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New Illinois DUI Law

Illionis DUI Felony Law:

Felony DUI convictions for drivers without valid license or insurance!

An aggravated DUI statute[1], effective January 1, 2006, makes it a Class 4 Felony to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs if the driver

  • does not have a valid driver’s license, permit, restricted driving permit or judicial driving permit, or
  • knew or should have known that the vehicle was not covered by liability insurance

Class 4 Felonies are punishable by a term of not less than one, and up to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, a fine of up to $25,000, or thirty months probation. Felony convictions are not eligible for supervision, and result in automatic revocation of driving privileges.

Drivers charged with felonies are ineligible for I-bonds or D-bonds at the police station, and will remain in police custody until they appear before a judge.

The GOOD NEWS is that defenses may be available to clients charged with the Felony offense of aggravated DUI, whether first time or repeat offenders.