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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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DUI conviction, costs, Illinois DUI defense lawyerThe cost of a drunk driving conviction can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars. The obvious expenses usually include attorneys' fees and fines, but there are numerous other costs that people do not usually consider until they find themselves with empty pockets as a result of their conviction.

Upfront Expenses

Financial obligations often start immediately after being taken into custody. In the majority of cases, law enforcement impounds the accused driver’s vehicle and it is towed to a municipal garage. The accused driver or owner of the vehicle is responsible for any and all towing and storage fees. Then there is the cost of bail or bond in order to be released from police custody.

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illinois dui lawyerReceiving a DUI conviction in Illinois can wreak havoc on your personal finances. According to CyberDrive Illinois, drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence can expect to pay more than $16,000 on average, with additional costs possible if an accident occurs and people are injured, or if a jury trial is required.

When you are arrested on a DUI charge, your vehicle will be towed and stored at a law enforcement facility. This can cost drivers as much as $250. Furthermore, drivers who are convicted can be charged a fine of up to $2,500, court costs of up to $750, and a required contribution to the trauma center fund of $100. That’s up to $3,600 in court costs alone, not including legal fees. An uncontested plea in court and a hardship driving permit will cost drivers an additional $2,000. Drivers who are required to have a BAIID device installed will pay another $100 for installation and $120 per month in rental and monitoring charges.

Drivers convicted of DUI in a case involving an accident face some significant additional charges. Compensatory damages to crash survivors can total up to $10,000, and drivers may also be required to pay up to $100,000 in medical treatment to injured parties or surviving family members in fatal crashes. Not only that, but these cases often involve a jury trial or civil proceeding, which can add another $5,000 in costs.

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