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It sounds like you could perhaps do even better than a reduced charge; how about a "Not Guilty" veridct from a jury? Sometimes a jury is easier to reason with than the prosecutor, who holds all the cards when it comes to deciding what charges will be pursued, and whether to offer a reduced charge.
You can always avoid all penalties of a DUI by going to trial and winning. While Illinois requires 48 hours of jail on any sentence of a second DUI. Many times a lawyer may help you avoid this by asserting that the arrest constituted one day served in jail, and that you should get day for day credit, so that the 48 hour requirement is satisfied.
Whether the prosecution offers a reduction of the charges is totally up to them. They will consider the facts of the case and determine whether to make that offer. Many jurisdictions are refusing to reduce charges on a second DUI for their own reasons. Talk to your lawyer they will be able to help you through that process.
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