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Barrington drivers license reinstatement attorney

In Illinois, it is possible to lose your driver’s license for a variety of reasons, but not all losses of driving privileges are created equally. Depending on whether your license has been suspended or revoked, there are different processes required to get your license back. A driver’s license reinstatement attorney can help you understand the difference and follow the legal steps necessary for your unique situation.

Illinois Driver’s License Suspensions

If your license is suspended, it means that your driving privileges are removed for a temporary, clearly defined period of time. One of the most common forms of driver’s license suspension in Illinois is a statutory summary suspension, which may be issued if you fail or refuse a blood alcohol test at the time of your arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). Your driver’s license may also be suspended for failing to appear in court or otherwise resolve a traffic citation, failing to pay fines or toll violations, driving without car insurance, or accumulating a certain amount of traffic offenses and points on your license within a defined period, among other reasons.

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Huntley driver's license reinstatement attorney

In Illinois, your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked in response to a wide variety of criminal and traffic offenses regardless of your age, but if you are convicted of an offense when you are under the age of 21, the penalties can be especially severe. Not only is the threshold for an offense often lower for minor drivers, the length of a suspension or revocation is also often greater. If you have been charged with an offense before your 21st birthday, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand the likelihood of your license being taken away, and help you follow the necessary steps to have the best chance of a timely reinstatement.

Suspensions and Revocations for Illinois Drivers Under 21

One of the most common reasons for a driver’s license revocation is a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI). If you are convicted of DUI while you are under the age of 21, your license can be revoked for at least two years, which is double the length for a driver older than 21. In order to have your license reinstated, you will have to take a remedial driver’s education class, and you may have to take and pass a new driver’s license examination.

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Woodstock drivers license reinstatement attorney

While driver’s license suspensions and revocations can help keep Illinois roads safer, they can also often cause hardship for people who rely on the ability to drive for transportation to work, school, and other important activities. Thankfully, a suspension or revocation does not always mean that you cannot drive at all, but it does mean that you will need to take the necessary legal steps to apply for a special driving permit that allows you to legally operate your vehicle.

Types of Permits for Illinois Drivers With Suspended or Revoked Licenses

Illinois offers two main options for drivers whose licenses have been revoked or suspended, each with its own set of restrictions and eligibility requirements. These options are:

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Huntley driver's license reinstatement attorney

In Illinois, convictions for serious criminal traffic offenses like driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other substances often result in the immediate suspension or revocation of the driver’s license, but this is not the only way to lose your license. You can also have your driving privileges suspended or revoked after accumulating multiple minor traffic violations that result in points on your license. It can be difficult to keep track of how Illinois’s driver’s license point system actually works, but a better understanding may help you avoid having your license suspended in the future.

When Are Points Assigned to an Illinois Driver’s License?

In Illinois, convictions for a wide range of traffic violations result in a certain number of points assigned to the driver’s license based on the severity of the offense. The number of points assigned ranges from 5, for minor offenses including driving less than 10 mph over the speed limit and driving without working turn signal lights, to 55, for serious offenses like reckless driving and aggravated speeding in a school or construction zone.

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Winnebago County driver's license reinstatement attorney

Having your driver’s license revoked for a period of time is a common penalty for many criminal driving offenses in the state of Illinois, including driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. This can affect your ability to get to and from work or school on a daily basis. If your license has been revoked, you might expect that it will automatically be returned to you when the revocation period ends, but this is not the case. In order to have your license reinstated, you will need to appear for an informal or formal hearing with the office of the Secretary of State and demonstrate that your driving will no longer pose a risk to public safety.

What to Expect at Your Hearing in Illinois

Informal hearings are typically reserved for first-time offenders convicted of lesser traffic violation charges, whereas repeat offenders or those who caused a fatality will likely face a formal hearing. Regardless of the type of hearing you will face, there are important steps you can take to prepare and increase your chances of reinstatement.

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