Persons arrested on DUI charges before January 1, 2009, who wish to petition a judge for a restricted license may only apply for a Judicial Driving Permit (JDP). However, due to a change in Illinois law, the JDP will eventually be phased out, and all persons arrested on DUI charges on or after January 1, 2009, may only apply for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP)
All of the following requirements must be met to qualify for a JDP:
- The defendant must have a valid driver’s license.
- The defendant must not have had an alcohol related offense in the last five (5) years.
- The defendant must obtain an alcohol or drug evaluation from the Central States Institute of Addiction (CSIA). CSIA has offices in Chicago and the suburbs. The telephone number is (312) 948-6001. CSIA is the only agency approved by the Circuit Court of Cook County to conduct alcohol and drug evaluations. A JDP may not be granted without this evaluation. Defendants requesting a JDP on their first court date must bring the evaluation with them. (Defendants are encouraged to make an appointment with CSIA immediately because the evaluation process can take up to four (4) weeks.)
- The defendant must provide a letter from his or her employer certifying hours of employment, routes driven to remain employed and the unavailability of an alternate way to get to work; or,
- the defendant must provide proof that he or she must drive himself or herself or a household member to receive medical, alcohol or drug treatment or to attend educational programs and that no alternative means of transportation exists.
If these requirements are satisfied and a JDP is issued, the scope of that permit will be limited by what is necessary to accomplish the task for which the permit is issued. For example, if the permit is issued to allow the defendant to drive to and from work or school, the defendant will only be able to drive to and from work or school. He or she will not be able to drive a car to do errands.
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