Being arrested and taken into custody for drunk driving can understandably be scary. After all, a DUI arrest and subsequent conviction can have a negative impact on one's reputation and future. However, those facing drunk driving charges in Illinois have the right to defend themselves in court.
The possible consequences of a DUI conviction include fines as well as the suspension of a driver's license. Another potential consequence is jail time. In cases that involve a felony DUI or a repeat drunk driving offense, consequences can span from probation to time in prison.
In addition, those convicted of DUI may be required to have their automobiles outfitted with breath alcohol ignition interlock devices, also known as BAIIDs. Having to attach a secure continuous remote alcohol monitor, or a SCRAM, to one's ankle to continually monitor one's alcohol consumption may also be required. Another negative effect of a drunk driving conviction is the possibility of losing the chance to claim certain jobs or live in certain apartments. It may even be impossible to get into a desired college with this type of criminal conviction.
Fortunately, just because someone is charged with DUI does not mean he or she will be convicted. Prosecutors at trial have to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt before any conviction can happen. In some circumstances, it may make sense for the defendant may choose to strike a plea agreement with the prosecution, which may lead to a lighter sentence than what would result from a guilty finding at trial. An attorney in Illinois will help the defendant to pursue the best possible outcome considering the underlying circumstances.