Monitoring Device Driver Permit (MDDP)
Chicago DUI Attorney
Need a DUI lawyer in Chicago? If you have been convicted of driving while
intoxicated, you will have to face many penalties. You may be assigned
jail time, fines, and have your license suspended or revoked. If this
is a first time offense, you may be permitted to have a Monitoring Device
Driving Permit (MDDP) in lieu of not being able to drive during your suspension.
The MDDP law, which came into effect on January 1, 2009, requires any convicted
driver to have a breath alcohol
interlock ignition device (BAIID) installed on the car that he or she drives. Under the MDDP law,
only first offenders are eligible for this device.
Some exclusions under the MDDP law include:
- If the offender is less than 18 years of age
- If the offender was previously convicted of reckless homicide
- If the offender's license is otherwise invalid
- If death or great bodily harm resulted from the offender's original
Contact our firm today to learn if you are eligible for an MDDP. Our criminal defense attorney
has more than a decade of experience in criminal cases and can offer the
legal counsel you need after a conviction for DWI.
Call (312) 651-4206 to get started!
More About the MDDP
If an offender opts an MDDP, he or she must pay an administrative fee of
$30 per month for the entire length of the license suspension. The total
fee must be paid in full and up front to the Illinois Secretary of State.
So for example, you must pay $180 if your license has been suspended for
6 months and $330 if your license has been suspended for a year. You must
also take your vehicle to a company that is certified to install the BAIID,
where you will be required to pay an installation fee as well as a monthly
On the other hand, a
DUI offender retains the option to opt out of the MDDP. If they choose to
opt out, his or her license will remain suspended for the duration designated
by the court and no driving privileges will be extended. If you have been
arrested for DUI and are not sure which option you would prefer, seek
trusted counsel from our attorney today in a
free case evaluation.
Violations of the MDDP Law
It is exceedingly important to follow the rules imposed by the MDDP law
in order to retain the privilege of driving your vehicle while your license
is suspended. An offender may be charged with a violation for attempting
to "outsmart" the MDDP law by tampering with or removing the
BAIID that has been installed on his or her vehicle. Any violations are
taken seriously and may result in complete removal of driving privileges
during your license suspension for a DUI.
Other potential violations include:
- 5+ unsuccessful starts in 24 hours
- 10+ unsuccessful starts in 30 days
- Failure to use the BAIID as often as required
- Failing or neglecting to take a running retest
- Failure to submit a monitoring report as required by law
- Having a BAC of .05 or higher
The MDDP law can be complicated to understand, but an experienced lawyer
from the Law Offices of Mitch Furman can help you determine your eligibility
and walk you through the process. Our attorneys have a broad background
handling a variety of DUI cases, and working with a Chicago DUI attorney
from our firm will give you the confidence of having legal representation
you can trust on your side.