Written by attorney W. Scott Hanken


New revisions to Illinois DUI laws and the Secretary of State Hearing process become law on January 1, 2016. Primarily, the changes broaden the ability for DUI affected motorists to become eligible for hearings and eliminate the 30 day "hard time" prohibition for DUI "First Offenders".

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What is BAIID: BAIID is the acronym for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device. The BAIID Program was instituted in Illinois in 2009. This program makes it possible for many individuals, who have been arrested for the offense of DUI, to drive their vehicle without restriction, provided their vehicle is equipped with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). In order to start your BAIID-equipped vehicle, you must first blow into the BAIID (similar to a breathalyzer), which will analyze your breath-alcohol concentration. If you have an acceptable breath-alcohol concentration the vehicle will start. While driving, you must also periodically blow into the BAIID to ensure that a sober person did not start your car for you.

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