When Is a Monitoring Device Driving Permit Available After a DUI?

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What Is an MDDP?


After a first-time DUI arrest, a person will usually be eligible for a permit that will allow them to drive, as long as they use a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID). This device is a portable breathalyzer that will be installed in a person’s vehicle. Before starting the vehicle, the driver will be required to breathe into the device, and the car will not start if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is above a certain limit. Drivers will also be required to provide breath samples at certain intervals while driving. A device will take a picture of the driver when they are providing a sample to ensure that the driver is the person being tested. A BAIID will be required on any vehicle the person drives during their period of license suspension.


First-time DUI offenders may apply to receive an MDDP, which will allow them to drive without any limitations during their period of license suspension, as long as they use a BAIID. A person must meet the following requirements to qualify for an MDDP


• They must be at least 18 years old.
• Their driver’s license must currently be valid.
• Within the previous five years, they must not have had a DUI conviction or been sentenced to court supervision in lieu of a conviction, and they must not have been subject to a statutory summary suspension following a DUI arrest.
• They must not have previously been convicted of reckless homicide or a DUI that resulted in death.


A person will not be eligible for an MDDP if their DUI arrest occurred following an accident that resulted in great bodily harm or death. While a person with a commercial driver’s license may receive an MDDP, they will not be permitted to drive a commercial vehicle during their period of license suspension.


Those who are not eligible for an MDDP may be able to receive a restricted driving permit (RDP). This type of permit may be available if the suspension or revocation of a driver’s license would cause a person to experience hardship, and it may allow a person to drive at certain times for specific purposes, such as traveling to and from work. A driver with an RDP will be required to use a BAIID, and they may also be required to receive treatment for alcohol or drug abuse.


Contact Our Will County DUI Defense Lawyer


Following a DUI arrest, the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. can help you determine your options, including whether you qualify for an MDDP or RDP. In addition to helping you defend against DUI charges, we can assist with the reinstatement of your driver’s license following a suspension or revocation. Contact our Joliet DUI attorney at 815-740-4025 to arrange a free consultation.