It is illegal to drive under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs in Illinois because of the risk of property damage, physical injury, and even death. To deter people from engaging in this type of driving behavior, Illinois law under 625 ILCS 5/11-501 outlines a multifaceted penalty structure for DUI offenses.
Penalties for Standard DUI Offenses
When a person commits DUI in Illinois, a conviction results in certain standard penalties. Generally, Illinois law charges DUI as a Class A misdemeanor and includes the following penalties:
First Offense: Upon conviction, the offender may face up to 364 days in jail, $2,500 in criminal fines, and a 24-month probationary period; and
Second Offense: Upon conviction, the offender is subject to the first-offense penalties and a mandatory minimum of five days in prison or 240 hours of community service.
Furthermore, a DUI conviction in Illinois will result in driver’s license [...]