Joliet Criminal Law Blog

How Much You’ll Really End Up Paying for an Illinois DUI Conviction

A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction is quite serious in our state, with consequences that can be life-altering in many ways. This goes beyond the criminal penalties imposed by the State of Illinois, too. Getting a DUI is also a serious financial burden, one that may end up costing you thousands of dollars when all is said and done.

What are the different expenses of a DUI, and what can you expect to pay?

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office estimates that each DUI costs around $18,030. The total cost of a DUI varies between cases, but you generally can anticipate some or all of the below costs we’ve [...]

Illinois Drug Possession Charges: Are They Really That Serious?

Short answer: yes. The consequences for drug possession in Illinois are wide-ranging, but the act is more severely sentenced here than in many other states, with most possession offenses charged at the felony level.

If convicted, you will likely face a lengthy prison and/or probation sentence and hefty criminal fines. For felony-level offenses, you will also bear the lifelong consequences associated with being a convicted felon. The criminal record that follows you will tarnish your applications for housing, employment, and loans and could even compromise child custody cases.

Because of this, if you are facing drug possession charges, it is imperative to take them seriously and be aware of what [...]