Illinois is notorious for its strict drunk driving laws. In fact, the state is one of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) top-rated states for DUI enforcement. Now they are incorporating a new sobriety program that lets drivers keep their license while on probation. Appealing as that might sound, there are some critical elements to the program that defendants should be aware of before taking a plea bargain.
More on the New Sobriety Program
DUI conviction – be it the first or fifth – typically results in a suspension or revocation of a driver’s license. Some are eligible for a special license that allows them to drive with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID), but not all. The new program, which is still in the testing phase, permits the driver to keep their license during their probation – but it comes at a cost. The driver must agree to random and routine breathalyzer tests throughout the day, even when they are at work, home, or in a social setting.
Testing is done through the individual’s smartphone. They must blow into the attached device, have their photo taken, and register below a specified BAC limit during each test. Failure to do so results in more than just loss of a license; it is also considered an automatic conviction. The reason? By agreeing to complete the program, one is admitting their guilt, so the prosecuting department does not have to negotiate any further. Instead, they can simply enter the DUI case as a conviction and remove the driver from the program.
Is the Program Right for You?
The purported purpose of the program is to help habitual DUI drivers stay sober; many do suffer from alcoholism and may struggle to maintain sobriety. However, it is a highly intrusive program that follows the individual throughout every aspect of their lives. Furthermore, the immediate conviction for the failure of a test is something that every individual should consider carefully before taking the plea deal. At the very least, they should discuss their options (and the potential consequences) with an experienced DUI defense lawyer.
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