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What Is The Difference Between MDDP and RDP?

Published on February 24th, 2021

DUIs and Restricted Driving Privileges

When you are charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence), you will face license suspension or revocation. Normally, this means you cannot drive for as long as your license is suspended or revoked. However, if you are a first time DUI offender, you may be eligible for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP).

A MDDP allows you to drive legally and safely before your license is reinstated. This permission is granted only under special circumstances. You must be a first time DUI offender to be considered for a MDDP, and at least eighteen years old. A BAIID (Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device) will be one of the conditions for using your MDDP.

If any of the following are true, you will not be eligible for a MDDP:

  • Received a statutory summary suspension in the past five years
  • Were charged or convicted of a DUI in the past five years (in Illinois or other states)
  • Your driver’s license has been revoked or is invalid/expired/etc.
  • The accident in which you were charged with the DUI resulted in death or bodily harm of an individual
  • You have a previous conviction of an aggravated DUI which resulted in death
  • You were assigned court supervision for a DUI in the past five years

A RDP (Restricted Driving Permit) is an option allotted for those whose licenses have been revoked after more than one DUI conviction, or for those who are otherwise unable to qualify for a MDDP. Having a BAIID installed in your vehicle(s) is often a requirement for receiving a RDP.

A RDP will allow the holder to drive under special circumstances. A RDP may be obtained after a formal hearing with the Secretary of State. During this hearing, it must be proven that there will be no threat to the public’s safety should the offender be allowed to drive with a RDP.

Secretary of State License Reinstatement in Springfield and Other Areas of Illinois In order to apply for restricted driving privileges and qualify for a MDDP or RDP, you will have to go through many steps to prove that you can be trusted on the road. However, the end goal is always to obtain a full reinstatement of your driving rights.

Going through the Secretary of State for license reinstatement in Springfield, and other areas of Illinois, can be a daunting task. Hiring an experienced license reinstatement lawyer will make the process much easier. At Johnson & Goldrich, P.C., we make it a point to build attorney client relationships that others can’t. Call us today, and start working towards earning back your driving privileges now.

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