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Getting Your License Back After a Suspension or Revocation in Illinois

Posted on in License Reinstatement

Elgin license defense lawyerWithout a valid driver’s license, your ability to work, run errands, and take care of your family could be jeopardized. A suspension or revocation of your license may result from a DUI or serious traffic violation. No matter what reason you lost your license, an experienced driver’s license reinstatement attorney can help you get reinstated and get your life moving again.

Formal and Informal Hearings to Reinstate Your License

There is a process that must be followed before your license can be reinstated. If you drive on a suspended or revoked license, you could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and risk stiff fines and even jail time.

If your license was suspended or revoked for minor traffic violations, a first-time DUI, or an offense that did not involve a fatality, the first step is an informal hearing in front of a hearing officer with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. These hearings are available at select Driver Services facilities and are held on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary.

If your revocation or suspension was due to a more serious violation, such as an offense that involved a fatality or you have had multiple DUIs, you need to request a formal hearing. At these hearings, which are held at a limited number of locations around the state, the hearing officer will hear both testimony and documentary evidence.

At both types of hearing, you should be well-prepared to answer any questions from the hearing officer, which an attorney can help you prepare for. The decision of the Secretary of State’s office will be based on the information presented at the hearing and the circumstances of your cases. The outcome of either hearing can be:

  • Full reinstatement of your license
  • Denial of your request
  • Granting of a restricted driving permit.

A restricted driving permit allows you to drive only during certain parts of the day to perform errands and commute to work. Depending on the situation, a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) may be required to be installed on their vehicle at the owner’s cost.

Contact an Elgin Driver’s License Defense Attorney

To be prepared for either hearing it is best to contact an experienced Kane County driver’s license reinstatement lawyer. At The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola, we can help you prepare your case and work towards the best outcome, which is often getting your license back or obtaining a restricted driving permit. Call 847-488-0889 to set up your free consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/administrative_hearings/howdoi.html

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