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traffic violations, license reinstated, license suspension, Naperville DUI defense lawyers, drug education courseThere are two ways an Illinois driver can “lose” his or her driver’s license: suspension and revocation. When a driver’s license is suspended, the driver is prohibited from driving for a specific period of time, during which he or she may be required to fulfill requirements like a driver education course or an alcohol education course. When a driver’s license is revoked, he or she is indefinitely barred from driving. In both of these scenarios, the driver can have his or her license reinstated. How and when the license is reinstated depends on whether it was suspended or revoked and in some cases, the circumstances surrounding the revocation.

If your License is Suspended, You Must Wait Until it is Finished

When a driver’s license is suspended, it is suspended for a specific period of time. This could be a few months, one year, or even a few years.

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DUI charge, Naperville DUI defense lawyers, DUI defense, wet reckless charge, plea bargainWhen an individual is facing one or more criminal charges, it is often possible for him or her to have one of the charges dismissed or the single charge reduced in exchange for a plea of “guilty” or “no contest” to a less severe charge. This is known as a plea bargain. In Illinois, it is possible to have a DUI charge reduced through a plea bargain. This reduced charge is known as a “wet reckless” and is a type of reckless driving charge. Moreover, the defendant faces the penalties associated with a reckless driving conviction instead of those associated with a DUI. These penalties are less severe than the penalties for a DUI conviction.

Along with avoiding the consequences for a DUI, the defendant also avoids having a DUI conviction on his or her record, which can provide an advantage later if he or she is charged with a subsequent DUI. It is also important to note that, in most cases, a DUI cannot be expunged in Illinois.

What to Consider if you are Offered a Plea for your DUI Charge

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felony DUI, DUI charge, Naperville DUI defense lawyers, DUI conviction, Class 2 felonyThere are a few circumstances under which an individual can be charged with a felony-level DUI in Illinois. A felony DUI charge is also known as an aggravated DUI due to the presence of one or more aggravating factors, facts about the incident that render it more destructive, more severe, or due to a greater level of malice or recklessness on the offender’s part. It is possible for one’s first DUI to be charged as a felony if there are aggravating factors present in the case.

The penalties an individual faces for a felony DUI conviction are far steeper than those for a misdemeanor DUI, the “regular” type of DUI conviction for first time offenders. For a felony DUI conviction, a defendant can face one year or longer in prison and thousands of dollars’ worth of fines. With any DUI conviction, the driver can also potentially have his or her driver’s license suspended or revoked. When a DUI is charged as a felony, the circumstances present in the case determine its charge level.

Class 4 Felony DUI

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Naperville DUI defense lawyers, DUI charges, DUI conviction, DUI offense, DUI arrestThere are certain traffic violations that you are better off accepting, paying your fine, and moving on with your life. DUI is not one of them. If you are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or another drug, you will face criminal and administrative penalties. It is always in your best interest to work with an experienced lawyer to fight a DUI charge.

Penalties for a First Time DUI Conviction in Illinois

In Illinois, a first time DUI offense is a Class A misdemeanor. An individual convicted of this offense faces the following:

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