Wheaton DUI Defense Attorneys
Monitoring Device Driving Permits and Blood Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices in DuPage County
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious charge and one that can have a dramatic impact on your life and livelihood. For many people, the ability to get to work, attend school, and care for children and loved ones is directly dependent on keeping their driving privileges. A conviction on DUI charges carries a mandatory suspension of an individual’s driver’s license, as does the refusal or failure of a chemical test for blood alcohol content (BAC). Continuing to drive with a suspended or revoked license without state authorization will only add to your problems. Fortunately, the state of Illinois has introduced a number of programs aimed at getting drivers back on the road safely and legally while their license is suspended. At the Davi Law Group, we can help you determine your eligibility for such programs and get you back to your life quickly, with minimal negative impact.
Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP)
First-time DUI offenders in Illinois are typically eligible to obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit, or MDDP, which allows unlimited driving the statutory summary suspension of driving privileges. To be eligible a driver must:
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Have not received a previous statutory summary suspension in the last five years, been convicted of or assigned court supervision for DUI in Illinois, or convicted of DUI in another state in the last five years;
- Have a valid driver’s license; and
- Have not have been arrested for DUI related to great bodily harm or death, or previously convicted of reckless homicide or aggravated DUI resulting in a death.
A first-time offender is usually eligible for driving relief with an MDDP beginning on the 31st day of the statutory summary suspension. The driver agrees to drive only a vehicle equipped with a Blood Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) and is responsible for installation and maintenance fees. If the need exists to drive another vehicle, such as an employer-owned vehicle, case-by-case exemptions are possible.
Blood Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID)
Drivers who obtain an MDPP are required to have a Blood Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed on any vehicle they wish to drive. The BAIID, when implemented, prevents the vehicle from being started when the driver’s estimated BAC exceeds a certain limit, usually .025 percent. Three readings of .05 or higher within 30 minutes will render the vehicle inoperable for 24 hours. The driver is responsible for all costs associated with the use of the BAIID.
In addition to first-time offenders, a BAIID is also required as a condition of a Restricted Driving Permit for repeat DUI offenders. Recent law changes have extended the BAIID requirement for repeat offenders to up to five years or more before full restoration of driving privileges will be considered.
Compassionate Legal Counsel for DUI Defense
At the Davi Law Group, our attorneys realize that every case is different and we are prepared to take a customized approach to your situation. We will help you find the best solution for you and your family, while working within the law to legally restore your rights and privileges.
If your license has been suspended and you are facing first-time DUI charges, contact our office. You have the opportunity to meet with one of our experienced DUI defense lawyers and discuss your options. Call 630-580-6373 today to schedule your confidential consultation at one of our four convenient office locations. Financing options are available. We proudly serve the entire Chicagoland region, representing clients in Cook, Will, Kendall, Kane, and DuPage Counties.