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DUI in Illinois – the MDDP and BAIID device

Even if your Illinois license is suspended for DUI, you might still drive with the MDDP and BAIID

You’ve been arrested for DUI in Illinois – and along with a criminal case, your license has been suspended. Depending on if you submitted to a breath (blow) or blood test, or if you refused, your license could be suspended for between six and 12 months. If your depend on your car for work, child care, or school, you could be looking at a serious problem, and driving on a suspended or revoked license is against the law. So, if this is your first DUI arrest (also known as a “first-time offender”), what are your options?   Of course, any good Illinois DUI lawyer will attempt to challenge your summary suspension by filing a Petition to Rescind the Statutory Summary Suspension. But if your summary suspension is not rescinded and your license remains in place, you may be eligible for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP in Illinois) after you have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device, or BAIID, installed on your car. A breath interlock device is a device that requires the driver to blow into a machine which measures the breath alcohol content of that person before unlocking the ignition in the car, thus allowing the car to start. In simpler terms, the BAIID device measures your breath alcohol content, and if you pass, you can start your car and continue driving – even while you are fighting your summary suspension and criminal case. 640px-Guardian_Interlock_AMS2000_1 To qualify for a MDDP, a driver must:   A person who has any of the following do not qualify for a MDDP:   Additionally, a commercial driver’s license (CDL) driver may be eligible for a MDDP device for a noncommercial vehicle, but they are not allowed to drive or operate a commercial vehicle.

How do I get a MDDP and BAIID device?

  In most cases, the Secretary of State will send an eligible driver a MDDP application in the mail after your arrest for DUI and subsequent summary suspension of your driving privileges. You must complete the application and return it to the Secretary of State’s office. The MDDP program application and terms and conditions can also be found online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/baiidpub.html.   If you qualify for a MDDP and can pay the required fees, the Secretary of State will issue you a MDDP. Once it is issued, you will have two weeks – 14 days – to have a BAIID device installed on any and all vehicles you may drive during the period of your summary suspension. You are required to contact an approved vendor, pay the installation and monthly monitoring fees.

So how much does the MDDP and BAIID cost?

  The biggest drawback of the MDDP and the BAIID device for many people is the monthly cost it entails, although compared to the possible penalties of being convicted of driving on a suspended or revoked license, the cost truly isn’t that much. On average, the Illinois Secretary of State estimated the fees as follows:   Although these fees can be prohibitive for some drivers, if your life depends on you being able to drive and operate a motor vehicle, the BAIID device is something you need to consider. The DUI lawyers at the Law Offices of Joshua Kutnick have extensive experience in all aspects of DUI law, including the statutory summary suspension and BAIID device. Contact us today for a free consultation if you’ve been arrested for DUI so that we can explain to you your rights and help work on your behalf.

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