New Law Allows Four-Time DUI Offenders One More Chance

DUI, four-time, Illinois criminal defense attorneyThanks to a new law signed last month by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, the fourth time may be the charm for some of the state’s repeat DUI offenders. Beginning January 1, 2016, those who have been convicted four times for driving under the influence may still be able to obtain a restricted driving permit and get back behind the wheel. The measure has been met with mixed reactions, as many believe that a four-time offender has already squandered his or her opportunities.

Thousands Possibly Impacted

According to recent estimates, there are currently more than 5,000 residents of Illinois who have been convicted of DUI on four separate occasions. Thus, when the measure goes into effect, a significant number of families could potentially be affected. Under current law, a four-time offender is prohibited from legally driving again, making it very difficult to continue working and to provide properly for his or her family. With at least the chance to obtain a restricted driving permit, an offender’s family may not be forced to bear the brunt of his or her actions forever.

Three Years

In Illinois, all matters related to the granting, suspension, revocation, and restriction of driving privileges are handled by the office of the Secretary of State. In order for a four-time offender to be granted a restricted driving permit, he or she will be required to demonstrate that he or she has been alcohol and drug-free for a period of at least three years. Doing so, however, may be complicated, as affidavits and testimony will likely be necessary.

Those approved are not likely full driving privileges restored; instead, they will be granted a restricted driving permit which allows the person drive only at certain times of day, in specified areas, and for specific purposes such as work or school. The restricted driving permit also mandates the installation of an ignition interlock device on the driver’s vehicle as an extra level of precaution in post-DUI situations. A fifth conviction on DUI charges would result in a permanent revocation of driving privileges with no possibility of relief.

Contact an Attorney

If you are facing charges of driving under the influence, you need the assistance of an experienced Rolling Meadows criminal defense lawyer. The potential penalties and consequences are too risky to face on your own, especially if you have been previously convicted of DUI. Call 847-253-3100 to schedule your free consultation at the Cosley Law Office today.



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