Illinois Fourth Offense DUI
A fourth offense conviction is an aggravated DUI offense, which is a Class 2 felony and the penalties for a fourth offense DUI conviction are as follows:
Jail time: A person convicted of a fourth offense might face up to 3 to 7 years in jail. If your BAC level was .16% or greater you could face a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 90 days.
Fines: The maximum fines for a fourth offense can be up to $25,000 whether or not a child under the age of 16 was in the vehicle at the time. If your BAC level was .16% or greater the mandatory minimum fine is $2,500.
Community service: You will have to serve 25 days of community service in a program benefiting children if the fourth offense was with a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle or the second offense was an aggravated DUI offense.
License revocation: Your driver’s license will be revoked for life following a fourth offense conviction with no chance of a restricted driving permit.
If you have three or more Illinois DUIs, any additional DUI offense will be considered an aggravated DUI.
Class 2 Felony
In the United States, a felony is a very serious offense. So, after serving your sentence, your life may encounter some obstacles. The felony will be on your record, so convicted felons could have trouble when seeking employment. Recently, Illinois has been attempting to assist convicted felons. In 2013, a legislation was signed which does not allow employers to ask job seekers for their criminal history on job applications.
A Class 2 felony is punishable by three to seven years in state prison and/or fines not to exceed $25,000. The prison sentence for a Class 2 felony in Illinois would be administered by the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The penalty for a Class 2 Felony in Illinois will vary based on your case and is determined by the judge. The courts (jury and judges) can apply the maximum penalty available within each felony charge – the minimum or a combination of a punishments.
Being convicted of a felony can determine if you qualify for federal assistance for student loans, but this status is also changing. In addition, if you have been convicted of a felony for a drug offense, you will be prohibited from filing for Federal Assistance, such as welfare or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Once sentenced, convictions cannot be expunged for any criminal offense in Illinois, whether a misdemeanor or felony. Under the right circumstances, some records for misdemeanors, namely Class 3 and Class 4 felonies, may be sealed.
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