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Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers

Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers

Crystal Lake Attorneys for License Suspensions and Revocations in McHenry County


Driving is an essential part of modern life, and most people get behind the wheel daily, whether they are traveling to and from work, attending appointments, running errands, or transporting family members. The loss of your driver's license can make it impossible to complete these necessary tasks, and being unable to drive is not only inconvenient, but it can threaten your career and your relationships with your family and friends. Following the suspension or revocation of your license, you will want to understand how you can get back on the road as soon as possible. Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers provides experienced and dedicated legal help with the driver's license reinstatement process. To schedule a free consultation, contact us at 779-800-2250.

Driver's License Reinstatement

Drivers License Reinstatement

The Illinois Secretary of State has the authority to suspend, revoke, or reinstate driver's licenses, and it will set certain requirements that a driver must meet before their driving privileges can be reinstated. Your specific requirements will be based on the reasons for your suspension or revocation and the level of risk you present to the community if you are once again allowed to drive. In some cases, you may be able to receive driving relief such as a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) that will allow you to drive while your license is suspended or revoked.

Suspended License

If your driver's license is suspended, you will temporarily lose your driving privileges for a certain amount of time. Once your period of suspension has been completed, you can typically have your license reinstated by paying a reinstatement fee to the Secretary of State. However, you may be able to obtain an RDP during the period of your suspension if you attend an informal hearing with the SOS and meet all the requirements.

Revoked License

If your driving privileges are revoked, this means that you can lose your license indefinitely. You will be unable to have your license reinstated or obtain driving relief, such as an RDP, until an administrative hearing is held with the Secretary of State. The SOS has the absolute discretion to deny driving relief until certain requirements are met.

Common Ways to Lose Your License

The Secretary of State may suspend or revoke your driver's license for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the loss of your license may occur because of driving-related offenses or because criminal convictions are reported to the Secretary of State. In cases involving non-payment of child support, your license may be suspended until child support is current or a payment plan is in place.

Do I Need an Attorney to Get My License Back?


Even if the Secretary of State has outlined the requirements that you must meet before your driver's license can be reinstated, providing the documentation to show that you have met these requirements is not always easy. In addition to completing these steps, you will need to convincingly demonstrate that the reinstatement of your driving privileges will not create a risk to public safety. By working with an experienced license reinstatement attorney, you can ensure that you have met all of your requirements to the Secretary of State's satisfaction. Our lawyers will make sure you are fully prepared for your license reinstatement hearing, and we will meet with you as many times as necessary until we are satisfied that you will be able to provide the correct answers to the questions you will be asked.

Informal Hearings


These types of hearings do not need to be scheduled in advance, and they may be held at many Secretary of State Driver Services facilities. You will be asked questions by a hearing officer, and you may be represented by an attorney.

Formal Hearings


These hearings must be scheduled in advance, and they may be held at one of four locations in Illinois. Similar to a trial, you will be placed under oath, and you will be asked questions by your attorney and a lawyer for the Secretary of State.

Frequently Asked Questions About Suspended and Revoked Licenses


What Is a Statutory
Summary Suspension?

If you fail a chemical blood alcohol content (BAC) test after being arrested for DUI, or if you refuse to submit to a chemical test, the Secretary of State will automatically suspend your driver's license 45 days after the day of your arrest. This suspension will go into effect regardless of whether you are convicted for DUI.

What Is a Restricted
Driving Permit?

If you are eligible for driving relief, you may receive a permit that will allow you to drive while your license is suspended or revoked. If you receive a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP), you may be able to drive to work, to attend school, to travel to medical appointments, or to attend support groups or substance abuse treatment programs.

What Is
a BAIID?

A Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device may be a requirement if you are convicted of DUI or if you receive a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) or Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). This device must be installed in any vehicle you drive. It will require you to give a breath sample, and the vehicle will not start if alcohol is detected in your system.

How Is Risk Assessed
in DUI Revocations?

Following a DUI conviction, a drug/alcohol evaluation will be performed by a licensed alcohol counselor. Depending on the circumstances of the offense and whether you show symptoms of dependency, you may be classified as Minimal Risk, Moderate Risk, Significant Risk, or High Risk, and your classification will determine the requirements that you must meet before your license can be reinstated.

Can I Lose My Illinois License
for an Out-of-State Offense?

Moving violations or other offenses committed in another state may be reported to the Illinois Secretary of State, depending on the severity of the offense and how it is handled under the state's laws. In many cases, an out-of-state DUI will result in the revocation of your Illinois driver's license.

What Is the Zero
Tolerance Law in Illinois?

While the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08%, drivers who are under the age of 21 are not allowed to drive with any amount of alcohol in their system. A minor who is arrested for violations of the Zero Tolerance Law or other alcohol-related offenses will be subject to a driver's license suspension.

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