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Are there options to retain your driving privileges after a DUI?

A DUI traffic stop often leads to driver’s license suspension. And not having a license makes it difficult for you to drive to work or transport family members or loved ones that rely on you.

Thankfully, Illinois residents who lose their driving privileges due to a DUI charge or refusing to take a chemical or breath test, may be able to drive under a specific set of conditions with a temporary permit.

Monitoring device driving permit

Drivers facing their first DUI charge or first DUI charge in five years can apply for a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP). There are essentially two stipulations that these drivers need to meet. First, they will have to wait 30 days into their license suspension period to qualify for an MDDP. Secondly, they will have to install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID).

Having a BAIID means a driver will have to blow into a breathalyzer device before each drive. If their blood alcohol content is low enough, then their car will start. But if it’s too high, then the car won’t start. To prevent drivers from having sober individuals help them start their car, a camera unit is also installed as part of the BAIID and a photograph is taken each time the driver uses the BAIID.

Restricted driving permit

There is also a way for drivers with more than one DUI charge to seek temporary driving rights. Those who have two or three DUI convictions or refused to take chemical tests after one or two DUI arrests, can apply for a restricted driving permit (RDP) or hardship license. With an RDP, drivers will also have to install and use a BAIID. And, unlike an MPPD, and RDP usually only allows drivers to drive during specific times. In fact, as part of the application process, drivers must appeal for a hardship license in front of a hearing officer. They must also supply proof that they need to drive to go to work, go to school, receive medical care, meet with a support group, attend court-ordered community service or take a child or elder person to day care.

After your license suspension period, you can begin the driver’s license reinstatement process. To be sure there is no lag in any portion of regaining driving privileges you deserve, a criminal defense attorney can help you through the legal ins and outs.