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barrington license reinstatement lawyerIn Illinois, losing your driving privileges can result from a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest, accumulating too many points on your driving record, and several other offenses. Losing your ability to drive can be stressful for both you and your family. Reinstating your driver’s license after it has been suspended or revoked can be a lengthy process in some situations, but the ability to drive is often necessary to utilize in your daily life. The main step in reinstating your driver’s license after a revocation is to attend either a formal or informal hearing with the Secretary of State’s office.

Informal License Hearings

In many cases, you will only have to appear at an informal hearing to reinstate your driver’s license. Those who have had their driving privileges revoked because of a single DUI that did not involve a fatality or for lesser moving violations can utilize an informal hearing. All other offenders will have to request and attend a formal hearing.

Informal hearings are conducted at various Driver Services locations throughout the state and are conducted on a walk-in basis, meaning there are no appointments necessary. During the hearing, you will show the state that you would not be a danger to others if you were permitted to drive again. After the hearing, all of your information is submitted to the main office in Springfield, IL and a letter containing the state’s decision will be mailed to your home. Typically, an informal license hearing results in a restricted driving permit (RDP) or full reinstatement of your driving privileges. 

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Crystal Lake driving on a suspended license lawyerIf your Illinois driver’s license has been suspended or revoked for any reason, you may be frustrated by your inability to drive and find yourself tempted to try to do it anyway. Perhaps you think that it is unlikely you will be caught, or you may be in desperate need of transportation. However, driving with a license that has been revoked or suspended can have severe consequences that can make it even more difficult to regain your legal driving privileges in the future.

Criminal Penalties for Driving With a Revoked or Suspended License

According to Illinois law, a person who is caught driving while their license is suspended or revoked may face Class A misdemeanor charges. If you are convicted, the offense will become part of your criminal record, and you may also be assessed a fine of up to $2,500. A license suspension will be extended for the same length of time as it was originally ordered, essentially putting you back at square one when it comes to reinstating your driving privileges. If your license is revoked, you will have to wait an additional year beyond the original term of the revocation before you can apply for reinstatement.

Depending on the reason that your license was originally revoked or suspended, you may face additional penalties. For example, if your license was suspended for failing or refusing a chemical test after a DUI arrest, or if it was revoked due to a DUI conviction or allegations that you left the scene of an accident in which a person was injured or killed, you may be required to serve 10 days in prison or 30 days of community service.

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