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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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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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McHenry County drivers license reinstatement attorney

In Illinois, a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) usually results in the revocation of one’s driver’s license for at least one year. However, driving privileges can also be suspended even before a DUI conviction based on the circumstances surrounding blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tests administered by law enforcement. You may be aware that failing a BAC test can result in the suspension of your license, but it is important to know that a suspension can also be assessed if you refuse to submit to a test.

What Does Illinois’s Implied Consent Law Mean for Drivers?

According to Illinois law, all drivers on the road are considered to have consented to submit to a chemical test for alcohol and/or other controlled substances in the event that they are arrested under suspicion of DUI. The arrest is a key component of this implied consent law. If a police officer pulls you over under suspicion of DUI and asks you to take a breathalyzer test, you can decline without direct consequences. However, if the officer then informs you that you are under arrest, refusing any subsequent requests for chemical testing will result in a Statutory Summary Suspension of your driver’s license.

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Huntley drivers license reinstatement attorney

In Illinois, most reasons for driver’s license suspension are connected to traffic violations and criminal charges related to driving. However, according to the Family Financial Responsibility Act, a person’s driver’s license can also be suspended for failing to pay court-ordered child support, or for abusing parenting time or visitation. If you are facing a suspension of your license for one of these reasons, it is important to understand how you may be able to avoid the suspension or get your license back.

When Can a Parent’s Driver’s License Be Suspended?

In Illinois, when a parent has been delinquent on child support payments for at least 90 days, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS) or a circuit court with jurisdiction over the case can notify the Illinois Secretary of State’s office to initiate a driver’s license suspension for the delinquent parent. A court can also notify the office of the Secretary of State to begin the process of suspending the driver’s license of a parent who has been adjudicated to be in violation of a visitation or parenting time order.

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