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Hardship Permit After Illinois DUI License Suspension

Illinois DUI Law and a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP)

Under Illinois law, a first-time DUI and some second DUI offenses may qualify for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP), often called a hardship permit. MDDP driving permits are expensive and come with many strings attached. The best scenario is to avoid license suspension in the first place.

This is where the skilled attorneys of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd. come in. We know how to fight a DUI and how to fight suspension, and we also have a high rate of success in Secretary of State hearings to restore licenses revoked for DUI. We provide DUI and license defense throughout DuPage County.

Illinois Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP)

Unlike "work permits" in other states that restrict when and where you can drive, the MDDP allows you to drive anywhere, day or night. To get an MDDP hardship permit you must agree to be monitored by one of the following:

  • BAIID (ignition interlock) — The Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device, similar to a Breathalyzer, is installed on your steering wheel to prevent you from driving after drinking. Your car will not start if the BAIID detects alcohol AND violations are reported electronically to the Secretary of State.
  • SCRAM (ankle bracelet) — The Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor is worn on your body 24 hours a day to prevent any consumption of alcohol (whether or not you are driving). It detects alcohol in your perspiration and reports any violations to the state.

The hardship permit is not available to drivers who: refused a breath test, are under age 18, had a DUI conviction in the last five years, or ever caused a DUI-related serious injury or death. If an MDDP is granted, you cannot drive at all for the first 30 days.

The MDDP has its purposes. Number one, it allows you to get to work and to drive as any other citizen. It can also be a bargaining chip to avoid jail time, reduce criminal charges, rescind license suspension or demonstrate to the court or the Secretary of State that you are refraining from alcohol use.

DUI Defense Lawyers Who Make the MDDP Unnecessary

If we prevail in the civil proceedings and beat your license suspension:

  • You avoid the hassles and high costs of BAIID or SCRAM.
  • You do not need a special permit.
  • You avoid the license reinstatement process.
  • The suspension is removed from your record.

Our lawyers know the DUI laws and effective defenses. For a free and confidential consultation, call the law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd. toll free at 1-877-335-6693 or contact us online. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.  Serving Naperville, Wheaton, West Chicago, Downers Grove, Addison, Lombard and all of DuPage County.