Ignition Interlock Devices After Illinois DUI

St. Charles DUI Lawyer

In the state of Illinois, a DUI arrest is enough for the Secretary of State’s office to automatically suspend your driver’s license. If you fail a blood-alcohol chemical test, your license can be suspended for at least six months. If you refuse to take a blood-alcohol concentration test, your license may be suspended for at least one year. This suspension is called a statutory summary suspension and is separate from any suspensions or revocations that may result from a criminal trial.

Losing your driving privileges can be difficult, especially when you rely on your driver’s license to get to and from work or school, or to simply complete everyday tasks. Thankfully, Illinois has a few options for people who have had their driver’s license suspended or revoked. Both types of driving permits require the use and installation of a breath-alcohol ignition interlock device or BAIID.

What is a BAIID?

A breath-alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) is a small, portable piece of equipment that functions as a breathalyzer, but one that is hardwired into your vehicle’s ignition. Before you are able to start your vehicle, you are required to blow into the BAIID. If the device registers your blood-alcohol content as being greater than .025, the vehicle will not start. Anything below that, the vehicle will start. Periodically throughout the trip, the device will require you to blow into it to ensure you are sober for the entire time you are driving.

The device will record all of your actions, which the Secretary of State’s office has access to. Every 60 days, the office will download the information and any failures of compliance must be explained or you could face permit revocation. 

BAIID and Driving Permits

If you have had your driver’s license suspended due to a DUI, you can apply to get a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP) or a restricted driving permit (RDP). The type of permit you can receive entirely depends on the circumstances surrounding your DUI case or history. Typically, a first-time DUI offender can apply to receive an MDDP, while other DUI offenders must prove the need for an RDP. Both permits require the installation and use of a BAIID.

A Naperville DUI Defense Lawyer Can Help

Illinois aggressively prosecutes DUI cases. If you are facing a DUI charge, you need help from a St. Charles DUI defense attorney right away. At Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC, we can help you form a solid defense against any DUI charge and preserve your driving privileges. Call our office today at 630-232-1780 to schedule a free consultation.