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When do I need to install an ignition interlock device?

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2021 | Dui Charges

Receiving a DUI conviction can upend your life. You may lose your driving privileges, perhaps for a prolonged period of time. In certain circumstances, the state will grant you the privilege of driving again if you install a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device.

If you know a court will likely convict you of a DUI, you should prepare the necessary steps to acquire a BAIID so you can start driving again as soon as possible. The state’s secretary of state website explains different situations in which you may need a BAIID.

First-time offenders

If you have received a DUI conviction for the first time, you may be eligible to drive again during your statutory summary suspension, but to do so, you must obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit. With this permit, the state’s secretary of state office will facilitate the installation of a BAIID on your vehicle. You may drive as long as you have the BAIID in operation on your automobile.

Keep in mind that the state will charge you with a Class 4 felony if you decide to drive during your suspension period without having attained an MDDP and a BAIID. So going through the effort of acquiring an interlock device may spare you from serious legal trouble.

Multiple DUI offenses

Some Illinois drivers acquire one or more DUI offenses after their first conviction. Subsequent offenses could cause you to lose your license for a longer period of time. You may also incur multiple statutory summary suspensions from different DUI arrests that had occurred close to one another.

You may require a Restricted Driving Permit if you are to get back behind the wheel. An RDP allows you to drive for specific purposes. But along with an RDP, you will also need a BAIID installed in any vehicle you own. To get your full driving privileges back, you may need to drive with an interlock device for a period of five years.