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Illinois prohibits driving with a .08 percent BAC or above. When you drink and drive in Illinois, you risk your freedom, finances and your future.
A DUI HAS TWO SEPARATE AND DISTINCT COMPONENTS:
1. Criminal - Guilt or Innocence of DUI offense
If you are under 21 years of age in Illinois there is a "Zero" tolerance for alcohol and driving. If you are convicted for DUI, the first offense will result in a minimum 1-year suspension of your driver's license. In addition, you may be imprisoned for up to one year and fined up to $2,500.
2. Civil - Statutory Summary Suspension
Every person charged with DUI on a public highway is subject to a statutory summary suspension. The implied consent law in Illinois requires that any person that drives in the State of Illinois agrees to submit to a chemical test of their Urine, Blood or Breath. Refusal to submit to a chemical test (or blowing over .08) may result in a summary suspension from 6 months to 3 years, depending on the circumstances. If a commercial driver’s license holder receives a statutory summary suspension, his/her CDL privileges will be disqualified for one year for a first offense; a lifetime disqualification applies for a second offense. PLEASE NOTE: Summary Suspensions are automatic and go into effect 46 days from the date of the stop. DO NOT DRIVE TO COURT AFTER YOUR SUSPENSION HAS GONE INTO EFFECT! DOING SO WILL RESULT IN ADDITIONAL CRIMINAL PENALTIES INCLUDING POSSIBLE JAIL. Drivers may request a timely hearing to contest the suspension. Therefore, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible and request a hearing BEFORE the suspension goes into effect. In most cases, driving relief may be available during the suspension period through the use of BAIID (contact us for more information).
Effective July 1, 2011: If a driver refuses to submit to chemical testing after being involved in a crash in which a serious injury or death occurred, his/her driving privileges will be revoked for a minimum of 1 year.
First Drunk Driving Conviction*
*First Time DUI Offenders are eligible for court supervision which will NOT result in a revocation of driving privileges (a summary suspension may still apply). Call for more details.
Third Drunk Driving Conviction
Second Drunk Driving Conviction