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A Restricted Driving Permit Can Help You Regain Driving Privileges After a DUI

Posted on in Driver's License Reinstatement

illinois driver's license reinstatement lawyerIf you have received a license suspension or revocation for driving under the influence (DUI), you may wonder how you will get to work, the doctor’s office, and other important places. After all, you may not be able to rely on family members and friends to drive you around all the time. Driving without a valid license is a criminal offense in Illinois that can lead to significant consequences. Luckily, you may be able to regain your driving privileges through a Restricted Driving Permit.

Defining a Restricted Driving Permit

A Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) allows you to drive to certain places at particular times of the day. For example, you may be permitted to drive to and from work, AA meetings, or to pick up your children from school. In order to qualify for this permit, you have to prove that you are experiencing a hardship, such as a job that is far away from your place of residence. You also must submit to a professional drug/alcohol evaluation and treatment.

Then, you are required to pay a $50 nonrefundable filing fee and attend a hearing before an officer in the Secretary of State’s Department of Administrative Hearings. The officer will carefully assess your driving record to ensure that you will not be a danger to the public if given a permit and allowed to drive.

A Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device Will Be Required

In Illinois, individuals with multiple alcohol-related driving incidents must have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed in their vehicle to qualify for a RDP. Before you can start your vehicle, you must blow into the device to test your blood alcohol content. If your blood alcohol level is .025 or higher, you will not be able to drive your car. You also have to blow into the device at random intervals throughout your car ride.

Every two months, the Secretary of State’s office will retrieve information from your BAIID. If they find a violation, you will receive a letter asking you to explain why the violation occurred. If you fail to respond to the request or provide an insufficient explanation, your suspension may be extended or your permit may be canceled.

You will be responsible for covering all the costs associated with your BAIID, including the installation, monthly rental, and monthly monitoring fees.

Contact a Crystal Lake, IL Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer

If you need assistance obtaining an RDP, consider speaking to a McHenry County driver’s license reinstatement attorney. At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers, we have extensive experience helping individuals getting their licenses back. We understand how difficult it is to live your life without a license and want to represent you. Contact us at 779-800-2250 to schedule a free consultation. 





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