What Is a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device?

When you’re pulled over for drinking and driving, your first concern may be saving your license from a suspension. Without it, you may be unable to support yourself or your family.

Luckily, you may have opportunities to keep your license, apply for a new type of license, or install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID). But what does this device do? Read on and then speak with a DUI lawyer at Chicago Trusted Attorneys™ before your case goes to court.

How Does a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device Work?

If you’re convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, your license will be suspended for some time. Without reliable transportation, that may make it hard to keep your job. Your license may be key to supporting your family.

In these cases, you may qualify for a hardship license. This license allows you to commute from work to home and to any other necessary activities. That way, you’re able to support yourself and your family, even if you’ve lost some privileges.

One of the requirements for your hardship license may be a BAIID. This device prevents your car from starting unless you’re able to pass a sobriety test. That can make driving more complicated, and it can be embarrassing, but it can also protect your job.

Using a BAIID

If you’ve been convicted of drinking and driving for the first time, you may be required to have a BAIID on your car after your conviction. In Illinois, your BAIID will also have a camera attached. This camera will take a picture of you, so that you have evidence that you were the one who took the sobriety test, not another person in the car.

To get your BAIID, you’ll need to get your Monitoring Device Driving Permit, or MDDP, first, if this is your first conviction. For second and third convictions, you’ll need a Restricted Driving Permit before you’re able to get your BAIID. If you’re unsure whether you qualify, talk to your lawyer to ensure you file your request correctly.

Get Your Driving Privileges Back with a Lawyer’s Help

When you have a DUI conviction, the opportunity to attach a BAIID to your car and keep your job can be a big relief. But if you act soon enough, your lawyer may be able to help you avoid that strain altogether. The lawyers at Chicago Trusted Attorneys™ can work to help you avoid a conviction, protecting your driving and criminal records. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 312-931-5411 or complete the online contact form below.