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Ignition Interlock Devices for Driving After a DUI Conviction

 Posted on November 06, 2018 in DUI

Will County DUI Lawyer

Being able to drive legally is a privilege, not a right. When you are arrested for a DUI in Illinois, the Secretary of State’s Office automatically puts a statutory summary suspension into effect if you fail a blood alcohol content (BAC) test, or if you refuse to submit to a test. This suspension is separate from any criminal charges you might face, or suspension/revocation that may come with those charges. 

Driving is crucial for most Americans, so the loss of driving privileges can greatly impact your life. It can mean a tougher time getting to work or transporting your children to school or their activities. Fortunately, Illinois has options for those who have had their driver’s license suspended or revoked because of a DUI charge. All of them require the use of a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID).

What is a BAIID?

An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer installed in your vehicle that requires you to blow into it before you can start the automobile. The device measures your BAC and does not allow your vehicle to start if you register at .025 or higher. During your trip, you have to blow into the device randomly to ensure you are sober the entire time. The device also records all activity, to which the Secretary of State’s Office has remote access. Every 60 days, the Office downloads the information and requests an explanation for any violations recorded. If your explanation does not cut it, or you do not provide an explanation at all, you could face consequences. An additional three months per violation might be added to your suspension time, or you could lose your driving permit altogether.

Driving Permits and BAIIDs

If your license was revoked because of a statutory summary suspension, you can apply for either a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) or Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). The type you apply for depends on the kind of charges you face relating to your DUI. Typically, first-time DUI offenders will qualify for the MDDP, which allows unlimited driving access during your statutory summary suspension. Those not eligible for the MDDP must prove a hardship exists in order to qualify for the RDP. Both driving permits require the installation and use of a BAIID.

What to Do if Your Driver's License is Suspended

Driving is a privilege that many people take for granted. We often do not realize how important it is until it is gone. Getting around can be difficult if you are not able to drive, but a Will County driver’s license reinstatement attorney can help you get back on the road. Even if full reinstatement of your driver’s license is not possible, the Law Office of Patricia Magana, LLC can help you apply for a MDDP or a RDP. To get yourself back in the driver’s seat, contact our office today at 630-448-2001. Se Habla Español.




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