If arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the state of Illinois, you face a period of statutory summary suspension of your privilege to drive. If you have otherwise valid privileges and have not been found guilty or suspended for a DUI within the past five years, you also are likely eligible for an MDDP or Monitoring Device Driving Permit. This requires you to have a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) installed on your vehicle.
The attorneys at Fagan, Fagan & Davis focus on Illinois DUI legal defense at courthouses in Cook County, Lake County and DuPage County. The attorneys at Fagan, Fagan & Davis can provide an experienced DUI defense and help explain your options.
An MDDP and the installation of a BAIID allow an eligible motorist to drive anywhere at anytime as long as they are driving a vehicle that has a BAIID installed. The secretary of state's office monitors the BAIID throughout the duration of the permit and the device will issue an alert if the driver attempts to drive under the influence or tampers with the device.
You may decide not to seek an MDDP or the installation of a BAIID by choosing to refrain from driving during any period of suspension. If you choose not to participate in this DUI driving relief program and are caught driving a vehicle without a BAIID during the suspension period, you face Class 4 felony charges for Driving While Suspended based on the DUI suspension. A driving while suspended charge is very easy to prove. Likewise, if you participate in the MDDP program and are caught driving a vehicle without an installed BAIID as required, you also face Class 4 felony charges.
There are indeed some costs associated with an MDDP and the installation and rent for a BAIID, but these costs are typically much lower than most people imagine.
The attorneys at Fagan, Fagan & Davis have defended countless clients against DUI charges throughout the Chicago area courts, including those located in Cook County, DuPage County and Lake County. The attorneys at Fagan, Fagan & Davis understand which defense strategies are the most effective in court and how to challenge evidence gathered by law enforcement and offered by the prosecution. Contact us now for a free consultation.