2009 Illinois DUI Law Changes

Written on February 13, 2009 at 12:20 AM :: Filed in the Illinois DUI category

January 1 2009, brought changes and updates to Illinois DUI laws that will dramatically affect the potential penalties, even for first-time offenders.

Here’s a quick overview of the relevant changes:

  • No more judicial driving permits. Those drivers who are suspended either for having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, or for refusing to submit to the breathalyzer test will no longer be able to receive permission to drive to and from work or school. Instead, suspended drivers must get monitoring device driving permits(MDDP) for the duration of their suspension, which requires a Blood Alcohol Interlock Ignition device (BAIID) in the car at all times. While the monitoring device driving permit is far more expensive to the driver, it is also less restrictive. Previously, suspended drivers, upon receiving a Judicial Driving Permit (JDP), were allowed only to drive to and from work, school, or for medical purposes only. Under the new MDDP, the driver may drive at any time, as long as the device is installed on his or her car.

  • Doubled Illinois DUI penalties. Summary suspension periods are doubled under the new Illinois law, which means that drivers who have 0.08 or over blood alcohol content (BAC) will automatically have their driving privileges suspended for six months instead of three months, regardless of the outcome of their DUI case. Drivers who refuse to submit to breathalyzer testing will have their driving privileges suspended for a full year

  • Higher fees. These new penalties and procedures mean that anyone accused or convicted of an Illinois DUI will face even higher fees than before. The installation of the BAIID device is very expensive and it is the driver’s responsibility to pay all costs associated with it.

What does this mean for drivers? Clearly, the need for an aggressive and experienced Illinois DUI lawyer is more important than ever before. You need and deserve a DUI attorney who thoroughly understands the new laws and their implications for drivers.

The above represent only a few of the changes made to the Illinois DUI laws in recent months. If you have questions or concerns, or have been accused of a DUI in Illinois, contact an experienced attorney immediately. I’m offering free case consultations to those with DUI concerns…call today for more information and your free, confidential evaluation.

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