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Reeder & Brown, P.C.

Joliet Felony DUI Defense Lawyer

Joliet Felony DUI Attorney

Experienced Lawyer for Aggravated DUI Cases in Plainfield, Mokena, and Will County

Each year in Illinois, thousands of individuals are arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In some situations, the case is prosecuted as a misdemeanor, punishable by possible jail time, fines, and the revocation of driving privileges. Some cases, however, are serious enough that they are prosecuted as aggravated DUI, a felony in the state of Illinois. If you have been charged with felony DUI, a conviction could change your life forever. At Reeder & Brown, P.C., we understand the gravity of the situation, and we are prepared to fight on your behalf.

Aggravating Factors in Illinois DUI Cases

Most first and second-offense DUI charges are handled as misdemeanors. According to Illinois law, a third or subsequent DUI offense is automatically considered a felony. As with most criminal cases, the type of felony and the resulting consequences of a conviction depend upon the circumstances of the individual case. There are a number of other factors that could result in a first or second offense being elevated to a felony charge as well. You may be charged with aggravated DUI if you are suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol:

  • While driving a school bus with passengers age 18 or under;
  • While driving a taxi, Uber, or other vehicle for hire with at least one passenger;
  • While transporting a child under age 16;
  • Causing an accident resulting in serious injury or death;
  • Without a valid license or auto insurance;
  • While your license was suspended or revoked for a previous DUI, reckless homicide, or leaving the scene of an accident causing injury or death; or
  • After a previous conviction of reckless homicide while DUI or felony DUI involving a death.

Penalties for Felony DUI

A charge of aggravated DUI may range from a Class 4 felony up to a Class X felony in the most extreme situations. Penalties for a Class 4 felony DUI may include up to three years in prison, and fines of up $25,000. The prison sentence may be extended if the case involved an injury to another person. As the charges increase in severity, the possible penalties are also more serious. Aggravated DUI with multiple deaths, for example, is a Class 2 felony, punishable by imprisonment of up to 28 years.

At Reeder & Brown, P.C., our criminal defense team draws from the experience of Attorney Joel Brown, a former Will County prosecutor. During his career, Mr. Brown has worked on countless DUI cases including many charged as felonies. He is ready to put his background and familiarity with the Will County court system to work in developing an aggressive, responsible defense in your case. While negotiation with prosecutors is an important element in many criminal proceedings, we are not afraid to take your case to trial when necessary.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

If you or a loved one is facing felony charges for aggravated DUI, you must take action immediately. Contact our office for a free consultation with a skilled DUI defense attorney today. Call 815-472-8580 for an appointment. We are proud to protect the rights of clients in Joliet, Plainfield, Mokena, Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Romeoville, and the rest of Will County.

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