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Illinois Ignition Interlock Law

Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (BAIID)

In January 2009, Illinois became one of only six states to require first-time DUI Offenders to have Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (BAIIDs) installed on their cars. Since the state implemented the law, the number of drivers who are forced to use the BAIID has increased by 150 percent.

First-time DUI offenders who are eligible for driving relief and issued a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) are required to drive vehicles with a BAIID installed. A BAIID also is required as a condition of receiving a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) for a person who has two or three DUI convictions. With these requirements, more drivers are driving with these Illinois ignition interlock devices. And more and more people are realizing the hassles and costs involved.

It can cost as much as $1000 to have a BAIID installed and to use one on your car. And the penalties for driving without a BAIID are serious. While there has been some independent scientific testing of BAIID devices, false-positives remain a distinct possibility. Unfortunately, if a BAIID indicates a BAC above the permissible level, you will be presumed guilty until proven innocent.

As experienced DuPage County criminal defense attorneys, we use legal strategies that help our clients avoid using the BAIID at all. Our goal is to keep them from facing the serious consequences of a DUI conviction, like having to use a SCRAM ankle monitoring device.

Attorneys Who Fight for Their Clients

While there are some attorneys out there who rush their clients into pleading guilty, Mike Norris and John Callahan look at every possible chance to fight for clients. The case can often be won, leaving you without any criminal record.

We begin by getting copies of the video and audio dispatch tapes. These tapes often do not match what police officers claim happened at the scene. We also get records from chemical tests and seek out witnesses who can testify on your behalf.

Talk With an Attorney About Illinois Ignition Interlock Law

A BAIID may not be right for you. Talk to your lawyer about the alternatives — like fighting to protect your rights and prove your innocence at trial. Contact Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., today. Call us toll free at 1-877-335-6693 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.