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Joliet DUI defense attorneysLearning how to drive is a rite of passage for most people. A driver’s license comes with the responsibility to uphold the rules of the road and drive safely. However, that is not always the case, and a driver can face serious consequences for breaking the law. There are several reasons why a motorist may have his or her driver’s license taken away. Actions such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) or reckless driving can lead to a license suspension or revocation depending on the circumstances. Unfortunately, driver’s license reinstatement can be a long and complicated process. That is why it is best to seek professional legal counsel to represent you. 

Steps to Take to Get Your License Back

Reinstating your driver’s license after it was revoked is not as simple as paying a fine. The process for license reinstatement depends on why your license was revoked in the first place, in addition to other factors, such as your driving history. In Illinois, the Secretary of State’s office oversees vehicle registration and driver licensing authority, including reinstatements. The SOS Office will assess your case, and you will need to attend an SOS hearing and prove that you are not a danger to others on the road. 

Taking the following actions will help you recover your driving privileges in cases of a DUI:

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Will County DUI defense lawyersDriving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is illegal in all 50 states. There is also no denying that drunk driving endangers not only the driver but other motorists on the road as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurs every 51 minutes in the United States. 

A DUI charge carries severe consequences in Illinois. Some of the penalties can include fines, mandatory alcohol education classes, loss of driving privileges, or even jail time. Depending on the circumstances, however, a driver may be eligible for a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP). 

What Are the Qualifications for MDDP? 

In Illinois, a statutory summary suspension provides for the automatic suspension of driving

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Joliet DUI Defense AttorneyEvery year in Illinois, hundreds of people die as a result of drinking and/or drugged driving. Hundreds more are seriously injured or permanently disabled. Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol is illegal in the state of Illinois, and the penalties for it are steep. Drivers under the age of 21 only make up 10 percent of licensed drivers, but they are involved in 17 percent of alcohol-related fatal crashes.

Even though the legal drinking age is 21 in Illinois, many people drink before their 21st birthday. Some people may think this is harmless, but when a teenager chooses to operate a vehicle while intoxicated, it can result in devastating injuries or even death, not only for him or her, but for other drivers on the road as well. Consequently, someone stopped for a suspected DUI who is also under 21 can face severe legal penalties that can have lasting effects.   

DUI Penalties for Drivers Under 21

Illinois law prohibits a person under age 21 from purchasing, accepting, possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages. Any person under 21 years of age with any trace of alcohol in his or her system will automatically lose his or her driving privileges based on the “zero tolerance” policy. The Zero Tolerance Law for Illinois also applies to drivers who are under 21 years old. Apart from the revocation of their driving privileges, penalties can include imprisonment or steep fines. The consequences of drinking and driving can also impact other areas of someone’s life, such as increased insurance rates, court-ordered alcohol treatment programs, and a negative driving record.

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Will County DUI lawyer

With around 27,000 driving while intoxicated arrests in Illinois each year, some involve aggravated DUI, which is charged as felony DUI. These offenses include those that result in endangerment, injury, or death to another driver, passenger, or pedestrian. Punishments for a conviction can include incarceration that cannot be reduced or suspended. Individuals who are offered probation can receive a minimum of 480 hours of community service or 10 days in jail.

If you were arrested for aggravated DUI, it is imperative you secure skilled legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

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Will County DUI defense attorney MDDP IIDIllinois law enforcement officers arrest approximately 27,000 people each year for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Of those arrested, around 86 percent are first-time DUI offenders, and 91 percent lose their driving privileges in some capacity.

With the help of a skilled DUI lawyer, you may have your case dismissed if police did not read you your Miranda rights or failed to properly administer standardized field sobriety testing, or if your blood-alcohol concentration was incorrectly measured by a malfunctioning breathalyzer. If none of these occurred, your attorney can still help minimize the impact of the arrest on your everyday life. While police and the courts vigorously enforce Illinois DUI laws, there are allowances for those with no prior DUI arrests or convictions.

Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) 

A first-time offender who is not charged with aggravated DUI can apply for an MDDP from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. This allows unrestricted driving privileges during your six-month license suspension through the installation of a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID). This device only allows a vehicle’s ignition to start after the driver successfully completes a breathalyzer that also captures an image of the driver and records it in the Secretary of State’s online system. The driver must also pass periodic tests while the vehicle is in operation.

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