As an Illinois license reinstatement lawyer for the past twenty years, I have represented close to one thousand successful applicants who attempted to clear their Illinois driving privileges after being revoked by the Secretary of State for a DUI conviction.
While many of my clients are from outside the State of Illinois and are simply looking to clear up the hold that Illinois had put on their driving record, even more of my clients live inside of Illinois and are required under the current law to obtain a restricted driving permit.
So the question becomes first, do I need to install a BAIID device on my car? And the next follow up question is will the BAIID have to be installed for five years?
The BAIID – or breath alcohol ignition interlock device – is required to be installed for any petitioner who has had a loss of driving privileges – be it a suspension or revocation – at least two times. So if you were suspended for you your first DUI and still received court supervision on the first DUI, you are only required to install the BAIID for one year when you are convicted and then revoked for your 2nd DUI.
However, if you have been convicted for 2 DUI arrests, the Illinois Secretary of State will mandate that you install the BAIID for 5 years before granting you full reinstatement IF – and this is a BIG IF – IF you live inside of Illinois.
If you are looking to clear up your license or need a formal administrative hearing for a DUI conviction, and if you have any questions regarding license reinstatement, you should contact the experienced DUI reinstatement lawyer John W Callahan to help you with anything you need.