Most drivers in Illinois know that driving after drinking too much alcohol is illegal. However, it can be hard to determine how many drinks will put one over the limit and, as a result, many people drive illegally and do not even know it. There are many consequences of a DUI conviction, and some of them are long-lasting, so focusing on fighting the charge should be a priority.
The Illinois State Police outlines some of the legal penalties that a DUI conviction brings. For a first conviction, there is a fine of up to $2,500, potential prison time of up to one year and the driver loses full driving privileges for at least one year. Subsequent convictions result in stiffer penalties including mandatory prison time, high fines and loss of driving privileges for up to 10 years.
In addition to these penalties, there are also court and other legal fees. Between potential jail time and time missed for court appearances, there is also a loss of income and sometimes the loss of a job.
According to Very Well Mind, there are other consequences of a DUI that take time and money. As part of probation, one may need to attend a series of alcohol classes or even speak to a counselor about typical alcohol use and consumption.
Once the state reinstates driving privileges, a driver will still be feeling the consequences for years. With a restricted license, the driver must install an ignition interlock device in the vehicle. Before starting the vehicle, the driver must blow into the IID and register a .00 BAC. This requires installation and monthly fees, and it can be embarrassing when other people are in the vehicle.
A person with a DUI will also face higher auto insurance rates. Due to the higher risk, insurance companies require an SR-22, and this can raise rates two to three times normal for years.