What Are the Penalties for Marijuana/Cannabis DUI in Illinois?

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Wheaton cannabis DUI defense attorneyThe penalties for a cannabis DUI in Illinois are very similar to the possible penalties for an alcohol-based DUI. However, cannabis DUI does not carry a mandatory community service aspect, as many alcohol-based DUIs do.

For a first offense cannabis DUI, if you plea guilty to or are found guilty at a trial of having either 5ng of delta 9 THC in your blood or 10 nanograms of delta 9 THC in any other bodily substance, you can expect:

  • The dismissal of your case without a conviction based upon good behavior, or;
  • A range of other possible penalties, with the maximum of up to 364 days in county jail,
  • Counseling as spelled out in a drug/alcohol evaluation,
  • A one night class at the courthouse called a victim impact panel,
  • $2,500 maximum fine + court costs,
  • Cannot receive any new criminal or traffic offenses during the duration of your sentence.

For a second offense cannabis DUI, if you plea guilty or are found guilty at a trial of having either 5 nanograms of delta 9 THC in your blood or 10 nanograms of delta 9 THC in any other bodily substance, you can expect:

  • A range of possible penalties, with the maximum of up to 364 days in county jail and a mandatory minimum of either five days in county jail or 240 hours of community service,
  • Counseling as spelled out in a drug/alcohol evaluation,
  • A one night class at the courthouse called a victim impact panel,
  • $2,500 maximum fine + court costs,
  • Cannot receive any new criminal or traffic offenses during the duration of your sentence,
  • Minimum driver’s license revocation for one year, maximum of forever!

A good DUI attorney can help reduce some if not all of these possible penalties! Cannabis DUI arrests are increasing in Illinois for a wide variety of reasons. If you are accused of a Cannabis DUI, contact an experienced DuPage County DUI attorney TODAY!

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