
For people of legal drinking age, a conviction for operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of .08 can lead to jail time, fines and license revocation. However, if the driver’s blood alcohol content is .16 or higher, the penalties will increase. For example, first-time offenders with a BAC of at least .16 will have to complete a mandatory 100 hours of community service and pay an additional $500 fine.
Repeat offenders face heightened consequences, which increase with each subsequent conviction. After a first conviction, for example, the driver will typically lose his or her license for at least six months. This rises to one year for a second offense. Repeat offenders will also need to install an ignition interlock device on their automobile.
Age of passengers
If there were passengers under the age of 16 in the vehicle at the time of the DUI arrest, the convicted will see additional fines, community service hours and jail time.
Many other situations can affect the penalties for a DUI, including the driver’s age and license status. A strong defense is essential to avoiding or reducing the potential consequences.