Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) are the same charge in both Missouri and Illinois. They can be a life altering charge. Not only can you lose your driver’s license, but you can lose your freedom, not to mention the enormous fines and costs that are levied by courts. DUIs carry with it 2 different cases. The first is the criminal case. Most 1st, 2nd and sometime 3rd DUIs are misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are still very serious and carry with them a maximum of 364 days in jail, up to 2 years of probation and in Missouri up to a $1,000 fine, and in Illinois up to a $2,500 fine.
Regardless of how many DUIs you have been charged with in the past, certain enhancements in sentencing might mean you could be facing a felony. A few of these enhancements include, driving without a valid license, driving with a child in the vehicle, driving without insurance and if you were involved in an accident. For felony sentences in Missouri and Illinois, please refer to the sentencing ranges for the state you are charged in; Missouri or Illinois.
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The second, and for a lot of people the most important consequence for a DUI arrest is the civil case. After being charged with DUI you face the reality that you will be losing your license if you don’t act quickly. Both Missouri and Illinois give you at most 30 days after your arrest to file a civil case against the state to win back your driving privileges. In Missouri you can file for an Administrative Review or a Petition for Review, depending on whether you blew or gave blood. In Illinois this process is called a Statutory Summary Suspension or SSS. The length of time you may be facing a suspension or revocation of your driver’s license depends on the circumstances surrounding your stop and how many DUIs you have been convicted of in your past. These offenses are even more sever if you possess a commercial driver’s license and can jeopardize your livelihood.
For answers to your all important questions about DUI/DWI in Missouri or Illinois, contact Attorney Travis E. Strobach for your free consultation today (314) 651-9360