The Illinois Criminal Code prohibits any person from driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both. When a person becomes impaired and loses their ability to operate their vehicle in safe fashion, it qualifies as a DUI in Illinois. Though in certain circumstances, a regular DUI can become an aggravated DUI and subject the offender to felony charges.
How Does Illinois Define Aggravated DUI?
625 ILCS 5/11-501 provides the Illinois definition of aggravated DUI. The aggravated version of this offense applies if a person commits DUI:
For a third or subsequent time;
For a second time, if there was a child passenger under the age of 16 years old;
While transporting multiple passengers on a school bus or a vehicle-for-hire;
While also causing great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to someone else;
After a previous conviction for reckless homicide while under the influence;