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Naperville DUI Defense Attorneys for BAIID and MDDP Programs

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DuPage County DUI Lawyers Assisting with Ignition Interlock Devices and Monitoring Device Driving Permits

Drunk driving is a serious criminal offense in the state of Illinois that can result in significant legal consequences, including the loss of your driver's license. Being unable to drive can make life very difficult and may even threaten your ability to get to work or school. Even if public transportation is an option, trips that normally would take a few minutes can get significantly longer. Furthermore, if you ignore your driver's license suspension after a DUI and continue to drive, you are simply asking for more legal trouble.

Fortunately, some DUI offenders may have an option. Illinois law allows most first-time DUI offenders to obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) that allows them to drive vehicles that are fitted with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). However, not all first-time offenders are eligible to participate in the program, and participation in the program has some significant out-of-pocket costs.

MDDP Eligibility Facts

  • Individuals who are under 18 cannot get an MDDP.
  • For the purposes of obtaining an MDDP, a "first-time offender" is defined as a person who has not been convicted of a DUI or assigned court-ordered supervision for DUI in Illinois, has not been convicted of drunk driving in another state within the past five years, and has not received a previous statutory suspension.
  • Drunk drivers who were driving on an invalid license or who injured another person while driving drunk cannot obtain an MDDP.
  • Commercial vehicle drivers can get an MDDP to operate a non-commercial vehicle, but may not operate a commercial vehicle.

How Does a BAIID Work?

A BAIID is a device, much like a breathalyzer, that requires a breath sample before the car to which it is installed will start. If the breath sample provided has a blood-alcohol content of .025 or more, the car will not start. The device also requires the driver to provide a breath sample at random intervals throughout the trip.

Call a Naperville DUI Defense Lawyer Today

If you have been accused of drunk driving in Illinois, you should do everything you can to preserve your ability to legally drive. The attorneys of Roscich & Martel Law Firm, LLC, are committed to assisting people with legal issues relating to BAIID and MDDP in DuPage County, Kendall County, Kane County, and Will County, Illinois. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 630-355-5222 or contact us online.

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