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How Can I Get My Driver’s License Back After a Conviction for Drugged Driving?

Posted on in Driver's License Reinstatement

Illinois license reinstatement lawyerPeople typically assume that charges for diving under the influence (DUI) are related to alcohol intoxication. However, alcohol is not the only substance that can lead to a DUI. Per Illinois law, anyone who is driving while impaired by drugs, alcohol, or other intoxicating substances may be charged with DUI. Even prescription medications for which you have a prescription can trigger DUI charges.

If you were charged with or convicted of DUI for driving under the influence of a controlled substance, your license may be suspended or revoked. This means that it is illegal for you to drive any vehicle. Understandably, you may be eager to regain your driving privileges. The steps you will need to take in order to do so will depend on the circumstances of the DUI, your criminal history, and other factors.

Driver’s License Suspensions Versus Revocations

A driver’s license suspension eventually ends, but a driver’s license revocation is indefinite. If you are subject to a statutory summary suspension because you were arrested for DUI, you may be able to regain partial driving privileges through a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) before the suspension period is over. However, this option is only available to first-time DUI offenders.

Regaining Driving Privileges After a DUI Conviction

Being convicted of DUI results in a driver’s license revocation. If your license is revoked, you can only regain driving privileges by attending a hearing with a Secretary of State officer. The other steps you must take to get your license back depend on the results of your drug and alcohol evaluation. Before you can apply for driver’s license reinstatement, you will have to get evaluated for drug or alcohol dependency. If the evaluator finds that you have a drug or alcohol addiction, you will need to complete treatment to be considered for license reinstatement.

It may be possible to get a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) and regain partial driving privileges even if your full driving privileges are not reinstated. To get an RDP, you must show that you are not a risk to public safety. You will also need to show that not being allowed to drive has caused you hardship. For example, you may need to drive to keep your job, attend drug treatment or recovery groups, or transport your children. You may need to get a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed in your vehicle to qualify for an RDP.

Contact a Crystal Lake Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer

The knowledgeable McHenry County driver’s license reinstatement attorneys at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers can help you apply for an MDDP or RDP. We can also help you prepare for your Secretary of State hearing to maximize your chances of reinstatement. Call us today at 779-800-2268 for a free consultation.




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