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BAIID, Elgin Criminal Defense AttorneyMost people who decide to get behind the wheel after drinking usually realize that what they are doing is illegal and dangerous. Awareness regarding the danger and irresponsibility of drunk driving has steadily increased since the early 1990s when many states began to launch serious campaigns to deter drunk drivers. Around the same time, police departments across the country focused their efforts on cracking down on drunk driving offenses.

Unfortunately, however, the problem of driving under the influence has not, in any real way, been eradicated. The numbers, in fact, tend to fluctuate with no discernable pattern from one year to the next. In 2012, for example, there was a significant increase in the number of fatalities resulting from drunk driving, that after 2011 when the death toll fell below 10,000 for the first time.

Reaction to Rising Death Numbers

That year saw a 3.3 percent increase in fatalities, causing some activists to call for ignition interlock devices to be installed in the car of every convicted drunk driver across the country. In Illinois, a person convicted of drunk driving may apply for driving relief during the period of statutory license suspension and choose to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed in his/her vehicle. If a person convicted of drunk driving qualifies for the program and has the BAIID installed in his vehicle, there are no other stipulations regarding his driving rights. He or she may drive anywhere at any time and is allowed to travel, even interstate, providing that the BAIID is installed and functioning properly.

It is important to note that the state of Illinois does not force all convicted drunk drivers to install the BAIID. An offender may elect to simply not drive during the mandatory suspension period. However, if the person is then caught driving during the suspension he or she may be charged with a Class 4 felony, regardless of whether alcohol was again involved. The penalties for driving without an ignition interlock device during the period of license suspension include possible imprisonment of one to three years, a minimum of 30 days in jail or 300 hours of community service, and fines as high as $25,000.

Facing DUI Charges?

If you or a member of your family has been accused of drunk driving, seek legal help immediately. Contact an experienced DUI defense attorney in Kane County to discuss your case and your available options. Call 847-488-0889 to schedule your free consultation at The The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola today.

Sources:

http://www.madd.org/blog/2013/november/2012-fatality-data.html

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/BAIID/baiid.html

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BAIID, Elgin DUI defense attorneyA charge of driving under the influence (DUI) is always serious. The impact to your life can be tremendous, even if you are able to avoid a conviction, as you may still need to contend with financial penalties, diversionary programs, and the suspension of driving privileges. A conviction, of course, will result in additional consequences, including possible jail time. For a second or third DUI conviction, the penalties are even more severe. Getting back on the road following a second or third DUI can be particularly challenging, but a recent law change clarifies some of the requirements for getting your driving privileges restored.

Five Years of Restriction

According to the law in Illinois, a person who has been convicted of a second DUI charge within 20 years will have his or her driving privileges revoked for a minimum of five years. A third conviction results in a revocation of driving privileges for at least ten years. To have driving privileges restored, an offender must apply for reinstatement with the Secretary of State’s office. In the past, the criteria for license restoration was relatively subjective, and each case was handled on individual basis.

Beginning this year, however, the new law requires a person convicted of a second or third DUI to obtain a restricted driving permit and install a breath-alcohol ignition interlock device, or BAIID, on his or her vehicle for at least five years before reinstatement will be considered. While other individual factors will be taken into account, full restoration requires driving for at least five years with the BAIID.

Preventing Future Drunk Driving

When a BAIID is installed on your vehicle, you will be required to blow into the device before your vehicle will start. If the BAIID detects alcohol on your breath in excess of a predetermined standard, you will not be able to operate your car. In Illinois, a BAIID must also be equipped with a camera to ensure that the person providing the sample is actually the offending driver. Violating the terms of the BAIID program will result in extended suspensions or revocations, or disqualification from the program. If you are disqualified from the BAIID program, restoring your full driving privileges could become impossible.

DUI Defense Representation

If you have a previous DUI conviction on your record and are facing new drunk driving charges, you need a lawyer who will fight to protect your rights. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Elgin to learn more about your legal options. Call 847-488-0889 for a free, initial consultation at The The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola today.

Source:

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

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