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BAIID, DUI, Illinois DUI lawyerDid you know that if you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI), your driving privileges will be suspended, regardless of the outcome of the case? For a first-time offender, your license is automatically suspended for six months if you fail a blood-alcohol content (BAC) test, and 12 months if you refuse such a test. In addition, the Illinois Office of the Secretary of State can revoke your license until the conclusion of your case and beyond, depending on the final disposition. During your suspension, however, there may be measures of relief available to you that allow you to continue legally driving to work or school, and to provide for your family.

The most commonly used avenue of relief in Illinois is the Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) Program. To qualify for the BAIID program, an offender is required to file an application with the Office of the Secretary of State to obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit, or MDDP. This permit allows a first-time DUI offender the opportunity to retain driving privileges during the statutory suspension of his or her license. Participation in the program is not mandatory, but declining the MDDP completely prohibits an offender from driving for the duration of his or her suspension.

With an MDDP, an offender may drive his or her vehicle after installation of a BAAID. Installation of such a device is handled through the Office of the Secretary of State and its use will be monitored by the office as well. The offender is responsible for all costs associated with the installation and operation of the device. Any offender found driving another vehicle without a BAIID is subject to criminal prosecution.


DUI arrest, DUI conviction, Illinois criminal defense lawyer, Chicago criminal attorneyPolice administration of Breathalyzer tests is standard procedure in driving under the influence (DUI) arrests. Illinois law makes it unlawful for a driver to operate a motor vehicle if his or her blood-alcohol level is 0.08 or higher. A Breathalyzer test, properly admitted into evidence before a judge, can prove that a driver exceeded this legal limit.

It is important to understand “drunk driving” is not limited to passing or failing a Breathalyzer test. The law prohibits a person from driving “under the influence of alcohol.” This influence may be observed by police, or even other drivers, and does not necessarily require a blood-alcohol test.

Challenging a Breathalyzer Test

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