If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Illinois, you are facing serious consequences, including to your driving privileges. While even a first-time DUI conviction will result in your license being suspended for at least one year, it is possible to regain limited legal access to drive. It is essential to work with an attorney who has experience needed to help you navigate the legal process.
Illinois Consequences for a First-Time DUI
If it is the first time that you have been arrested and convicted of DUI, you may be able to regain driving privileges while your license is suspended through a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). You will be required to install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) on any vehicle which you drive. Before you drive, you must blow into the device to test if there is any alcohol in your breath. The device will also take a picture to confirm that you are the one who is using the device. If you are below the legal limit for alcohol, you will be able to start the vehicle. Under a MDDP, there is no restriction on when and where you can drive, as long as you have tested negative for alcohol with the BAIID. Without a MDDP, you may not drive while your license is suspended.
Further Restrictions for Additional DUIs
You are not eligible for a MDDP if you have two or more DUI convictions. However, you may be able to receive a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP), which would allow you to drive to and from work, necessary errands including driving children to and from school, and other necessary purposes. You will have to use the BAIID for five years and also receive an alcohol or drug evaluation. This may lead to a mandated enrollment in a substance abuse treatment program.
A BAIID is mandated:
- If you have an RDP after two or more DUIs or reckless homicide convictions.
- If you have an RDP with one DUI or reckless homicide and a Statutory Summary Suspension
- If you have two or more DUIs, which will result in a revoked license.
Contact a Kane County DUI Defense Lawyer
If you are facing charges for DUI, the experienced Aurora criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola will represent you, help to fight the charges, and work to get you driving legally again. Call us today at 847-488-0889 to arrange your free consultation.