Drunk driving charges can be frustrating. Even if you are not convicted, the process can be complex and leave you wondering how long it will take to resolve the charges against you.
If you face conviction, the process can go from irritating to devastating. In some cases, the fines can add up to an overwhelming amount.
These are the costs that come with a DUI conviction in Chicago.
The price of a first-time DUI
Often, your first DUI is a Class A misdemeanor. While less than a subsequent DUI or a DUI with aggravating factors, it can still feel costly with fines up to $2,500.
In addition to the fines, you could face other costs, such as:
- Increases to your car insurance
- Costs to get your vehicle, if it was impounded
- Court fees and costs
- Costs to have your license reinstated
- Usage fees for an ignition interlock device
Depending on your situation and whether you need to obtain a monitoring device driving permit to continue driving, you could see dramatically different costs for resolving and getting through a DUI.
Subsequent DUIs and aggravating factors can mean trouble
Illinois takes drunk driving seriously. There are significant penalties if you are convicted of a second (or third) DUI or there are aggravating factors, such as:
- Having a BAC of 0.16 or more
- Driving in a school zone
- Transporting a child under age 16 in the vehicle
- Driving a vehicle-for-hire with a passenger
In many cases, these additional factors can add thousands of dollars to your overall cost and escalate a misdemeanor to a felony.
In addition to the expense, a DUI conviction can severely limit your driving ability, making it difficult to live your life. You should talk to a skilled professional about drunk driving charges.