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Wheaton criminal defense attorneysIf you were caught driving under the influence of alcohol in Illinois, your driver's license may have been suspended or revoked. Without a valid driver’s license, it becomes unlawful to drive a motor vehicle. Losing your ability to drive can be a massive inconvenience. Fortunately, Illinois drivers may be able to get relief through a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) or a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). These programs allow you to get back on the road legally. There is just one catch – you must install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) in your car. Many drivers wonder, “Is there a way to cheat a BAIID?”

How a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device Works

Driving under the influence of alcohol puts the driver’s life and the lives of others at risk. Consequently, Illinois state has instituted policies to prevent drunk driving. One of these rules is the BAIID requirement. Once a BAIID is installed in your vehicle, you must successfully pass a breath alcohol test to use the vehicle. You will need to blow into the mouthpiece and submit a breath sample before starting the car. The device will instantly analyze the sample for alcohol. If the BAIID detects even a very small amount of alcohol, your car will not start. If the device does not detect alcohol on your breath, your car will start up normally. You will be prompted to submit additional breath samples by blowing in the mouthpiece as you drive.

Hacking a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device

There are many rumors about alleged methods of hacking or tricking BAIIDS. Some people say that you can hold a penny in your mouth or eat certain foods to eliminate alcohol from your breath. Others suggest brushing your teeth or using mouthwash to conceal breath alcohol. These methods do not work. In fact, most mouthwashes contain alcohol, so using mouthwash or an alcohol-containing toothpaste will only worsen your situation.

Asking a non-drinking friend to blow into the device for you will also backfire. In 2013, the Illinois Secretary of State required all BAIIDs to be equipped with a camera. The device takes a picture each time a breath sample is submitted. Driving another person’s car to avoid using the BAIID can lead to additional criminal penalties. Driving without a valid license—and a suspended or revoked license is not a valid license—is  a Class A misdemeanor punishable by jail, community service, and heavy fines. If it is your second offense, driving on a suspended or revoked license is a Class 4 felony punishable by imprisonment, feels, and an extended suspension or revocation period.

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Wheaton DWI defense attorneyLosing your driving privileges after you have been arrested or convicted of a DUI in Illinois is not a difficult task. In fact, for most people arrested for DUI, it is automatic. If you fail a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC) or you refuse to take a chemical test, your driver’s license will automatically be suspended by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. For a majority of Americans, driving is an important privilege, without which they cannot go about their daily lives. The state of Illinois understands this, which is why there are options available to you if you have had your driver’s license suspended or revoked for DUI-related reasons. All options require the use of a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID), so it is important that you understand what these devices are and how they work.

Understanding BAIIDs

A BAIID is a small breathalyzer device, roughly the size of a cell phone, that requires a breath sample before you can start your vehicle. The BAIID is wired into the ignition system in your vehicle, so it will not allow your vehicle to start unless the BAC of the breath sample you provided is less than .025. If your breath sample registers at .025 or above, your vehicle will not start and your breath sample will be recorded.

While you are driving, the device may randomly prompt you to provide another breath sample to ensure you are staying sober for the entire time you are in the car and that someone else did not perform the test for you when starting the car. The Illinois Secretary of State’s office has remote access to your BAIID and will download your activity every 60 days. If there were any violations that were recorded on the device, the Office will request an explanation of the violations. If you do not respond to the request or your explanation is not sufficient, then you could face further violations.

Will I Need a BAIID?

The short answer is yes. If your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked and you apply to get either a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP) or restricted driving permit (RDP), you will need to have a BAIID installed into any vehicle that you intend to drive during your suspension or revocation period.

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DuPage County DUI attorney, breath alcohol ignition interlock deviceIf you have been convicted of a DUI in Illinois, one of your top concerns will be when you will be able to drive again. Illinois, along with a majority of states, allows drivers convicted of DUI to drive if they install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID). 

This is a popular program. On average in Illinois, 12,000 drivers are using BAIIDs. Consider four facts about this device, and how to get one.

1. A BAIID is subject to three types of fees.

Each vendor charges its own fees, but on average a BAIID vendor charges $85 for installation. There is also a monthly rental for the device, which is usually about $80. Finally, the Illinois Secretary of State charges $30 month for monitoring. If you have been declared indigent by the court, your costs could be lower.

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