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Penalties for DUI in Illinois

Law enforcement can arrest you for driving under the influence in Illinois with blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. In addition, state law requires you to consent to a breath or blood test or face additional charges. 

Review the possible penalties for DUI in Illinois before facing the judge on these charges. 

First-time DUI

If you have no prior DUI convictions, you could receive the following penalties if found guilty: 

  • Mandatory clinical evaluation for substance use disorder 
  • License suspension for 12 months 
  • Up to $2,500 in fines 
  • Up to 364 days in jail 

For a DUI arrest with a passenger who is younger than 16, the state has a mandatory minimum of $1,000 fine and six months in jail. For BAC of 0.16% or higher, you will receive a mandatory minimum $1,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. 

Aggravated DUI

Felony DUI charges apply to certain circumstances in Illinois. You could receive a Class 2 felony for DUI involving: 

  • Two or more prior DUI convictions on your record 
  • The second offense with a passenger younger than 16 
  • Serious injury to a child younger than 16 
  • The death of another driver or passenger, which has a mandatory minimum of two years in prison 

This crime carries a fine of up to $25,000 as well as three to seven years in prison. You may also receive an extended license suspension. 

Class 3 or 4 felony charges include DUI while driving under a suspended license, without insurance, or resulting in permanent injury or serious disability to another person.