One of the many potential consequences of a DUI conviction in Illinois is that you may have to install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) on your car. A BAAID is basically a breathalyzer that prevents your car from starting if it detects the presence of alcohol. Additionally, a driver with a BAIID is required to occasionally blow while driving. Having a BAIID in your car is obviously not pleasant; in addition to being unsightly and irritating, getting a BAIID installed in your car is very expensive. In most cases, drivers choose to have a BAIID installed as part of permission to drive on a suspended license. As frustrating as a BAIID is, many drivers would rather drive with one then not drive at all. In other cases, a BAIID is mandatory for license reinstatement.
The best way to avoid having to install a BAIID in your car is to not be convicted for a DUI. As with other criminal charges, many drivers don't realize that it is possible to fight a DUI charge and win.
However, if you have already been convicted for a DUI, there is still value in contacting a legal professional to help you navigate the process of getting a BAIID the the Secretary of State reinstatement process. If you are facing a DUI conviction, considering requesting permission to drive with a BAIID, or being told that you need a BAIID to get your license reinstated, call the criminal defense team at John W. Callahan Ltd. today.