Consequences of a DUI Conviction
The consequences of a DUI conviction can be severe. The consequences of a DUI include both the criminal penalties for a DUI and the collateral consequences to your driving privileges. Collateral consequences include the revocation of your driving privileges.
When is a DUI Conviction Possible?
A conviction for a DUI can occur even after your first DUI arrest. Typically, first-time DUI offenders do not receive a conviction as a sentence. Rather, first-time DUI usually receive a sentence of supervision. However, anyone charged with a subsequent DUI is ineligible for supervision and the only sentencing option is a conviction. A sentence of supervision can become a conviction if the State successfully gets a court to revoke your supervision based upon a violation of the supervision terms.
A DUI can also go down as a default judgment that is treated by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Department of Motor Vehicles Division as a conviction. What that means is if you miss your court dates and a judgment is entered against you that judgment is the equivalent of a conviction for the DMV. In these situations, it is imperative that you contact a Chicago DUI lawyer as soon as possible to file the appropriate motions to vacate the default judgment. If successful, the motion to vacate will put the DUI case back on the court’s docket but more importantly it would vacate the judgment which would reinstate your driving privileges.
Anyone that receives a DUI out of state will have his or her Illinois driver’s license revoked. The current procedure in place requires the state making the DUI arrest to report to the Illinois DMV that an Illinois resident was arrested for a DUI. At this point, Illinois will likely suspend the Illinois driver’s license under its Implied Consent and statutory summary suspension laws. If the out of state DUI results in a judgment that judgment will be reported to Illinois. Illinois then will revoke the person’s driver’s license. Under the current procedure a first-time DUI offender will have his Illinois driver’s license revoked. This absurd result will occur even if the first-time DUI offender would have received supervision in Illinois.
Criminal Consequences for a DUI Conviction
The Illinois DUI laws and the sentencing scheme it creates control the criminal consequences available for a DUI conviction. For example, mandatory minimum sentences are required for 2nd or subsequent DUIs, cases where the BAC is twice the legal limit, and if minors where in the vehicle driven by or in actual physical control of the DUI offender. The Illinois DUI laws increase the criminal consequences available to a sentencing court depending upon how many prior DUIs are in the offender’s background. A conviction for a DUI will be the only type of sentence available for anyone facing a 2nd or subsequent DUI.
Collateral Consequences of a DUI Conviction
The collateral consequences of a DUI conviction include all the consequences that occur after a DUI conviction other than the criminal consequences. Collateral consequences include the alcohol and drug treatment classes, the fines and fees, consequences to your job, and the potential embarrassment that comes with a DUI arrest. However, the biggest collateral consequence that follows a DUI conviction is the ramification to your driving privileges.
Following a DUI conviction, the DMV will revoke a person’s driving privileges for a minimum of one-year. Unlike a suspension that ends automatically after paying a reinstatement fee, a revocation stays in effect until the DMV reinstates your driving privileges. Typically, the DMV will reinstate your driving privileges only after a hearing with the Secretary of State.
At the hearing, the Secretary of State will make a determination whether your driving privileges will be restored. The Secretary of State hearing can either be a formal or informal hearing. A formal hearing is required anytime driving privileges need to be restored following a fatality or multiple DUIs. Typically, a restricted driving permit is issued prior to full-reinstatement.
The consequences of a DUI conviction cover both the criminal consequences and the collateral consequences. Currently, the law only requires a DUI lawyer to discuss the criminal consequences of a DUI conviction because the courts have said that the criminal consequences are what matter. That logic makes no sense. Anyone convicted of a DUI knows first-hand that losing your privilege to drive has dramatic consequences. An attorney advising someone to cop out to a DUI conviction must discuss the collateral consequences as well.
At Jaleel Law we understand that in the real world collateral consequences matter just as much as the criminal consequences. That is why we will discuss all the consequences involved in your case and we will tell you the pros and cons of every decision that you are required to make in a DUI case or any other case we represent you in. We are not a law firm that encourages pleading guilty and we always look for ways to win your case. We are not afraid to fight for you. If you decide though that you would rather get your case over with as fast as possible, we promise that you will fully know and understand what you are getting yourself into by pleading guilty. On a daily basis we receive calls from clients seeking to appeal their cases and 9 times out of 10 those potential clients tell us “my attorney never told me that.” We promise that will not happen to you because you will know not only the criminal consequences but also the collateral consequences to a conviction in your case.
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