Illinois Secretary of State Hearings Attorneys
Naperville Secretary of State Hearings Law Firm Serving DuPage and Kane County
If your drivers’ license has been suspended or revoked, you may be eligible for reinstatement or for a restricted driving permit (RDF) in certain circumstances. In order for reinstatement to occur or for an RDF to be approved, you will need to go through a secretary of state hearing. This process can be a little confusing to many individuals, as the process varies depending on your specific circumstances, driving record, and other factors.
An experienced attorney from Donahue & Sowa can help you understand your options and help you determine the most direct path to regaining your ability to drive.
Informal Hearing vs. Formal Hearing
In general, hearings before the secretary of state fall into one of two categories: either an informal hearing or a formal hearing. Informal hearings are distinct from formal hearings in that:
- No appointment is required;
- They are conducted by informal hearing officers at Drivers Services facilities; and
- Individuals are eligible for this type of hearing if their license was suspended or revoked for a first-time DUI, something that did not involve a fatality or other lesser violations.
In contrast, formal hearings:
- Must be scheduled ahead of time by mail;
- Require a $50 filing fee;
- Are required when the suspension/revocation is a result of more than one DUI or an incident involving a fatality; and
- A failure to appear at a scheduled formal hearing can result in further suspension of driving privileges.
If you are unsure which type of hearing is right for you, or whether it would apply to your situation, contact a knowledgeable and local traffic law attorney. Pursuing the wrong type of hearing can result in wasted time, confusion, and delays in reinstatement. In some cases, you may be eligible for restricted driving privileges sooner than you might think.
At Donahue & Sowa, we can help you make the necessary plans and file the appropriate paperwork to get you back on the road so you can get to work, take care of your children, and move forward with your life. We draw on decades of local legal experience to help our clients resolve their concerns, making the law easier to understand and accessible to everyone.
If you or someone you know is dealing with a suspended or revoked drivers license and needs to schedule or attend a hearing before the Secretary of State, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We represent traffic law and DUI clients including those who have secretary of state hearings throughout Illinois, including those who live in St. Charles, Naperville, Will County, Kane County, and Cook County.