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5 Steps to Getting Your License Reinstated in Illinois

Driving is a privilege in Illinois and if you get busted for a DUI, you may have your privilege revoked. As a result, you will need to know how to get your license reinstated.

Here's a look at the five major steps to reinstating your license:

What is the Mandatory Alcohol Evaluation in Illinois?

Everyone arrested for a DUI in Illinois must undergo an alcohol evaluation before sentencing can occur or before driving privileges can be restored.

An alcohol evaluation is used to determine the extent of your alcohol use and whether you constitute an ongoing public safety risk. The evaluator will go over things like your driving history, blood test results, and interview (yes, you will be forced to go through an interview as part of the process).

After the evaluation, you will be given a risk classification with a recommended penalty. In criminal cases, the court will consider the recommended penalties, while in non-criminal cases, the "recommendations" will become mandatory.

What Are Illinois' Ignition Interlock Laws?

You will become very familiar with Illinois ignition interlock laws if you are ever convicted of a DUI. Here is a quick overview of the requirements:

Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID)

Illinois uses the BAIID, a device that is installed directly into an individual's car. In order to start the car, the individual will be required to blow into the device. If your blood alcohol level is below 0.025 percent, then your car will start just fine. However, if your blood alcohol content is above this amount, your engine will "lock." Furthermore, the device will send out information to the authorities that you tried to start your car after having drank some alcohol.

It should be noted that your car will lock at 0.025 percent even though your blood alcohol level is still below the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent.

Man Released After Fatal DUI Sentence Headed Back to Prison

Breathe easy y'all. The village idiot is going back to prison.

Sound a little harsh? More than a decade ago, Glen Higginbotham was drunkenly drag racing when he plowed into another car, unfortunately also piloted by a drunk driver, and killed a 10-year-old girl. He was going 81 mph in a 35 mph zone. For that crime, he served seven years in prison and two years parole.

Top Ten Chicago DUI Stories of 2012 (Part II of II)

Today, we finish the Top 10 most-read Chicago DUI posts of 2012. The first five can be found here.

The remaining five are a mixture of tragedy, DUI defense, and odd science.

Top Ten Chicago DUI Stories of 2012 (Part I of II)

Drunken driving is universally regarded as a frustratingly preventable evil. Though many cases are simple mistakes of someone having just one too many and getting pulled over, too many times, that preventable mistake leads to another person's death or dismemberment.

Many of our most-read posts over the past 12 months dealt with such tragic mistakes. Others dealt with the flip-side: DUI defense.

Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Chicago DUI stories of 2012:

Three Tips for Surviving a DUI Stop

You had a couple of beers earlier that night. You waited a bit before driving, yet suddenly, red and blue strobe lights blind you through your mirrors. What should you do? These common sense tips might help you avoid a night in jail.