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St. Charles driver's license resintatement lawyer

Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, even while operating a vehicle. Having your Illinois driver’s license suspended or revoked because of a traffic violation or accident can turn your life upside down. Without a license, you may have to rely on friends and family for rides or pay for a taxi. Even ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft can get expensive when you consider the cost over many months. If you have a job, classes you must attend, or a family to take care of, it is important that you get your driving privileges reinstated as soon as possible. Driver’s license reinstatement in Illinois is possible with the help of an experienced lawyer. 

Suspension Versus Revocation

There is one big difference between having your license suspended and having it revoked. A suspension lasts for a defined length of time, such as six months. When your driver’s license is revoked, however, you have lost it indefinitely. You can apply to have your license reinstated after 12 months, but you are not guaranteed to be approved for a reinstatement based on your driving record. 

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If you are convicted of a DUI, you can face severe penalties - expensive fines, jail time, and the loss of your driving privileges. In Illinois, you do not have to be convicted of DUI for the state to suspend your driver’s license. If you fail or refuse to submit to a breath or blood test of your blood-alcohol content, your driver’s license may automatically be suspended for at least six months. If you are a convicted first-time DUI offender, there is a minimum driver’s license revocation of one year. 

Getting your driver’s license back can be complicated, in part because you are required to attend a Secretary of State hearing before your privileges will be reinstated. There are two types of Secretary of State hearings: informal and formal. The hearing you are asked to attend depends on the circumstances surrounding your DUI. It is critical to know what hearing you must attend, as the requirements for both hearings are different.

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Naperville driver’s license reinstatement lawyer, driver's license reinstatement, traffic violations, DUI, suspended driver's licenseThere are several different reasons why an individual’s driver’s license can be suspended or revoked in Illinois. Reasons include DUI charges, punishment for certain civil offenses like failing to appear in court when required and accruing a substantial amount of unpaid child support, and exceeding the state’s limit for traffic violations during a one-year period. When a driver’s license is suspended or revoked, the individual cannot legally operate any motor vehicle.

Once the suspension period is over, the individual can have his or her driver’s license reinstated. In some cases, an individual whose license was revoked can also have it reinstated and drive again.

At minimum, a year must pass from an individual’s revocation for him or her to seek a driver’s license reinstatement. For an individual with multiple DUI convictions, this period is longer.

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