Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, if you have a two prior DUI convictions on your record, any subsequent drunk driving charges will be charged as felonies.
Felonies are serious criminal offenses with serious consequences. If you or a loved one has been charged with felony DUI, you need experienced defense lawyers on your side.
At Sullivan & VonBokel, P.C., in Fairview Heights, Illinois, our lawyers have more than 30 years of criminal defense experience. When building a defense strategy, we have one goal: to minimize the negative impact on our clients' lives. No matter how serious your charges, we will fight for your rights and your future.
Aggravated DUI Charges
Repeat offenders often find themselves facing felony DUI charges. In Illinois, a third, fourth or subsequent DUI arrest will be charged as a felony. First- or second-time offenses can also be charged as felonies if a child under 16 was in the car.
The penalties of a felony DUI conviction are harsh.
If this is your third, fourth or subsequent DUI arrest, you will be charged with a felony. If convicted, you face mandatory jail time, fines in the thousands of dollars and possible community service. Third-time offenders will lose their driver's licenses for 10 years. Fourth-time and subsequent offenders will have their driving privileges revoked for life.
Mandatory prison sentences will be served in full. You will not be eligible for a suspension or reduction in your sentence.
A felony DUI conviction will also leave a permanent mark on your criminal record. As a convicted felon, it will be hard to find a job and housing. You may also lose other rights such as your right to possess a firearm.
At Sullivan & VonBokel, P.C., we are committed to your defense. We will do everything in our power to fight your charges and minimize the negative impact to your future.
The Importance of a Local Attorney
Some people think that the best legal representation is offered in big towns. In many situations, that is not the case. An out-of-town lawyer will not be as familiar with the system, may not have dealt with the judges or negotiated with the prosecutors. A lawyer who is in the area and interacts with the same legal professionals will have a better idea of what to expect and how to best prepare your defense.
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Every day you wait to get legal representation is another day prosecutors have to establish their case. Don't wait another day. Contact our firm at 618-207-4473 to get started. Consultations are free.