Consequences for an Illinois DUI can be serious. Penalties may include jail time, fines and the loss of driving privileges. In some cases, the state can seize your vehicle. According to the law, any vehicle used with the knowledge and consent of an owner in a crime, including DUI, may be subject to forfeiture.
Even first time drunk driving offenders may be subject to forfeiture if they are driving without a license or insurance or there are other aggravating factors such as prior DUI convictions, causing injury to another person or a DUI arrest in the presence of a minor.
If your vehicle is seized, owners listed on the title will be notified within a specified period of time as will the State’s attorney, who will file a complaint for forfeiture which will be served to the owner/s of the vehicle. A subsequent hearing will determine if the forfeiture stands and, if so, the vehicle can be sold at auction.
There is a bit of wiggle room for a spouse or family member to transfer the title into his or her name if the forfeiture of the vehicle poses a financial hardship to the family. However, this provision is limited.
If you have been arrested and charged with an Illinois DUI/DWI, it is important to get the help of an experienced DUI lawyer. Libertyville, Illinois DUI attorney Ronald L. Bell is a recognized “10 Best” DUI DWI Attorney in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys. Ron will aggressively defend you against Illinois DUI DWI charges and related traffic offenses. Contact our offices today at 847-702-7502.