How new laws in Illinois affect drivers facing the consequences of a DUI arrest and conviction
It’s no secret that a conviction for driving under the influence in Illinois, or any other state, can create serious hardships for you and your family. Aside from the fines, court costs and jail time that can come with a DUI conviction, a driver who is charged with a DUI can expect to pay attorney fees, have his or her license suspended and be required to install ignition interlock devices in each of his or her vehicles. For repeat DUI offenders in Illinois, driving privileges could be revoked for an offender’s entire life. All of this can make it difficult for DUI offenders—even first-time offenders—to keep a job, meet their familial obligations, and satisfy their court obligations.
New Laws and What They Mean for You
New laws that took effect on January 1, 2016 aim to provide some relief for Illinois drivers who’ve been convicted of a DUI. Under the new laws, Illinois residents and licensees with DUI convictions in their past may be able to obtain limited driving privileges. Here’s a brief summary of the changes to Illinois’ DUI laws:
DUI laws in Illinois are constantly changing as the State Legislature enacts new laws to protect the public from drunk driving while attempting to remain fair to the drivers accused and convicted. Therefore, it is always advisable to speak with an attorney who is knowledgeable about current laws. This advice can assist you in determining how to proceed in your DUI case or what relief you may be entitled to following a conviction.
Under the new laws, Illinois residents and licensees with DUI convictions in their past may be able to obtain limited driving privileges.