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How are first time DUI offenses treated?

As a resident of Illinois who is currently up against DUI-related charges, you likely know just how harsh these potential penalties are if you are convicted. Illinois takes DUI crimes very seriously and because of that, it is important to take your defense just as seriously.

FindLaw takes a look at the DUI penalties for first time offenses in Illinois. A first time conviction alone can end up with your license being suspended for up to a year. Your vehicle may even be confiscated. Additionally, ignition interlock devices may be installed even for a first time offender. They are required for those with multiple offenses or people who have been granted restricted licenses. Finally, you will need to take mandatory alcohol education, assessment, and treatment.

Due to being considered a Class A misdemeanor, a person will also face up to $2,500 in fines. However, you will likely be able to avoid time in jail on a first offense. The only exception is if you got into an accident, at which point it will no longer be classified as a Class A Misdemeanor, especially if bodily harm was involved.

It should be noted that in some cases, court supervision may be an option for you. With this, if you follow the stipulations of the judge, you will be able to avoid having charges put on your record and the charges will eventually be dropped.

Are you facing first-time DUI charges? If so, you may want to contact an attorney who has experience with DUI laws. They will be able to fight for court supervision and properly represent you during the court case.

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