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The Penalties for Violating Driving Restrictions After DUIMillions of Americans lose their driving privileges every year. A driver can lose their driving privileges for a number of reasons, but the most common cause is a DUI conviction. While a DUI conviction will likely lead to a license suspension, it does not mean that the person will necessarily be unable to drive. There are a number of ways in which a person can regain their driving privileges after a DUI conviction, including a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) and a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). While both MDDPs and RDPs can represent great options for DUI offenders to regain their ability to drive, it is important to understand the legal consequences of breaking the rules and regulations of both permits. Below we will discuss the legal ramifications of illegally driving with a suspended license

The Legal Ramifications

First and foremost, if a driver with a suspended license does not take the necessary steps to gain a permit such as those mentioned above, they are not permitted to drive in any scenario. If they are apprehended while driving, they will likely be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and face fines as high as $2,500. While those consequences seem severe, the legal consequences of breaking the rules of an MDDP or RDP come with significant and potentially life-changing ramifications.

An MDDP will allow a driver to drive freely as long as their vehicle is equipped with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). That being said, if the driver is apprehended while driving a vehicle without a BAIID, they will face a Class 4 felony charge. A driver with two or more intoxicated driving offenses can apply for an RDP, which essentially allows a driver to drive to and from critical locations such as work, the grocery store, and their child’s school. Breaking the well-documented rules of the RDP will lead to loss of the permit and potential jail-time. For more information on suspensions, reinstatement, and your permit options, speak with a knowledgeable attorney today. 

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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. 

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Illinois DUI attorneyThere have been far too many times where an evening of social gathering, fun, and laughter has turned into a night behind bars, as a result of drinking and driving. While the overall consumption of alcohol is not usually a cause for concern, drinking and then going behind the wheel is very problematic. During the period of statutory summary suspension, the offender may be able to obtain two different types of driving permits under strict supervision.

Monitoring Device Driving Permit

A first-time DUI offender who has not received a previous statutory summary suspension within five years, nor has been charged with drinking and driving in Illinois or in another state within five years, may be eligible for the Monitoring Device Driving Permit, or MDDP. The offender must have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device, or BAIID, installed in his or her vehicle.

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