If you have been arrested for and charged with suspected driving under the influence in Illinois, you will not doubt want to learn as much as you can about the defense process as well as what penalties you may experience if you are ultimately convicted of a DUI offense. One of the things that many people in your position are concerned about is maintaining their ability to drive. Certainly this can affect many things in your life especially if you rely on your vehicle to get you to and from work or school.
As explained by Cyberdrive Illinois, a division of the Office of Illinois Secretary of State, you may be required to install and use a breath alcohol ignition interlock device even if a DUI conviction is your first ever. However, if you are willing to forgo the ability to drive during the period of your license suspension, you do not need to install a BAIID.
If you have previous DUI arrests or convictions on your record, you may need a more restrictive type of permit and the period of time that you must use the BAIID if you wish to be able to drive may last as long as 60 months.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to let residents in Illinois understand whether or not they might be required to use a breath alcohol ignition interlock device and, if so, what type of permits or monitoring may be associated with this requirement.