The Alphabet of Driving After a 1st DUI: MDDP, BAIID, and Getting Back on the Road

How long until I can drive again?

This is a common question from our firm’s first offender DUI clients. The hard truth is that your driver’s license will remain suspended for several months. But this dark cloud has a silver lining: many 1st offenders still qualify to drive during their suspension. Illinois’ Monitoring Device Driving Permit (“MDDP”) program allows eligible first offenders to drive with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (“BAIID”) installed in their vehicle. I will help explain the permit process and offer you a discount on BAIID installation.

Do I Qualify for a MDDP?

In Illinois, a first offender is a driver who hasn’t had a previous statutory summary suspension, hasn’t previously been convicted of DUI or assigned court supervision for DUI in Illinois, and hasn’t been convicted of a DUI in another state within five years. If you fit this profile, you’re eligible for a MDDP unless your license is otherwise invalid, if death or great bodily harm resulted from your DUI, or if you’ve previously been convicted of reckless homicide or aggravated DUI that resulted in a death.

Contact Me for a Discount on BAIID Installation

Our firm strives to streamline this process by directing you to a certified BAIID vendor we trust that offers a discount on installation fees to our clients. Once you are issued a MDDP, you will have 14 days to have a BAIID installed on the vehicle(s) you wish to drive. After the BAIID is installed, you will be eligible to drive with your MDDP on the 31st of your suspension.

Contact me for more information on MDDP and getting a BAIID installed in your vehicle. Our BAIID vendor has install sites near our firm’s Decatur address and all across the state of Illinois.


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