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3 Tips for Your Illinois License Reinstatement Hearing

Posted on in Driver's License Reinstatement

crystal-lake-license-reinstatement-lawyer.jpgMany people use the terms “driver’s license suspension” and “driver’s license revocation” synonymously. However, these are very different processes. When a person’s license is suspended, the suspension eventually ends. The individual can pay a moderate license reinstatement fee and automatically regain driving privileges at the end of the suspension period.  

Driver’s license revocations are indefinite. Once your license is revoked, the only way to get it back is to fulfill the requirements mandated by Illinois law and attend a Secretary of State hearing. Read on to learn some tips that may help you reinstate your driver’s license after a revocation.  

Understand What is Expected of You

There are two main types of Secretary of State hearings. Informal hearings are held at Secretary of State facilities and DMVs throughout Illinois and conducted on a walk-in basis. Formal hearings are only held at the following four Secretary of State locations: Chicago, Joliet, Mount Vernon, and Springfield.

If your license was revoked for a first-time conviction for driving under the influence (DUI), you will likely attend an informal Secretary of State hearing. However, if you caused an accident involving serious injury or death, you have multiple DUIs, or you are entering an out-of-state application for reinstatement, you are required to attend a formal hearing which is scheduled in advance.

Fulfill The Obligations Required by the Secretary of State

Getting your license back after it has been revoked can be a significant undertaking. The exact requirements you must fulfill depend on the results of your drug and alcohol evaluation. If you are considered minimum risk, you must complete ten hours of DUI Risk Education sessions. If you are considered moderate, significant, or high risk, you must take additional steps to qualify for driver’s license reinstatement. Those individuals classified as high risk will need to complete a minimum of 75 hours of substance abuse treatment and participate in the activities described in their continuing care plans to qualify for reinstatement.

Conduct Yourself in a Professional, Respectful Manner During Secretary of State Hearings

The Secretary of State does not have to automatically reinstate your license just because you completed the bare minimum requirements. To get your license back, you must demonstrate that you understand the gravity of your offense and that you will not re-offend in the future. You are trying to convince the Secretary of State that you deserve to regain your driving privileges. One of the best ways to do this is to act in an appropriate, respectful manner towards the hearing officer and other individuals. Show up for your hearing early and dress appropriately. Avoid using curse words or offensive language. Make sure you have any required documentation ready and easily accessible.

Contact a McHenry County License Reinstatement Lawyer

If you lost your license due to a DUI or other offense, contact Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers for help. Our Crystal Lake license reinstatement attorneys can help you fulfill the Secretary of State requirements and demonstrate that you will not re-offend. Call 779-800-2268 for a free consultation.



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