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When Is a BAIID Required in a DUI Conviction

 Posted on August 14, 2023 in BAIID

IL DUI lawyerNavigating the aftermath of a DUI charge can be a complex and challenging process, especially when it comes to reclaiming the freedom to drive. That is when a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) becomes an essential aspect of the journey. In Illinois, approximately 12,000 individuals drive with a BAIID that has been installed in their vehicle. This device, though imposing at first glance, plays a pivotal role in not only reinstating driving privileges but also in promoting responsible behavior behind the wheel.

Advanced Technology

In most states, including Illinois, a BAIID is required for individuals who have been convicted of driving under the influence offenses. A BAIID uses advanced technology to detect the blood-alcohol content (BAC) of the driver before the vehicle starts. The device is installed in the ignition of a vehicle and prevents the driver from starting the car if their breath registers an elevated BAC of .025 or more.

Illinois also requires a camera on the BAIID to capture the image of the driver as they perform their breath test.

BAIID Installation

First-time DUI offenders who are eligible for driving relief during their suspension period must install a BAIID in their vehicle. Here are four points to keep in mind:

  • You must first obtain a restricted driving permit or Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP), and then a BAIID can be placed in your car through the Secretary of State’s office.
  • The driving permit and the installation of a BAIID allow you to drive anywhere at any time as long as you are driving a vehicle installed with a BAIID. The Secretary of State’s office will keep tabs on you and they will be notified if you try to drive under the influence or tamper with the device.
  • You may also opt not to drive during your suspension period and that is fine. However, you can be found guilty of a Class 4 felony if you happen to be driving a car during your suspension period.
  • If you have multiple prior DUI convictions, you must get a restricted driving permit and install a BAIID on all the vehicles that are registered in your name for five consecutive years before your driving privileges can be reinstated.

Contact an Elgin, IL DUI Lawyer

When confronted with DUI charges, it is crucial to reach out to an experienced Kane County DUI criminal defense lawyer. At The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola we can guide you through the intricacies of BAIID installation and shed light on its significance. Dial 847-488-0889 and schedule your complimentary consultation today.


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