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Illinois Defense Attorney Helping Drivers With Out of State DUI

Lake in The Hills Driver's License Revocation Lawyers out of state DUI

Crystal Lake, IL Lawyer for Drunk Driving Charges In Another State

If you are like most Illinois residents, you probably travel to other states for work or leisure from time to time. When you are driving in another state, you are subject to that state's traffic laws – including the laws prohibiting driving under the influence (DUI). What you may not realize is that an out-of-state DUI arrest or conviction can put your Illinois driver's license at risk. At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers, we understand the complex nature of out-of-state DUI cases, and we can help you sort out the laws that apply in your case and the requirements that you will need to meet to have your driving privileges reinstated. Contact us at 779-800-2250 to learn more about how we can help with your case.

How Does an Out-of-State DUI Differ From an Illinois DUI?

An arrest for driving under the influence in Illinois may not always lead to a conviction. However, if you fail a chemical BAC test following an arrest, or if you refuse chemical testing, the Secretary of State will automatically suspend your license. If your case does result in a conviction, this will result in the revocation of your license for at least one year.

In many cases, an out-of-state DUI will result in the same consequences as a DUI arrest or conviction that took place in Illinois. However, the procedures followed may vary depending on how the DUI is reported by state officials. If the state in which you were arrested has a point system, such as Colorado or Wisconsin, a DUI will usually be reported to the Illinois Secretary of State as a conviction, which will result in the revocation of your Illinois driver's license. In other cases, a DUI may not be reported as a conviction, but a report that you failed or refused to take a chemical test will result in a license suspension in Illinois.

If your license has been suspended or revoked, you will need to go through the driver's license reinstatement process before you will be allowed to legally drive again. In many cases, you will be required to attend either a formal or an informal hearing to show that you have met the requirements to have your license reinstated or to obtain driving relief.

How Can I Get My License Reinstated After an Out-of-State DUI?

An arrest for DUI outside of your home state will make your case more complicated, since you will need to address criminal charges in local courts, and arrest records or court records may not be as easy to obtain. However, the same procedures for driver's license suspension, revocation, or reinstatement will usually be followed as for a DUI that took place in Illinois. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, your driving record, and other factors, you may be eligible for a Restricted Driving Permit, or you may be required to attend a Secretary of State hearing to have your license reinstated.

At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we understand the complexities involved in out-of-state DUI cases. We have extensive experience assisting clients who have had their licenses revoked or suspended after an out-of-state DUI. We will make sure you take the right steps to qualify for license reinstatement, and we will help you prepare to answer all of the questions that will be asked during a license reinstatement hearing. We will advocate for you during the license reinstatement process and help you demonstrate that you have taken measures to become a safe driver and avoid drunk driving in the future.

Can I Apply for a Driver's License in Another State?

If you have moved to another state after losing your license in Illinois, you may need to determine what steps you will need to follow to obtain a valid driver's license. Following a suspension or revocation of your Illinois driver's license, you will not be able to receive a driver's license in another state until you have cleared the Illinois revocation or suspension. However, you can apply for an out of state package that will allow you to apply for license reinstatement without the need to travel back to Illinois. Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC can answer your questions about out-of-state license reinstatement, and we can help you complete this process successfully.

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation With a Rockford License Reinstatement Lawyer

At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we believe that no matter the reasons your driver's license may have been revoked or suspended, you deserve a second chance to be a law-abiding driver. We also understand that the loss of your license places a considerable burden on your family, and we are dedicated to helping you get back on the road as quickly as possible. Contact us today at 779-800-2250 to arrange a complimentary consultation. We provide legal help to clients throughout the McHenry County area as well as those in Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Rockford, Barrington, Cary, Lake In The Hills, Huntley, Woodstock, Round Lake Beach, Winnebago County, and Cook County.

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