Aggressive Defense Against DUI Charges in Randolph & Perry Counties
I am a DUI attorney with more than 25 years of experience representing criminal defendants in Belleville, Randolph County, and Perry County. I am a Navy veteran, a former public defender, and a seasoned trial advocate whose results speak for themselves. As a proven trial advocate, I have the skill and insight necessary to help you protect your rights and, if necessary, present a compelling case for you before a jury.
When you call me, Richard Roustio, for help following your DUI arrest, you can expect to receive honest, straightforward legal advice and thoughtful insight into the various avenues available to help you defend yourself against your particular circumstances – starting with a free consultation.
I successfully completed my treatment and probation period and my case was dismissed.Former Client
Is a DUI a Misdemeanor or Felony in Illinois?
In Illinois, driving under the influence of alcohol varies depending on the arrest circumstances. Factors that can affect whether a DUI conviction comes in the form of a misdemeanor or felony often include:
- The age of the driver: If a driver is underage when he or she is charged with DUI, it could increase the period of license suspension for a Class A misdemeanor.
- The driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC): If a driver’s BAC is above 0.16, it could increase an otherwise misdemeanor-level DUI charge to a felony.
- Whether there was a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle at the time the offense was committed: DUI offenses committed while a child under the age of 16 is in the vehicle often result in heftier criminal liability.
- Whether the driver had been previously convicted of DUI and/or related offenses: A first and second DUI conviction is more likely to be considered by a judge to be a misdemeanor, while subsequent DUI offenses are more likely to be penalized as felonies.
- Whether the DUI offense qualifies as “aggravated DUI”: All DUI offenses that result in felony charges are considered aggravated DUI.
DUI Penalties in Illinois
The potential criminal liabilities intensify with each successive DUI charge and conviction. In Illinois, the penalties you receive for a DUI conviction vary as follows:
- A first-time DUI conviction is considered a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment of up to 12 months and fines of up to $2,500, revocation of your driving privileges lasting up to 2 years, and suspension of your vehicle registration. If aggravated, a first-time DUI conviction could rise to a Class 4 felony, which could put you in prison for up to 3 years and cost you up to $25,000 in fines.
- A second-time DUI conviction is also considered a Class A misdemeanor and, in addition to the penalties for a first-time conviction, is punishable by up to 240 hours of community service, removal of driving privileges for no less than five years (if the prior conviction took place within the past 20 years), and suspension of your vehicle registration. If committed with a BAC of greater than 0.16, you could face two days in prison and at least $1,250 in fines.
Even a first-time DUI charge warrants a robust and well-planned defense. Just one DUI conviction can hurt your job prospects, cost you thousands of dollars in fines, make your insurance premiums skyrocket, and seriously damage your reputation – but that doesn’t have to be your story.
Understanding the Consequences of a DUI Conviction
Being charged with a DUI can have serious consequences that can impact various aspects of your life. It is important to understand the potential consequences of a DUI conviction, so you can make informed decisions about your defense strategy. We have extensive experience in handling DUI cases and can provide you with the aggressive defense you need.
Here are some potential consequences of a DUI conviction:
- License suspension: A DUI conviction can result in the suspension of your driver's license, making it difficult to commute to work, school, or other important obligations.
- Financial penalties: DUI convictions often come with hefty fines, which can put a strain on your finances.
- Increased insurance rates: A DUI conviction can lead to higher insurance premiums, making it more expensive for you to maintain coverage.
- Criminal record: A DUI conviction will go on your criminal record, potentially affecting your future employment opportunities and personal reputation.
- Ignition interlock device: In some cases, a DUI conviction may require you to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, which can be inconvenient and costly.
- Probation: Depending on the circumstances of your case, a DUI conviction may result in probation, which can restrict your freedom and require regular check-ins with a probation officer.
By understanding the potential consequences of a DUI conviction, you can see the importance of mounting a strong defense. Our team of skilled DUI defense attorneys will work tirelessly to protect your rights and minimize the impact of a DUI charge on your life.
Start your defense with our Belleville DUI attorney today!
In many instances, courts and prosecutors are open to negotiation and willing to dismiss charges or negotiate the specific penalties issued. This is where having a tenacious, knowledgeable advocate on your side can make all the difference. When you make me your Belleville DUI lawyer, I will take the time to make sure you have a basic understanding of the laws at play in your case, help you assess your options, and give you a realistic sense of how your case is likely to play out.
There are no guarantees regarding criminal defense, but having a highly qualified attorney can be the difference between painful criminal penalties and a fresh start.
Contact Richard Roustio today to schedule a FREE consultation with our DUI lawyer in Belleville!
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