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How Much Will a DUI Conviction Cost You?

The costs of a DUI conviction can be exorbitant.

While there may be monetary fines and mandatory minimum jail sentences, the real costs of a drunken driving conviction may be the other costs associated with the charge.

For example, you may face a $500 fine for a first-time DUI conviction. However, the overall costs of defending your DUI charge will likely cost you almost $17,000. You can buy a new car with that. Here's a look at the breakdown of the costs, as provided by the Illinois Secretary of State:

5 DUI-Related Offenses All Drivers Should Know

Getting arrested for drunken driving may just be the start of your problems. Along with facing a DUI charge, you could also face a host of DUI-related charges and offenses.

The penalties for these offenses may be as severe as those for drinking and driving. And when combined with the DUI charge itself, you could face significant jail time, fines, and license suspensions.

Here is a look at five DUI-related offenses, as provided by the Illinois Secretary of State:

DUI Convictions: 7 Potential Penalties Aside From Jail

When you think about the penalties for a DUI in Illinois, you typically think about possible jail time and monetary fines.

While jail time and fines are good reasons for concern, you should be aware that there may be many additional penalties as well. In fact, some of these penalties may have a greater impact on your life than spending a few days in jail.

Here's a look at seven consequences of a DUI conviction besides jail, as provided by the Illinois Secretary of State.

When Can I Be Charged With an Aggravated DUI?

You can be charged with an aggravated DUI in Illinois under a variety of circumstances.

Typically, any DUI charge that results in felony charges is considered an aggravated DUI. This means that you face increased penalties including mandatory minimum prison sentences and community service, which usually are not subject to suspension or reduction, according to the Illinois Secretary of State.

Generally, aggravated DUI in Illinois includes the following offenses: