As one might imagine, depending on the facts of the specific case, a first time DUI may be charged as a felony. A first time DUI may be charged as a felony if it involves:

A death

An accident

An accident with great bodily harm or disfigurement

An accident involving bodily harm to someone under the age of 16

A second DUI where the alleged offender was transporting a child under the age of 16

A school speed zone and bodily harm

Not having insurance

Driving without a license or permit

Driving on a license that is suspended or revoked for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, or reckless homicide

DUI charges involving accidents involve certain mandatory minimums in addition to felony level consequences. Illinois DUI law is strict and the penalties are severe. Retain an experienced DUI attorney if you are facing DUI charges. The Law Office of Cassandra R. Hirth is available 24/7 by phone or text at (815)315-1933.