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DUI defense attorneyFamilies who are expecting a child have high hopes for the future. If that future happens to be snatched away during an accident with an intoxicated driver, the end result can be catastrophic. A family loses a child they were planning for, and the intoxicated driver is left to deal with the guilt and consequences of their actions. In such a case, the consequences could include a felony DUI conviction.

Illinois Considers an Unborn Fetus a Life in DUI Accidents

Paying the price for an unborn fetus might seem unfair, but the state of Illinois considers it a life. This means you could potentially face the very same charges for the death of a fetus as you would have for the death of another human being. In short, you could be charged with an aggravated DUI, which is a felony charge in the state of Illinois.

Consequences of a Felony DUI in Illinois

In addition to having a DUI conviction on your driving record, suspension of your license, fines, administrative fees, and lost time from work, those facing felony DUI charges may experience a prison sentence, probation, and mandatory community service. They may also be required to pay restitution to the victim’s family. Further, having a felony on your criminal record can make it difficult to obtain housing and employment once you are released from prison. A felony DUI conviction also remains on your record for the rest of your life.

Avoiding the Potential Consequences of a Felony DUI

Living with the guilt of your decision is not an easy task. It is only made all the more difficult when you realize that you could spend a great deal of time in jail and that the course of your entire life may be forever altered. You should not have to deal with both. Instead, fight back against your DUI charges and seek experienced legal assistance. Though every situation is different, and outcomes will vary, it may be possible to mitigate the consequences and reduce the severity of your situation.

Contact a Kane County Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you or someone you love is facing felony charges for an aggravated DUI, contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer in Elgin.  At The The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola, we have the knowledge and skills to help you protect your rights and your best interests. No matter how serious the charges against you may be, we aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Schedule your free consultation by calling 847-488-0889 today.

Sources:

http://www.sj-r.com/news/20161024/man-faces-dui-charge-after-wreck-kills-woman-unborn-son

http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/fetal-homicide-state-laws.aspx

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

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dui, Kane County DUI defense attorneyA conviction on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) is likely to have costs that extend beyond fines, license revocation, and jail time. It can mean, among other things, ineligibility for federal welfare benefits, an increased possibility of deportation, ineligibility for reductions in car insurance rates, and mandatory alcohol education counseling. If you or someone you know is facing a DUI charge, it is essential to understand the full consequences of a conviction.

Compromised Civil Liberties

After two DUI convictions, any further conviction will be classified as a felony. A conviction for a felony offense not only means more severe sentencing requirements, but also the loss of civil liberties, such as the right to vote, the right to possess a firearm, and the right to get a passport. Some of these can be eventually restored but the process of doing so may be difficult and expensive.

Child Custody

DUI charges can also affect a person’s parental rights regarding his or her child. When determining parental responsibilities—also known as child custody arrangements—courts examine the moral fitness of each parent, and a DUI conviction can have a negative impact on the court’s decision.

Employment

A DUI conviction can also make it more difficult to find and maintain employment. Employers will often conduct background checks before hiring. Court records are generally available to the public, and so employers will be able to see a potential hire’s criminal history, including DUI offenses. Repeated offenses, in particular, can endanger or destroy an offender’s chances at getting a job.

Further, many jobs, such as notary public, nurse, motor vehicle dealer, or private investigator, require professional licensing. Criminal convictions, such as for DUI offenses, can cause professional licenses to be denied or restricted, whether as a result of state law or because of a private licensing board’s policies or discretion.

Driving Restrictions

Another employment issue affected by a DUI conviction is transportation. Because DUI convictions mean temporary suspension or revocation of the offender’s license, just getting to a workplace or school can become difficult. Illinois provides for a petition for a restricted driving permit, which allows a person to drive on a limited basis, usually to and from the workplace, school, medical treatment, or other essential locations.

The advice and expertise of an experienced DUI defense attorney can prove invaluable in learning to deal with the collateral consequences of a DUI conviction. If you have been arrested for or charged with a DUI offense, please contact a skilled criminal defense attorney in Elgin. Call 847-488-0889 for a free consultation at The The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola today.

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=2086&ChapterID=59&SeqStart=8300000&SeqEnd=10000000

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/BAIID/rdp.html

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