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Wheaton IL DUI defense lawyerDriving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous. According to the Illinois Secretary of State's Office, there were over 27,000 DUI arrests in Illinois in 2017. The state takes DUI arrests very seriously which is why 91 percent of people who were arrested for DUI and were eligible, lost their driving privileges. Still, the state also recognizes that people should not have to be put through months of hardship for one mistake. This is why Illinois allows certain DUI offenders to apply for one of two types of driving permits: a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP) or a restricted driving permit (RDP).

Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP)

In order to apply for an MDDP, you must be a first-time DUI offender. This means you must not have received a statutory summary suspension in the past five years or have been convicted of a DUI in Illinois or any other state within the past five years. In addition, your DUI arrest must not have caused death or great bodily harm to another, and you must not have been previously convicted of reckless homicide or aggravated DUI that resulted in death.

While you have an MDDP, you must have a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) installed into any vehicle that you drive, though you may drive anywhere at any time once you have the permit and have the BAIID installed. 

Restricted Driving Permit (RDP)

If you are ineligible for an MDDP, you may be eligible for an RDP. In order to qualify for an RDP, you must be able to prove that hardship exists. You must also provide a current professional drug and/or alcohol evaluation and, in some cases, proof of remedial education or treatment. You must also have a BAIID installed into any vehicle you drive during the length of the permit. In addition, the have an RDP issued to you, you must attend a hearing at the Secretary of State’s Office so they can determine whether there is a threat to public safety if you were issued a permit.

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DuPage County underage DUI lawyerIn the United States, drinking is a sort of rite of passage for many teenagers, though it is illegal. One of the worst things a teenager can do when they have been drinking is get behind the wheel of a car. Driving while you are under the influence of alcohol, or any other drug for that matter, is illegal for anyone, no matter your age. For those who are under the age of 21, drinking and driving is a much more serious offense, and young offenders face harsher penalties.

Zero Tolerance Laws

Most states have developed some form of zero tolerance laws for underage DUI offenders. These laws have helped underage DUI offenses become less common, but they still happen and they are still punished accordingly.

In Illinois, if a person under the age of 21 is pulled over on suspicion of intoxicated driving and their BAC is more than .00, he or she will face penalties in alignment with the zero tolerance laws. For a first offense, driving privileges will be suspended for three months for a BAC over .00. If the offender refuses to submit to a chemical test, driving privileges are suspended for six months.

Underage DUI Penalties

If a person under the age of 21 is convicted of DUI, they will receive all of the same penalties as someone who is over the age of 21. This means that for a first offense, underage DUI offenders face up to one year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines. Since they are under the age of 21, offenders will also face a minimum of two years of driver’s license revocation and will not be eligible for a restricted driving permit (RDP) until the second year of the revocation. In addition, a judge can also order an underage DUI offender to participate in the Youthful Intoxicated Driver’s Visitation Program.

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Illinois DUI defense attorneyBeing arrested for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) can have serious criminal consequences, such as jail time and hefty fines, but did you know there are non-criminal penalties as well? These penalties, otherwise known as collateral consequences, are not imposed by the court but they can still have a significant impact on your life.

Perhaps the biggest impact is felt under the statutory summary suspension law, which states that your license may be automatically suspended if you refuse to submit a chemical test or test above the legal limit. Although this is technically a violation of your Constitutional rights, the statutory summary suspension created a loophole that enables an unlawful invasion of your privacy. It indicates that all road users give implied consent to chemical testing because they are using highways and streets that belong to and are maintained by the government. Thankfully, you can fight back against this suspension. Learn how and discover what an experienced attorney can do to help.

Statutory Summary Suspensions

Statutory summary suspensions do not cause an automatic loss of your driving privileges. Instead, you are given notice, typically at the time of your arrest. Unless you contest the statutory summary order, your suspension begins on the 46th day after receiving the notice. An experienced attorney can help you fight the suspension but act quickly! Your petition to rescind the order must be filed within 90 days of receiving notice of the suspension. Untimely petitions will not be considered by the courts.

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