Cook County DUI

Driving under the influence is a misdemeanor offense with a potential sentence of up to one year in the Cook County jail. The arrest is followed by a statutory summary suspension that deprives the motorist of a driver’s license for 6 months, 12 months, or even 36 months.

However, the driver can seek a hearing to reinstate driving privileges, so an attorney should be consulted as soon as practicable.

All DUI offenses are prosecuted by the Cook County State’s Attorney, unless it is a village prosecution (which is rare). The cases are heard by judges in all six municipal district courts: Chicago Daley Center, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview, and Markham.

During a period of statutory summary suspension, some defendants may qualify for a driving permit. The permit is called a Monitoring Device Driving Permit. The permit is referred to as an MDDP by attorneys and the courts. The statute is 625 ILCS 5/6-206.1 of the vehicle code. The MDDP is a permit allowing the defendant […]

Breath Alcohol Concentration 0.16 | Enhanced Penalties for Illinois DUI

Penalties for Illinois DUI with BAC of 0.16 or more

by Sami Azhari on October 21, 2010

The breathalyzer test that is part of nearly all driving under the influence arrests serves as the State’s best evidence that the driver is guilty. A result of 0.08 or more is per se a violation of 625 ILCS 5/11-501. But the breath test does more. A high breath alcohol concentration can subject the defendant […]

Jail Sentence for First DUI Offense Illinois

Jail time for first offense of driving under the influence

by Sami Azhari on September 30, 2010

A charge of driving under the influence in Illinois has serious consequences. Most DUI offenders are charged with a Class A misdemeanor offense of DUI. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,500. If the defendant is found guilty of a crime, then he is […]

Criminal penalty for first Illinois DUI offense

by Sami Azhari on September 1, 2010

DUI Illinois | Criminal Penalties

An arrest for driving under the influence will result typically in a misdemeanor charge on the first offense. Specifically, a DUI is a Class A misdemeanor under Illinois law. It is categorized the same as other crimes like domestic battery, theft, etc. The penalty for a Class A misdemeanor is up to one year in […]