A change to Illinois law allows a driver who has one Aggravated DUI conviction involving great bodily injury to apply for a restricted driving permit.

The restricted permit would let you drive when using a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID). The permit may be issued for up to one year, and you may not drive without the BAIID. The permit could allow you to drive to work or for alcohol treatment. You might also be allowed to drive yourself or a family member to school, for medical treatment or to daycare.

To qualify for the permit, you must demonstrate that no other reasonable means of transportation exists and that you would not endanger public safety. The permit is restricted to cases of undue hardship as defined by the Secretary of State.

If you are convicted of DUI after obtaining your restricted permit, you can be permanently barred from driving again. If you violate your permit by driving a car without the BAIID, you may be convicted of a Class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years in jail.

The new law takes effect January 1, 2016.

If you are wish to apply for a restricted permit, contact an experienced attorney immediately. An attorney can help present your evidence in its most favorable light to grant your request.

If you have questions about this or another related Illinois criminal or traffic matter, please contact Matt Keenan at 847-568-0160 or email

Source: Public Act 99-0290.

Also see Public Act 99-467.

(Besides Skokie, Matt Keenan also serves the communities of Arlington Heights, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows, Wilmette and Winnetka.)

About mdkeenan

A criminal and school law attorney with over 17 years of experience, I have successfully represented clients all over the Chicago area. My practice includes DUI, felony, criminal, misdemeanor, homicide, internet crime, retail theft, traffic offenses, cyberstalking, drug crimes, weapons violations, domestic battery and juvenile crime. I also represent families involving school cases. My clients come from all over the Chicago area including Skokie, Wilmette, Niles, Northbrook, Glenview, Evanston, Winnetka, Highland park, Northfield, Park Ridge, Des Plaines and Mount Prospect. I am a member of the ACLU and the Illinois State Bar Association. I serve as a volunteer for First Defense Legal Aid. Se habla espanol.
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