Articles Tagged with Illinois penalties for aggravated DUI with a child passenger

Understanding 625 ILCS 5/11-501(c)(3): Aggravated Driving Under the Influence (DUI) with a Child Passenger

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense with severe consequences, but the stakes become significantly higher when the offense involves a child passenger. Illinois law, specifically 625 ILCS 5/11-501(c)(3), addresses aggravated DUI when a driver is found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while a child under the age of 16 is present in the vehicle. This statute underscores the state’s commitment to safeguarding children from the dangers associated with impaired driving. It enhances penalties to reflect the heightened risk and responsibility associated with transporting minors. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the statute, its definitions, potential punishments, defenses, and frequently asked questions to help you understand the gravity of this charge and how to handle it.

The Statute and Definitions

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