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Will I Have to Get a Breath Interlock Ignition Device for a DUI in Illinois?

Posted on in DUI Defense

IL DUI lawyerBreath interlock ignition devices connect to a car, truck, van, or other vehicle and control the vehicle’s ignition switch. In order for the ignition to engage and the vehicle to start normally, the driver must submit a breath sample into the mouthpiece of the device by blowing into it. The device analyzes the driver’s breath for alcohol. If the device registers any more than a negligible amount of alcohol on the driver’s breath, the car will not start. If the breath sample contains no alcohol, the car starts normally. Read on to learn about how Breath Alcohol Interlock Ignition Devices (BAIIDs) are used in Illinois and whether you will be requested to get a BAIID installed on your car after an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

When Is a BAIID Required in Illinois?

If you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in Illinois, and you fail a breath test such as a Breathalyzer, your driver’s license is automatically suspended for six months. If you refuse to take the Breathalyzer, your license is suspended for a year. Once your license is suspended, it becomes unlawful for you to drive any vehicle for any reason. At this point, you have two options: You can refrain from driving until the suspension period is over or you can ask for driving relief through a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP).

Adult drivers who have not previously received a statutory summary suspension or been convicted of DUI may be able to regain driving privileges through an MDDP. To get an MDDP and regain your ability to drive, you must have a BAIID installed on your car. You will have to submit an alcohol-free breath sample anytime you want to start your car. You will have to submit additional breath samples while you are driving intermittently. The MDDP only allows you to drive in the vehicle containing the BAIID. You are prohibited from driving a vehicle without a BAIID.

A Breath Ignition Interlock Device is also required for a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). This permit allows qualifying individuals with multiple DUI arrests or convictions to regain partial driving privileges. For example, an RDP may allow you to travel to your child’s school, your workplace, and your home, but not other locations.

Contact a Cook County DUI Defense Lawyer

If you were arrested for DUI in Illinois, contact Luisi Legal Group for legal support. Our Chicago DUI defense attorneys can advise you of your legal options and help you choose the best course of action moving forward. We can help you build a robust defense case against DUI charges. Call 773-276-5541 for a free consultation.




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