A conviction for a DUI in Illinois can be devastating. Compared to other states, an Illinois DUI charge can come with some of the most unforgiving penalties for DUI offenders. In addition, the Illinois has given the State’s Attorney’s Office a lot of flexibility in prosecuting DUI cases. For instance, in Illinois, you can be prosecuted for a DUI even if you were not driving but, as long as you were in actual physical control of the vehicle. Actual physical control requires only that you were within the vehicle and you are physically capable of starting the car. Hence, in Illinois, there have been cases were people were convicted of a DUI even though they were in the back seat of the car sleeping. For this reason alone, it is important to hire an experienced Chicago DUI attorney.
The links below list the six different types of DUI offenses you can be arrested and prosecuted for in Illinois; as well as the potential strategies that can be used in attacking DUI charges, along with the penalties that are associated with DUI charges. (It is also important to note, that you can be charged with a combination of these and not just one).