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Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious offense in the state of Illinois, and is committed when a person drives a vehicle after consuming in excess of the safe level of drugs or alcohol. Substances that result in intoxication lead to diminished motor and mental reactions, hence reducing the ability of the driver to properly control the vehicle. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is known to significantly increase the risk of accidents, causing severe injuries and even death.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 28 people die in motor vehicle accidents every day in the United States due to impaired or drunk driving. In addition, motor vehicle related fatalities due to drinking and driving account for about 40-50 percent of the total number of accidents that take place annually.
Penalties for First DUI/DWI Offense
Considering the seriousness of this problem, Illinois DUI/DWI laws dictate serious charges against people who are caught drunk, with impaired driving. While penalties may differ from case to case, the following are the standard charges for people convicted for their first DUI offense:
In Illinois, there is no plea option that may allow you receive reduced charges for committing lesser offenses, but with the help of an experienced DUI attorney, you can obtain dismissal of charges or at least get some favorable terms. In addition, the conviction remains on your record, and if you are arrested for DUI for a second time, it will result in harsher penalties and severe consequences.
If you have been convicted of a DUI in Illinois, it is best that you consult with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. Contact the law firm of Ettinger & Besbekos, P.C., today 708-377-5426 to discuss your case today.