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Posted on in DUI

drunk driving, Lake County criminal defense attorneyIt is easy to blame things such as entertainment and the media for the way drunk driving is portrayed and at times glamorized in our society. There is no denying that underage drivers in particular often see buzzed driving, which is a form of driving under the influence, as an acceptable thing--something everyone does, therefore it must not be a serious crime.

It Could Happen to You

The real problem is rooted in our perception of the crime, however. It is not uncommon for offenders of all ages and walks of life to view arrests associated with drunk drivingĀ as something that happens to everyone else, but not to them. Only when they are pulled over and arrested forĀ the crime themselves do they understand the severity of the offense.

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Posted on in DUI

permit, RDP, MDDP, Lake County Criminal Defense AttorneyWhen you have lost your driving privileges due to a conviction on charges of driving under the influence (DUI), your life can be greatly affected. You may struggle with maintaining employment, continuing your education, and even caring for family members in need. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, however, you may be eligible for partial relief in the form of a Monitoring Device Driving Permit or a Restricted Driving Permit which may allow you to resume some of your normal activities.

Monitoring Device Driving Permits

The state of Illinois offers two different forms of driving relief for those whose driving privileges have been suspended or revoked related to a DUI. The first is called a Monitoring Device Driving Permit, or MDDP, which is available for almost all first-time offenders during the period of statutory summary suspension for failing or refusing a chemical test for blood alcohol content. The MDDP allows a driver to operate a vehicle at any time, in any place, as long the vehicle is properly equipped with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). The MDDP, however, must be surrendered upon conviction on DUI charges, as the conviction typically results in the revocation of driving privileges, not just a suspension.

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