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McHenry County Lawyers for Driver's License Suspension

Huntley Driver's License Reinstatement Attorneys

Attorneys for License Reinstatement in Crystal Lake and Surrounding Areas

Losing your driving privileges can cause you a great deal of difficulty, and it can affect your ability to carry on with the activities involved in your everyday life. If your driver's license is suspended, you may have problems getting to and from work, transporting your children to school or activities, and taking care of other necessary errands. At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers, we offer high-quality legal representation for individuals who have been subject to driver's license suspensions and revocations. Whether you have lost your license because of traffic violations, a DUI arrest, failure to appear in court, or another reason, we are here to help. Contact us today at 779-800-2250.

What Is the Difference Between License Suspension and Revocation?

If your driver's license is suspended, you will lose your driving privileges for a certain period of time or until certain conditions are met. Depending on the reasons that your license has been suspended, your suspension period may last several months to a year or more. If your drivers' license is revoked, you will lose your driving privileges indefinitely, and your license cannot be reinstated until you have a hearing before the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State has the absolute discretion to grant or deny your license indefinitely. Whether your license has been suspended or revoked, you will need to go through the driver's license reinstatement process to regain your driving privileges.

When Can a Driver's License Be Suspended in Illinois?

There are a number of different reasons why the Illinois Secretary of State may suspend a person's driver's license, including:

  • Failing a chemical blood alcohol content (BAC) test such as a Breathalyzer
  • Refusing to take a BAC test
  • Receiving three or more moving violations within one year
  • Receiving two or more moving violations within two years if you are under 21 years old
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Failure to pay court-imposed fines or appear in court

What Are the Penalties for Driving on a Suspended License?

If your license has been suspended, you may be tempted to continue driving in order to follow through on work responsibilities, parenting obligations, and other commitments that you cannot afford to neglect. However, driving on a suspended license will only make your situation much worse if you are stopped and arrested. This offense is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois, and a conviction can result in up to one year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. Furthermore, your suspension period will be extended, and it may take even longer for you to regain your driving privileges. In some cases, driving on a suspended or revoked license can result in felony charges and even harsher penalties.

How Can I Get My Suspended Driver's License Reinstated?

One of the first steps you should take after learning that your driver's license has been suspended is to request your Secretary of State Driving Record Abstract. This document will include the reasons that your license has been suspended or revoked, the date that you are eligible for driving relief or reinstatement, and other important information. Our attorneys can use this information to help determine the course of action that will give you the best chances of regaining your driving privileges. For example, if your license has been suspended because you accumulated too many traffic tickets, we may be able to file a Motion to Vacate the convictions. If one or more convictions can be removed from your record, your suspension may be lifted.

If you are not yet eligible to have your driver's license reinstated, we may be able to help you obtain a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). This permit will allow you to drive, but only to certain locations. For example, the permit may allow you to drive for the purposes of transporting your children, going to work, or attending medical appointments or substance abuse programs. If your license was suspended because you failed a chemical BAC test, you will be required to install a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) in your vehicle before you can receive conditional driving privileges through a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP).

Contact Our Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers in Rockford and Winnebago County

At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we understand that a driver's license suspension can turn your life upside down. To learn about your legal options for regaining your driving privileges, contact us and schedule your free initial consultation. Call our office at 779-800-2250 today. We serve clients in Crystal Lake, McHenry County, Barrington and Cook County, Rockford and Winnebago County, Algonquin, Lake In The Hills, Cary, Huntley, Round Lake Beach, Woodstock, and the neighboring areas.

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