Driving with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device After a DUI Conviction – What You Should Know

 Posted on March 20,2017 in DUI

Illinois DUI defense lawyerWhile it is far better to fight a DUI before conviction, not everyone is aware that they can and should do so. Thankfully, some individuals may still be eligible to drive with the installation of a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID). Learn more about driving with the BAIID (and what it entails) with help from the following information. 

About the BAIID Driving Option

Upon conviction of a DUI, the license of a driver is suspended. The individual then has two choices: refrain from driving until the suspension has expired or obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) to become eligible for the BAIID driving option. Continuing to drive and not adhering to either of these options can result in additional criminal charges (a Class 4 felony). This applies, even if the individual is not intoxicated at the time they are caught driving.

If you do not have any previous DUI convictions on your record, you may only need the MDDP and BAIID to drive. Those with previous convictions will need to meet additional requirements. More specifically, those with subsequent DUI convictions who wish to exercise the BAIID driving option must also obtain a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). This allows the individual to drive under certain restrictions (i.e. only to work, only during certain hours, etc.). The BAIID must also be installed on all vehicles registered to the holder of the RDP for at least five years.

Driving with a BAIID

When you have a BAIID installed in your vehicle, you must blow into the device each time you start your automobile, and periodically while driving. A single failure will keep your vehicle from starting, and you will have to wait until the specified time period before attempting to drive again. Multiple fails, tampering with the BAIID, or otherwise attempting to fool the system will prompt a notification to the Secretary of State’s office. This can result in consequences. The device must also be read and calibrated at regular intervals if the driver wishes to remain eligible under the BAIID driving program.

Fighting a Conviction Before It Happens

If you or someone you love has been charged with a DUI, fight back before the conviction. Contact Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law, and obtain the representation you need. Dedicated and experienced, our Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyer will protect your rights and aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible for your case. Schedule your consultation by calling 847-253-3400 today.


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