Typical Illinois DUI Punishment (or sentence):
Each sentence is case specific. Sentencing is often based upon the reason the police officer stopped your car, whether you submitted to a breath test, the resulting BAC level if you did submit to a breath test, if there is a video, as well as many other factors. However, for the purpose of giving you a general guideline, below is a typical DUI sentence assuming that it is your first DUI, you have an attorney and there is nothing unusual about your case (for example, you were not speeding 105mph in a 55mph zone when you were pulled over). A typical sentence would be:
•1 year of court supervision;
•Fines and costs of approximately $1,700.00;
•Required to complete all of the drug and alcohol treatment recommendations;
•Attend a Victim Impact Panel (VIP).
What is Court Supervision:
Court Supervision is not a conviction by the court. Court supervision is in-between a conviction and having the case dismissed. If a case cannot be dismissed, the next best disposition is court supervision. With court supervision the court has authority to make you pay a fine, pay court costs, and complete other requirements. After the period of court supervision (usually 1 year) you will be required to return to court for a final “return date” at which time the court will confirm that you have completed all of the court’s requirements and paid all of the court fines and costs. If everything is done and paid, and you have not been arrested during the period of the court supervision, the case will be terminated and the case will be over without you receiving a conviction for DUI.
Who does not qualify for Court Supervision:
The Court cannot sentence you to Court Supervision if you previously had a prior DUI, Statutory Summary Suspension or Reckless Driving charge, regardless of when the prior charged occurred. For example, if you received court supervision on a DUI charge 25 years ago, you cannot obtain court supervision.
What is A Victim Impact Panel:
A Victim Impact Panel is a presentation by family members of a person who was killed by a DUI driver or by a person who has injured or killed another person when they were driving while intoxicated. The VIP is approximately 2 hours long. You will be required to attend one VIP.