Early next year, a new law will grant four-time DUI offenders in Illinois the opportunity to apply for restricted driving permits. Effective January 1st, 2016, this law will allow more than 5,000 Illinois residents with multiple DUI convictions to return to the roads, provided they can meet a strict set of requirements.
Legal Requirements for a Permit
This law has received considerable backlash from drivers, though the state is implementing several safeguards to ensure these permits are only granted to select drivers who have made considerable efforts to turn their lives around. The application process will be examined on a case-by-case basis, requiring affidavits and compelling evidence of reform – including three consecutive years free of drug and alcohol use – before a person can be approved for a permit.
Upon receiving their permit, a driver must adhere to the following requirements:
- Install an ignition interlock device (IID)
- Only drive during select hours
- Drive for only approved purposes, such as going to work
Currently, a fourth DUI conviction will result in permanent loss of license, though this new law is set to change this policy. If a person is convicted for another DUI after receiving approval for a provisional license, they will be permanently barred from driving.
If you are a multiple DUI offender who is interested in applying for a provisional license, a Decatur DUI attorney from Johnson Law Group can help you navigate the complex legal process and improve your chances of approval. Call (309) 565-8825 today to consult with an experienced attorney from our firm.