The criminal component of DUI in Illinois involves the actual charge of DUI against the motorist by a law enforcement officer. This is essentially when you are arrested by getting handcuffed and transported to the police department for processing. The reason for the arrest was due to failing the field sobriety test by the police officer, and/or submitting to a preliminary breathalyzer test (PBT).
Now what are the criminal charges that you can have?
A first or second charge for DUI is classified as a Class “A” misdemeanor. Now you can also be charged with a Felony if there are other circumstances in the case like operating an uninsured motor vehicle, an invalid drivers license, or getting into an accident which causes bodily harm or death. Also 3 DUI’s or more will be a felony and can carry a possibility of jail time.
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