Feb 2

The Illinois Secretary of State maintains a fact book with important considerations for driving under the influence (DUI), including several detailed statistical breakdowns. Before delving into the details, it is important to note that the statistics below represent 2016 data. The Illinois Secretary of State will update the handbook once 2017 data is available.

Illinois DUI Statistics for Average Offender

The average DUI offender in Illinois is overwhelmingly male, with men representing approximately 75% of total DUIs. The average offender is also 34 years old, with offenders aged 35 or less representing approximately 57% of total DUIs.

Additionally, the average DUI offender in Illinois was arrested:

  • Between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.;
  • During a weekend; and
  • With a BAC of 0.16.

Illinois DUI Statistics Based on BAC

Illinois DUIs based on BAC have the following distribution:

  • Drivers with a BAC between 0.08 and 0.09 represented approximately 7% of Illinois DUIs;
  • Drivers with a BAC between 0.10 and 0.14 represented approximately 36%;
  • Drivers with a BAC between 0.15 and 0.19 represented approximately 35% of Illinois DUIs; and
  • Drivers with a BAC of 0.25 or more represented approximately 6% of Illinois DUIs.

As the data above indicates, drivers are most likely to register a BAC between 0.10 and 0.19 when committing a DUI in Illinois.

Illinois DUI Statistics Based on Age

The arrest rates below are based on the number of arrests per 1,000 licensed drivers within the age bracket in question.

  • Drivers aged 15 or younger had an arrest rate of 0.045 for Illinois DUIs;
  • Drivers aged 16 had an arrest rate of 0.313 for Illinois DUIs;
  • Drivers aged 17 had an arrest rate of 0.855 for Illinois DUIs;
  • Drivers aged 18 had an arrest rate of 2.566 for Illinois DUIs;
  • Drivers aged 19 had an arrest rate of 3.463 for Illinois DUIs;
  • Drivers aged 20 had an arrest rate of 4.670 for Illinois DUIs;
  • Drivers aged 21 to 24 had an arrest rate of 7.949 for Illinois DUIs;
  • Drivers aged 25 to 34 had an arrest rate of 6.146 for Illinois DUIs;
  • Drivers aged 35 to 44 had an arrest rate of 4.015 for Illinois DUIs;
  • Drivers aged 45 to 54 had an arrest rate of 2.682 for Illinois DUIs;
  • Drivers aged 55 to 64 had an arrest rate of 1.353 for Illinois DUIs; and
  • Drivers aged 65 or older had an arrest rate of 0.292 for Illinois DUIs.

As the data above indicates, drivers aged 21 to 34 are most likely to commit a DUI offense in Illinois.

Do You Need Legal Help?

No matter what the criminal offense, all criminal charges are serious. A sound strategy and an aggressive defense are essential for a positive outcome. To protect your rights in such situations, it is highly advisable to retain legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The Prior Law Firm in Bloomington, Illinois, has proven experience in criminal defense. If you need legal help with criminal defense, contact us today for a free consultation. You can reach The Prior Law Firm by phone at (309) 827-4300, email at johnprior@thepriorlawfirm.com or by completing an online form.

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