There are many reasons why Illinois citizens can lose their driving privileges. The most common way is an arrest or conviction for DUI. Even if you do not earn a DUI conviction, an Illinois police officer can issue a notice of statutory summary suspension for your driver’s license if you fail a blood-alcohol content test, are unable to complete one or refuse to take a chemical test. The suspension goes into effect on the 46th day after your arrest, and lasts for six months to a year, depending on your circumstances. You may petition to get your driving privileges reinstated by using one of the following two driving permits available to you:
Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP)
These driving permits are typically only available to first-time DUI offenders, but if you have not had a summary suspension within the past five years, you may still be eligible. An MDDP allows you to drive freely during your summary suspension, but you must have a breath-alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) installed in any vehicle you drive. After you complete the application for the MDDP, you must return it to the Secretary of State’s office, which will then give you 14 days to have a BAIID installed.
Restricted Driving Permit (RDP)
If you are not eligible for an MDDP, you could get a restricted driving permit (RDP). These permits are available to people who can prove a hardship exists because of their inability to drive. Not only do you have to prove why you need the permit, but you must also provide confirmation of a recent professional alcohol and/or drug evaluation, and proof of remedial education or treatment. Before you are issued an RDP, you must attend a Secretary of State hearing to make sure you are not a threat to other drivers. Like the MDDP, an RDP requires you to have a BAIID installed on all vehicles you will drive during the suspension period.
Contact a Naperville DUI Defense Lawyer
Losing your driver’s license can be a difficult experience, one that forces you to figure out how to get from place to place without driving yourself. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get a driving permit, which will allow you to have the freedom to get where you need to go. A skilled DuPage County DUI defense attorney can help you through the process of applying for and receiving a driving permit after a DUI arrest. At the Law Office of Patricia Magana, LLC, we can represent you and provide skilled guidance throughout your DUI case. Call our office today at 630-448-2001 to schedule a free consultation. Se habla Español.