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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.

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerIn the state of Illinois, even first-time DUI offenders are at risk for a suspension of their driving privileges. Some are able to regain restricted driving privileges through a Monitoring Device Driving Permit, or a Restricted Driving Permit. Both options require the installation of a BAIID (Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device) on the offender’s vehicle. Learn what it really means to have one of these devices in your vehicle, and how you may be able to avoid the consequences of a DUI conviction.

What is a BAIID and How Does It Work?

A BAIID is basically a breathalyzer for your car. You must blow into it each time you start your vehicle, and even as you are driving down the road. Should you fail to test below the device’s pre-set limits (.00 to .024 BAC), your vehicle will not start. If you blow three or more tests with a 0.25 or higher, then your vehicle will be locked out for 24 hours. If you blow above 0.05, then you will be flagged for a violation. Every violation, blow, and lockout is recorded and will then be detected when you take the device in for monitoring (required every 30 days, or sooner if you are locked out of your vehicle).

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Arlington Heights DUI defense attorney, BAIID program, Class 4 felony, driving suspension, DUI arrest, DUI offender, DUI offense, Illinois BAIID programThe cost of a DUI arrest often begins even before the first court date for the criminal charge. If a person fails sobriety testing or refuses to submit to testing during an arrest, there is an automatic suspension of driving privileges. A first-time offender who has failed chemical testing faces a six-month suspension and a refusal to submit to testing results in an automatic 12-month driving suspension. Either of these can cause serious hardship for those who rely on driving as their transportation to and from work and other daily activities.

First-time DUI offenders in Illinois who are eligible for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) can opt to register for a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). If approved, the BAIID is installed and monitored by the Secretary of State’s office and will provide temporary driving relief during the suspended period.

By acquiring both a MDDP and BAIID, the registrant is allowed to drive at any time as long as it is in the vehicle with the installed equipment. Participants in the program are subject to average monthly fees of over one hundred dollars made payable to both the BAIID vendor and the Secretary of State’s Office. The following list of vendors are certified by the state of Illinois:

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