After being convicted of a DUI, it is common to feel helpless or depressed. For many people convicted of driving under the influence, the hardest post-conviction adjustment is living without driving privileges. Fortunately, for many convicted drivers, it is possible to regain your driving privileges. Below we will examine some forms of licensing you can secure after a DUI conviction, and the steps you need to take to regain your driving privileges.
Types of Restricted Licenses
In 2019, 91% of drivers arrested for driving under the influence in the state of Illinois lost their driving privileges. Fortunately, a suspension or revocation does not mean that the person will be unable to drive.
A first-time DUI offender can obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). In order to obtain the MDDP, the driver must go through the Secretary of State’s office. Once the MDDP has been obtained, the driver must install a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). In short, the BAIID will test the driver’s blood alcohol content before allowing the vehicle to start. If the driver installs the system, they will be permitted to drive without restrictions. That being said, if a driver with an MDDP is caught driving in a vehicle without a BAIID registered to them, they will face potential felony charges.
In other instances, such as a person who has been convicted of multiple DUIs, a person can apply for a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). It is important to note that an RDP also requires a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device. In order to obtain an RDP, the driver must provide a professional drug or alcohol evaluation. An RDP will then allow a driver to drive to places such as work, the grocery store, or to a child’s school. For more information on how you can regain your driving privileges, speak with a knowledgeable reinstatement attorney.
Contact a Naperville DUI Defense Attorney
Attorney Patricia Magaña understands how drastically a DUI conviction can change a person’s life. Because of this, she will do everything in her power to help her clients avoid convictions. If a conviction is unavoidable, she is ready and willing to guide you through the steps toward regaining your driving privileges. A life without the ability to drive is a life without essential freedoms, let us help you. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a skilled DuPage County license reinstatement lawyer, call us today at 630-448-2001.