Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License May Result in Harsher DUI Consequences
If you are convicted of DUI in the state of Illinois, it is likely that your driver’s license will be revoked suspended for a certain period of time. Once you have completed your DUI sentence, you still have to apply to get your license back. You may have to pay a fee or go through additional administrative steps in order to do so. In the meantime, if you drive before your license is reinstated, you are risking harsher penalties for any other DUI convictions in the future.
Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License
It is illegal in the state of Illinois for you to drive a vehicle while your driver’s license is suspended or revoked. The criminal charge that you receive for this offense depends on the reason that you lost your license in the first place. Regardless of what level of criminal offense you face, a conviction for driving on a suspended license will result in the Secretary of State re-suspending your license for a period of time that is equal in length to the original period of suspension. If you are convicted of driving on a revoked license, the Secretary of State will revoke your license for an additional period of one year following the date of your conviction. This suspension or revocation is in addition to the other penalties that you receive for the offense, which depend on the level of offense of which you are convicted. Any conviction is likely to involve community service or jail time under Illinois law.
Increase in Future DUI Consequences
Under Illinois law, the state can increase the severity of your DUI charges based on your prior DUI history if you are caught driving on a suspended or revoked license. For instance, suppose that you have one previous conviction for DUI. When you are arrested for DUI a second time, you normally would face a Class A misdemeanor. However, if you were arrested for DUI while driving on a suspended license, you could instead face a felony DUI charge. In other words, you will receive a harsher penalties for a subsequent DUI conviction if you are caught driving while suspended, as opposed to driving on a valid license. This is a type of sentence enhancement under Illinois law, or additional punishment added to criminal offenses because you did something that made the situation worse, like driving under the influence and with a suspended or revoked license.
Call Your St. Charles DUI Defense Lawyer for Help
In this situation, the assistance of an experienced Naperville criminal defense lawyer can be essential to fighting DUI charges and avoiding incarceration and the other negative consequences of a DUI conviction. Call the attorneys of Donahue, Sowa & Magana today at 630-505-5200 or 630-762-1780, and learn how we can help you deal with any type of criminal charges that you may be facing.