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Driver’s License Suspension Versus Revocation in Illinois

Posted on in Driver's License Reinstatement

Crystal Lake license suspension attorneyIllinois drivers can lose their driving privileges for several different reasons, including multiple traffic citations and driving under the influence (DUI) charges. The terms “driver’s license suspension” and “driver’s license revocation” are sometimes used interchangeably. However, there are significant differences between a suspension and revocation. If you lost your license, read on to learn about driver’s license suspensions and revocations and what you can do to reinstate your driving privileges.

Suspended Driver’s License in McHenry County

Individuals can have their licenses suspended for receiving three or more moving violations, possession of a fake or fraudulent ID, and other offenses. If your license is suspended, it is illegal for you to drive. You must wait until the suspension period is over and pay a reinstatement fee to regain the ability to drive legally.

Revoked Driver’s License in Crystal Lake

The most common reason that drivers get their licenses revoked is conviction for driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injuries, drag racing, and felony offense involving a motor vehicle are also punishable by revocation of the offender’s driver’s license.

Unlike suspensions, driver’s license revocations are indefinite. You cannot simply pay a moderate fee and get your license back. In order to reinstate your license after it is revoked, you must attend a Secretary of State hearing. The type of hearing you must attend depends on the reason for the license revocation. If you received a first-time DUI conviction, you will likely need to attend an information license reinstatement hearing. However, if you received a second or third DUI or the reason for the revocation is an offense involving death, you will need to attend a formal license reinstatement hearing.

  • Informal license reinstatement hearings – Information hearings are often held in DMV branches throughout the state on a first come, first served basis. In an informal hearing, you will meet with a hearing officer who asks questions about your driving history, reasons for the revocation, and the steps you have taken to qualify for reinstatement.
  • Formal license reinstatement hearings – Formal hearings are only held at Secretary of State locations by appointment. You will meet with a hearing officer and an attorney representing the state. The question-and-answer process is much more formal and is conducted similarly to a court trial. You will need to demonstrate to the hearing officer and prosecutor that you have met the criteria for license reinstatement and will not reoffend.

Contact a McHenry County, Illinois License Reinstatement Lawyer for Help

Whether your license was suspended or revoked, the skilled Crystal Lake DUI defense attorneys at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers can help. Call our office today at 779-800-2268 for a free consultation.




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