Many people are worried about going to jail or losing their driver’s license after a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest in Illinois. If you want to get your driving privileges back after an impaired driving arrest, you will typically need to install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) in your vehicle first.
A BAIID works by preventing a driver from starting their vehicle if they have alcohol in their bloodstream. Drivers subject to a BAIID requirement have to perform a test on a device that uses a camera to verify it is the proper person taking the test and may have to perform additional tests as they continue driving.
If you recently got arrested for the first time for a DUI offense, will Illinois require that you install a BAIID in your car?
Yes, even first-time DUIs affect your driving privileges
Imposing adequate penalties after a DUI arrest helps deter someone from re-offending in the future. A BAIID is particularly effective at deterring repeat offenses because it essentially forces a driver to build a good habit of always being sober before starting their vehicle.
When someone fails a test while subject to a BAIID requirement, they will not be able to drive. Additionally, the state will receive notification of the failed test. Drivers who try to have someone else perform the test on their behalf or who drive a vehicle without a BAIID installed could face serious penalties.
Operating a vehicle without an interlock device installed when you are subject to an interlock requirement is a class four felony in Illinois. You have to drive vehicles with a BAIID installed at all times until the state lifts the restrictions on your license after your DUI conviction.
Can you avoid a BAIID requirement?
The installation of a BAIID is mandatory for most people convicted of a DUI offense. Even a first offense will lead to a six-month requirement when you want to regain your driving privileges. The only way to avoid the BAIID requirement is to fight back and avoid a conviction.
Drivers who challenge the validity of a traffic stop or prove that the test was wrong may not have to worry about any licensing consequences whatsoever. Learning more about the penalties associated with a DUI conviction may inspire you to defend yourself against pending charges.