October 30, 2020

Aggravating Factors in a DUI Case

Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) already comes with harsh penalties that can impact your future in serious ways. But you may have aggravating factors in your DUI case. So what does that mean for your future?

If you’ve been accused of drinking and driving, and there are aggravating factors, your case could be much more severe than the average DUI conviction. Your lawyer can talk to you about aggravating factors and how you can fight your charges.

Your DUI Charges May Be More Severe

When you’re stopped for drinking and driving, you’re already facing penalties like jail time and fines up to $2,500. Driving under the influence is already a misdemeanor in Illinois. But if there are aggravating factors in your case, like the following, the penalties may be more severe:

  • Driving with a suspended license
  • DUI in a school zone
  • Transporting passengers
  • Causing great bodily harm or death
  • Multiple violations

If any of these aggravating factors are part of your case, you may face more severe consequences. An aggravated DUI is a Class 4 felony, which means you could spend years in prison and pay fines that cost you thousands of dollars.

Worse, a felony on your criminal record can impact your future more harshly than a misdemeanor. Your criminal record can haunt you, especially as it appears in background checks. You may lose housing opportunities and job positions because of your criminal record. Worse, felons may face more collateral consequences, like the loss of gun ownership rights and even the right to vote.

Not all your rights are restored following your release from prison. You may be able to get your record expunged or sealed in some situations, but that can take time, if you’re even eligible. If you’re not, you may have a criminal record for the rest of your life.

How a DUI Lawyer in Chicago Can Help

But that doesn’t mean you have no options when you’re facing an aggravated DUI charge. Your DUI lawyer in Chicago can help you prepare for your day in court. You don’t have to face your charges alone, and a lawyer can help reduce or dismiss the penalties when possible. Your lawyer can gather evidence and information that helps your case, preparing it for your trial.

Your lawyer can also represent you in the courtroom. If you haven’t been tried in court, you may not have the tools and experience you need to defend your case. Your lawyer can help you tackle the aggravating factors in your case in order to minimize the impact of the DUI charges.

Talk to a Lawyer About Your Aggravated DUI Charges

If you’ve been accused of committing an aggravated DUI, you have a chance to fight the charges. Your lawyer at Chicago Trusted Attorneys™ can help you build a defense, even if there are aggravating factors in your DUI case. If you’re ready to defend your case and your future, talk to your lawyer by calling 312-519-3171 or by completing the online contact form below.