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McHenry County Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers

Huntley Driver's License Reinstatement Attorneys

Attorneys Representing Clients During Formal Hearings in Crystal Lake and the Surrounding Areas

If your driver's license has been revoked in Illinois, the only way you can get your driving privileges back is through an administrative hearing with the Secretary of State. In some cases, you may also need to attend a hearing if your license has been suspended. The type of hearing that you will need to attend will depend on the severity of the offense which led to the suspension or revocation of your license, your driving record, and your criminal history.

You may qualify for an informal hearing if your license was revoked due to a first-time conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) or because of multiple moving violations. A formal hearing will typically be required if you have received more than one DUI-based suspension of your driving privileges, or if your license was revoked because of any traffic offense that resulted in someone's death.

Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers can provide the legal representation you need during driver's license reinstatement hearings, and we can offer dependable guidance on how to achieve success throughout the driver's license reinstatement process. To schedule a free consultation, contact us by calling 779-800-2250.

What Do I Need to Do Before a Formal Hearing?

To schedule a formal hearing, you will need to submit a hearing request and pay a filing fee. The hearing may take place at one of four Secretary of State facilities in Chicago, Joliet, Springfield, or Mt. Vernon. The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether you have taken the necessary steps to qualify for license reinstatement or other forms of driving relief. The specific requirements you will need to meet will depend on your risk classification, which is determined by a licensed alcohol counselor. At the hearing, you must demonstrate that you have made the lifestyle changes necessary to avoid drunk driving or other forms of unsafe driving in the future. This may include completing a drug or alcohol evaluation, participating in a treatment program, and taking steps to reduce risks, such as attending regular support groups or Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

What Happens During a Formal License Reinstatement Hearing?

A formal hearing is similar to a trial in court. You and your lawyer will meet with a hearing officer and an attorney for the Secretary of State. You will be placed under oath and asked a series of questions by both your lawyer and the Secretary of State's lawyer. Based on your answers to these questions, the documentation you provide, and the arguments made during the hearing, the hearing officer will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may deny your request for driving relief, you may be granted conditional driving privileges through a Restricted Driving Permit, or your full driving privileges may be reinstated. If your hearing results in a denial, you will not be eligible for a subsequent hearing until 90 days have passed.

How Can I Prepare for a Formal Hearing?

A formal hearing can be an intimidating experience. Preparation is key, and you will need to understand the questions that you will be asked and the best ways to answer them based on your personal history. At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we will work with you prior to the hearing and share our knowledge to ensure that you are ready to answer questions correctly. We will spend as much time as necessary to make sure you are fully prepared to demonstrate to the hearing officer that you have taken the actions necessary to become a law-abiding citizen and a safe driver. Our skilled lawyers have represented clients in hundreds of formal and informal Secretary of State hearings. When you choose our law firm to represent you during the license reinstatement process, you gain the peace of mind that comes with hiring well-established, trustworthy legal counsel.

Contact Our Barrington Secretary of State Hearing Attorneys

After a suspension or revocation, attending a formal hearing may be the only way to get your license back. Fortunately, you do not have to go through the reinstatement process alone. To learn more about how our skilled McHenry County lawyers can help you regain your driving privileges, contact us today. Call our office at 779-800-2250 to set up your free consultation. We serve individuals in McHenry County, Winnebago County, Cook County, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Lake In The Hills, Round Lake Beach, Barrington, Huntley, Rockford, Cary, Algonquin, and the surrounding areas.

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