Driving under the influence of alcohol – commonly abbreviated as DUI – is usually prosecuted as a misdemeanor if it is your first offense in Illinois. The penalties can include driver’s license suspension, fines, probation, ignition interlock device installation, and jail time.
Some offenses, however, can have harsher punishments. If you have been charged with multiple DUI offenses, it can be prosecuted as a felony under Illinois law. Similarly, if you have a child passenger or if you cause an accident in which one or more people are seriously injured or killed, you can be charged with a felony as well.
Chicago criminal attorney Purav Bhatt has extensive experience in handling misdemeanor and felony DUI cases and can provide you with the personalized legal representation, guidance, and support you need and defend your rights and interests aggressively.