There Are Serious Consequences To An Aggravated DUI Conviction
Aggravated DUI (driving under the influence) is the legal term for a felony DUI in Illinois. Accusations of aggravated DUI are prosecuted vigorously. Penalties for a conviction can include substantial jail sentences, in addition to the long-term consequences that result from having a criminal record that includes a felony conviction.
A DUI charge becomes “aggravated” when any of the following circumstances are present:
It is the defendant’s third DUI offense. The defendant was driving a school bus with passengers under the age of 18 on board.
- The defendant caused an accident resulting in great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement.
- It is the defendant’s second DUI offense, and the defendant has an earlier conviction for an alcohol-related reckless homicide offense.
- The defendant was driving in a school zone and caused an accident resulting in bodily harm to another person.
- The defendant caused the death of another person.
- The defendant was driving with a license that was suspended or revoked for a prior DUI conviction, summary suspension, leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injury, or reckless homicide.
- The defendant had an expired or invalid license, or was never licensed to begin with.
- The defendant caused an accident resulting in bodily harm to a passenger under the age of 16.
A History Of Successful Representation
Sheppard Law Firm, P.C., has extensive experience in the most serious DUI offenses. We routinely make use of expert testimony to attack the results of a Breathalyzer or blood test, and use physician testimony to provide medical explanations for a client’s appearance and symptoms at the time of arrest. The firm is proud to boast a winning track record for complex DUI cases.