Since implementation of the Illinois Statutory Summary Suspension laws in 1986, the Secretary of State’s office has been able to track DUI cases from arrest to disposition. All courts have been required to report all case dispositions to the Secretary of State since 1984.
If a judge grants a driver court supervision for an offense, the driver is not subject to the mandatory penalties of the conviction; the judge determines the penalties.
Judges are prohibited from granting court supervision to a driver more than once in a lifetime for a DUI offense, and then only if there was no previous conviction.
Because the Secretary of State’s office records all court supervisions, repeat offenders are more easily identified, enabling judges to impose more appropriate penalties.
During 2011, 38,704 statutory summary suspensions were recorded by the Secretary of State’s office:
• As of December 31, 2011, court dispositions were reported for 41 percent (15,677) of these cases.
• Of those dispositions 29 percent (4,588) resulted in convictions and 66 percent (10,377) received court supervison
• In 5 percent (752) of these cases, other dispositions, such as convictions for reckless driving were received.
• Of the dispositions received, 22 percent of the first offenders received a DUI conviction, and 86 percent of multiple offenders were convicted.
To get more information after you or a family member has been charged with DUI/DWI or a traffic citation call the Giacoletto Law Firm at 618-346-8841 or toll free at 888-346-8841 to speak today with an experienced Madison or St. Clair County criminal attorney centrally located in Collinsville.
Source: 2013 Illinois DUI Fact Book, Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State; www.cyberdriveillinois.com