Illinois DUI Penalties Attorney

Serious Consequences for Even One Mistake

Even when a DUI is a one-time mistake, the consequences of a conviction are harsh. Fines, jail time and license suspensions are possible for one lapse in judgment. For repeat DUIs, you can expect a potential sentence that is much more severe.

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, the Illinois DUI penalties attorney at the Law Office of Philip R. Nathe will clearly explain the potential sentence you are facing and work to reduce the consequences if you are convicted. Our law firm provides a strong DUI defense for clients in Naperville and surrounding areas.

Incarceration, Fines and Suspension

Even for a first-time DUI, your potential sentence could include steep fines and incarceration. Your potential sentence includes:

  • Up to one year in jail, although a judge may decide not to sentence you to any time in jail
  • A fine of up to $2,500
  • Community service
  • Mandatory six-month driver's license suspension

The consequences increase dramatically for a second DUI. A second DUI carries a potential sentence that includes:

  • A minimum of 48 hours in jail, with a maximum sentence of one year
  • A fine of up to $2,500
  • You may be given community service instead of serving 48 hours in jail
  • License suspension for a minimum of three years

A third or subsequent DUI within 10 years of your first will result in a Class 4 felony charge. The potential sentence includes:

  • Up to three years in prison
  • A fine up to $10,000
  • Community service
  • A license suspension of a minimum of six years

If you are convicted of a fourth DUI, a judge must sentence you to prison.

Experienced Joliet DUI Lawyer

In addition to these severe criminal penalties, you face the potential for other significant consequences. You will have a permanent criminal record. Your vehicle insurance will skyrocket. While your license is suspended, you may have difficulty getting to and from your job. Professional and occupational licenses can be affected.

With potential consequences like these, you need to take immediate steps to defend yourself. Our attorney will protect your rights and work to minimize the consequences of a DUI. Schedule a free initial consultation with our attorney by calling 630-364-4621, toll free at 888-583-6197 or contact us online.