Understanding Illinois' Ignition Interlock Law

Under Illinois law, a first-time DUI offender's driving privileges are suspended for a period of time upon conviction. Certain individuals, however, might be eligible to obtain driving relief during the suspension period. Those who wish to continue driving during this time must submit an application for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) and agree to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed on their vehicle.

At Camic Johnson, Ltd., we understand how important it is for our clients to be able to drive to work, to children's activities or even to the store. This is why we fight hard to protect our clients' rights throughout their case, as well as their privilege to drive. We carefully investigate our clients' arrest report, obtain videos of the pullover, and analyze whether field sobriety or BAC tests were administered properly.

Please contact our Aurora criminal defense lawyers online today, or call 630-859-0135 to learn more about ignition interlock requirements and to schedule your initial consultation.

Ignition Interlock Device Requirement Following a DUI Arrest and Conviction

Ignition interlock devices require drivers to submit a BAC sample before their vehicle's engine will turn on. If a person's BAC registers above a certain limit — most often 0.00 — then the engine will not start. Many devices also require a person to blow many times throughout a drive. This is done to prevent a sober friend or relative from starting the car for an intoxicated person.

There are two ways that drivers could find themselves with a BAIID installed on their vehicle. The first is under the previously mentioned MDDP program, and the second is by a court order. In either situation, it is the driver's responsibility to pay all fees associated with the device, including:

  • Installation fees
  • Monthly rental fees
  • Monthly monitoring fees

If you are part of a BAIID program, it is important to always abide by its requirements. Anyone found operating a vehicle without an installed BAIID device is guilty of a Class 4 felony and could face mandatory jail time, imprisonment, community service and thousands of dollars in fines.

Contact an Experienced Drunk Driving Defense Attorney

Get the help you need today and protect your ability to drive by contacting Camic Johnson, Ltd., online today. You may also schedule an initial consultation by calling our office at 630-859-0135.

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