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New law could give four-time DUI offenders ability to drive in Illinois

When a person is convicted of a DUI in Illinois, there are very specific penalties that will result. These penalties can include the loss of driving privileges for a prolonged period of time. If there are subsequent offenses, the amount of time that a license suspension will run can increase dramatically.

For repeat DUI offenders, three or more convictions can mean the permanent revocation of their license. They would be unable to drive in Illinois, and if they were caught behind the wheel without a license, they would be facing additional penalties. These offenders would have to find a new method of transportation to help them be able to travel throughout the region.

Recently, a bill was proposed in the Illinois Legislature that could have a major impact upon repeat DUI offenders. The bill would allow four-time offenders to be able to petition to have their drivers' licenses reinstated five years after their last sentence has ended. This would potentially permit these individuals to be back on the road, with certain restrictions.

Critics of this proposal feel that it may be placing other motorists at risk, since these repeat offenders have demonstrated an inability to refrain from drinking before driving. However, these individuals would have to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles which would prohibit the vehicles from starting if any alcohol was present on the driver's system. The driving privileges also could be limited by location, such as the motorist may only be allowed to travel to and from work under the terms of the license.

Every DUI conviction only increases the penalties that can be handed down. It is essential that those facing charges offer a strong defense to each and every allegation, or they could find themselves unable to avoid very severe consequences.

If you have been charged with DUI, speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney about the specific facts of your particular case. Your attorney will be there to aggressively defend you against these charges, and help you protect yourself at such a difficult time.

You may not understand what will happen if you are convicted of this offense. You need to be completely informed of your options so that you can make the best decision for your future. If your case goes to trial, you need someone who is not afraid to stand up for your rights in the courtroom. Do not simply plead guilty, because it could end up costing you for many years after the case has ended.