There are multiple ways that you could lose your driver’s license. Drunk driving is one of the most common reasons for the loss of driving privileges. A first-time DUI conviction will result in a one-year driver’s license revocation, and longer revocations will apply to second or subsequent DUI convictions. However, even if you are not convicted of DUI, you will be subject to a statutory summary suspension of your license if a chemical test performed after being arrested showed that you had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or more or if you refused to take a chemical test. Other potential reasons for license suspension or revocation include receiving three traffic violations within a single year or failing to pay child support.
Losing your driver’s license can create a great deal of difficulty in your life, so you will want to make sure you can regain your driving privileges as soon as possible. This means that you will need to take the necessary steps for driver’s license reinstatement as soon as your period of suspension or revocation has been completed.
The Illinois Driver’s License Reinstatement Process
In most cases involving driver’s license suspension, you will be able to have your license reinstated by paying a reinstatement fee. However, if your license has been revoked, you will need to complete additional requirements and demonstrate that you will be able to drive safely and responsibly once you regain your driving privileges.
At the end of your period of license revocation, you will need to attend a Secretary of State license reinstatement hearing. If your license was revoked because of a first-time DUI conviction or other less-serious offenses, you will usually be able to have an informal hearing. This can take place at a regional Secretary of State driver services facility at any time as long as a hearing officer is available. In cases involving multiple DUI convictions or more serious offenses, you may be required to attend a formal hearing, which is similar to a trial in court. These hearings are only held at a few locations, and they must be scheduled in advance.
At your hearing, you may be represented by an attorney, and you will need to provide documentation showing that you have completed all requirements to have your license reinstated. These may include receiving treatment for alcohol or drug addiction, attending traffic safety classes, or following other restrictions or actions put in place by a court. You will need to provide evidence that will convince a hearing officer that allowing you to drive once again will not put the general public at risk.
Contact Our Wheaton, IL License Reinstatement Attorney
If your license has been suspended or revoked, the Davi Law Group, LLC can help you take the right steps to get back behind the wheel as quickly as possible. In addition to assisting you during the license reinstatement process, we will help you determine whether you can receive a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP) or restricted driving permit (RDP) that will allow you to drive during your period of suspension or revocation. We can also help you defend against DUI charges or traffic violations and avoid a conviction that could threaten your license. Call our reputable DuPage County traffic violations lawyers today at 630-580-6373 to arrange a free consultation.