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Regaining Your Driving Privileges After a DUI 

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Regaining Your Driving Privileges After a DUI When a person is convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their life can be impacted in a number of ways. A conviction can result in significant fines, potential jail time, and a mark on your criminal record. Unfortunately, a conviction can also lead to loss of driving privileges. In Illinois, a first-time DUI conviction will result in a one-year license revocation period, and subsequent offenses can constitute a more significant period of revocation. Below we will explore the steps you need to take to ensure that you will still be able to legally drive after a conviction. In the event of a DUI arrest, contact a qualified attorney immediately. 

Permit Options

According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, there are two primary driving permits a person can apply for if they are convicted of DUI: 

  • A Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP); and
  • A Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). 

An MDDP is a driving permit that will enable the offender to drive to and from any location, as long as they equip their vehicle with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). A BAIID is a device that will allow the vehicle to start only after the driver blows into their device and is found to have no traces of alcohol in their system. An RDP is a driving permit that will allow the offender to drive their vehicle to and from locations that are critical to their family’s livelihood. These locations commonly include their place of work, the grocery store, or the school their children attend. 

Steps to Regaining Driving Privileges

In order to regain your driving privileges, there are a number of steps you and your attorney must take. The first step is proving whether or not you are eligible for any of the available permits. A DUI offender is ineligible for an MDDP if they have previous charges of significance, such as an Aggravated DUI charge or a Reckless Homicide Charge. A person will also be ineligible for an MDDP if they are under the age of 18 or caused significant bodily harm to any other party prior to the DUI arrest. In order to be eligible for an RDP, an offender must prove that a hardship exists (why they need access to their vehicle) and take part in a professional drug and alcohol evaluation. If you have been charged with driving under the influence and are looking to regain your driving privileges, speak with your attorney regarding your options. 

Contact an Oak Brook DUI Defense Lawyer

At McMahon Law Offices, we fully understand just how traumatic and stressful a DUI arrest can be. We also recognize the severe impacts a conviction can have on you and your family’s livelihood. Our team is determined to develop a thorough and comprehensive strategy to fight against a conviction. In cases in which a conviction is unavoidable, our team will work with you in securing a permit that will ensure that you maintain your driving privileges. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a compassionate DuPage County criminal defense attorney, call us today at 630-953-4400.  



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