New DUI Laws Become Effective January 1, 2016

Yesterday the Chicago Tribune highlighted a new law effective January 1, 2016, which will expand the number of DUI revoked and suspended drivers who will now be eligible for driving privileges in Illinois. The law will allow the following categories of drivers to obtain driving privileges who previously could not: first offenders needing driving privileges during the first 30-days of the DUI statutory summary suspension; second offenders during the 1-year or 3-year DUI statutory summary suspension; and persons with multiple DUI convictions (who currently cannot obtain privileges during the first year of revocation).

A first offender is an individual without a prior DUI disposition within 5 years prior to the current DUI arrest. A second offender is an individual with a prior DUI disposition within 5 years prior to the current DUI arrest.

The law also expands the groups of persons required to have Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (“BAIID devices”) installed in their vehicles to include DUI involving a fatality or serious bodily injury and individuals who have had a prior DUI statutory summary suspension anytime in their lives.

This law was the result of negotiations between the Illinois State Bar Association (“ISBA”), the Illinois Secretary of State’s office and grass-root advocacy groups. Attorney Larry A. Davis of The Davis Law Group, P.C. led negotiations on behalf of the ISBA.

New DUI law lets arrestees drive — with an alcohol detection device, www.chicagotribune.com, December, 27, 2015

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