Ignition Interlock Device

man blowing into a breathalyzer in a a car

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An ignition interlock device acts similarly to a breath test device. It is installed in a driver’s vehicle and requires a “clean” blood sample in order for the car to start. It also requires additional samples while the vehicle is in use, in order to avoid a driver using someone else to blow into the device and then get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Installation is required for 12 months and the driver must also pay a BAIID fee of $240 to the Office of the Secretary.

Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) Program

In 1998, the Illinois General Assembly made permanent a 1994 pilot program requiring the mandatory installation of a breath alcohol ignition interlock device as a condition of receiving a Restricted Driving Permit for drivers with records.

Such records include:

  • Two or three convictions for DUI, with no time limit between these offenses; or
  • Two Statutory Summary Suspensions as a result of two DUI arrests within 10 years; or
  • One conviction for DUI and one Statutory Summary Suspension from a separate DUI arrest within 10 years.

Work with an experienced DUI lawyer!

The mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, paid for by the driver, is only one of the many consequences that a driver may face after a DUI arrest or conviction. Working with an experienced attorney is one of the most important things you can do to address an arrest or formal charges for drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs.

In addition to an ignition interlock device under the Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) Program, you may face:

  • jail time
  • heavy fines
  • community service
  • driver’s license suspension

You need a lawyer who can protect your interests at any stage of your case. Contact my firm today to consult a Chicago criminal defense lawyer for help evading serious drunk driving penalties.

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