Illinois Considers Changing DUI Related Drivers License Suspension

The Illinois State Bar Association has asked a state task force to change the current laws regarding drivers license suspension for DUI offenders, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune.

Currently, on a 1st Offense DUI, the drivers license’s suspension is six months, with the first 30 days acting as a “hard” suspension, whereas the next five months allows for driving privileges if an ignition interlock device (IID) is installed the vehicle. The Illinois State Bar Association, with the support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, is asking that the 30 day “hard” suspension be eliminated and offenders be eligible to obtain their right to drive to work immediately if a Breathalyzer is installed in their vehicle.

The article explained that in certain town courts throughout Illinois it is not uncommon for deals to be cut where the offender does not lose their license, in exchange for extraordinary high amount of fines, a practice that gives off the appearance of impropriety for the justice system and allows offenders to never lose their license at all.

The overall trend in the country currently is for those convicted to be able to keep their ability to drive, at a minimum to work, as long as the breathalyzer is installed.  This is a change from the original movement that emphasized the license suspension was a major deterrent effect to committing the crime in the first place.

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