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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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monitoring device driving permit, Wheaton DUI defense attorneyDriving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is considered a serious offense no matter where you live in the United States. However, in Illinois, punishments have the potential to be harsher than other states. The Illinois State Police site DUI as the cause of hundreds of deaths annually and hundreds more seriously injured and even disabled. Also with this reasoning, judges often enact strict, life-altering punishments upon conviction. With proper legal knowledge and etiquette, it is possible to receive a lesser penalty or special permissions, such as a Monitoring Device Driving Permit.

Standard Penalties

Along with a price hike in your insurance premiums, points on your license, and a mark on your record, there are additional penalties that can ensue after being formally found guilty of a DUI. For a first time conviction, these penalties include:

  • Minimum loss of driving privileges for one year;
  • Incarceration of up to one year; and
  • Fines of up to $2,500.

Your Driving Privileges Are Important!

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