A news media outlet filed a report concerning a DUI offense that occurred in Illinois. The report indicates that 11, resulting in the death of a passenger and injuries to other passengers.
The driver is charged with what is known as “aggravated DUI”. Under Illinois law, aggravated DUI is a felony. (625 ILCS 5/11-501(a)(1))
A standard DUI is a class-A misdemeanor, the highest level misdemeanor, just a step below a felony. The maximum penalty for a Class-A misdemeanor is 364 days in the county jail and or a fine of no more than $2,500. (730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-55)
The term “aggravated DUI” means that in committing a DUI, the driver did something while driving drunk that makes his or her conduct more serious than a standard DUI, so much so that it is considered felonious. There is list of aggravated DUI offenses at 625 ILCS 5/11-501(a)(1).
The lowest level felony (Class-4) is 1-3 years in prison. A Class-3 is 2-5 years. The sentence for a Class-2 felony is 3-7 years and a Class-1 is 4-15 years.
Each felony can also carry fines and in general, subject to an ever-growing list of exceptions, probation instead of or in combination with, prison, is available. On the other hand, for a Class-X felony, probation is not available and the term of imprisonment is 6-30 years. (730 ILCS Chapter V)
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