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Kane County License Reinstatement Attorney

One mistake can seriously impact not only an individual, but also the livelihood of their entire family. Illinois state law allows for driver’s license suspension or revocation for a wide variety of infractions, some of which have nothing to do with actual driving habits. Most people do not realize the importance of a valid driver’s license is until it is gone.

Reinstatement can be costly, which leaves many Illinois residents without driving privileges long after the suspension period ends. Find out how you can get your privileges back via the options below:

Pay the Required Fees

Most residents choose to wait out the required suspension or revocation period patiently. Once the designated term passes, a fee is due, along with other potential requirements. Current possible fees include:

  • Discretionary suspension: $70.
  • Family responsibility: $70.
  • Field sobriety suspension: $250.
  • Statutory summary suspension (first offense): $250.
  • Statutory summary suspension (repeat offense): $500.

Communicate With the Court

With more serious offenses, the amount due to reinstate a license can be in the thousands of dollars. This might be because of multiple offenses, unpaid tickets, or other events that contribute to an unpayable amount. 

There may be another option. Every judge and court is different, but in some situations, a reduction of fees is possible. Another possibility is the arrangement of a payment plan. This might include an additional interest charge or convenience fee, but the extra expense is often minor if it means the return of driving privileges. Lastly, some judges may work out a deal to exchange community service hours in place of payment.

Call a Kane County Criminal Defense Attorney

If you currently face the loss of your license, there are ways to avoid that and the subsequent reinstatement fee. An Elgin driver’s license reinstatement attorney can help find the best option for your situation. Everyone makes mistakes, and we believe one lapse in judgment should not affect the rest of your life. Attorney Brian J. Mirandola has more than 20 years of experience in criminal law, including seven as an assistant prosecutor, which gives him unique strategic insight. Let us help minimize the possible negative impact on your future. Call us today at 847-488-0889 to schedule a free consultation.


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hard time, Illinois license reinstatement attorneyPrior to 2016, if you failed or refused a roadside test for blood-alcohol content (BAC) in Illinois, your driving privileges would be automatically suspended for a period of time. The exact length of the suspension was based on your past history and whether you failed the test or refused to take—refusals resulted in longer suspensions. Such suspensions were—and still are—handed down by the Secretary of State’s office and are separate from the process of filing and prosecuting a driver for driving under the influence (DUI).

In recent years, modern technology has led to the introduction of driving relief programs that incorporate the use ignition interlock devices to ensure that a driver is sober when getting behind the wheel. These programs also allowed more drivers to get back on the road legally, despite their ongoing suspension of full driving privileges. The law, however, required a suspended driver to serve at least 30 days of "hard time" for a first offense with no ability to drive whatsoever. Repeat offenders were subject to even longer periods of full suspension.

Evolving Attitudes

The hard time provision in the law has long been criticized as counterproductive. For most people, automobile transportation is a necessity of daily living, and those serving a hard time suspension still need to get to work and provide for their families. Many had no other option but to drive illegally, without the coverage of insurance, to maintain their livelihood. There was also the issue of certain prosecutors striking deals with defendants, allowing drivers to skip the suspension in exchange for large fines, which means that the suspensions were not even being applied equitably throughout the state.

Finally, anti-DUI experts and interest groups, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), addressed the issue. MADD sent a letter to the Illinois legislature pointing out that, in light of the availability of ignition interlock devices, mandatory suspensions were found to be more dangerous than allowing drivers to get back on the road in a supervised manner. Late last year, Illinois lawmakers took action and removed the hard time provisions effective January 1, 2016, allowing drivers to apply for relief programs immediately.

Expected Impacts

With the elimination of hard time suspensions, state officials expect to find fewer drivers on the road illegally with a suspended license. They are also hopeful that the number of questionable plea deals with prosecutors will be reduced. Proponents also suggest that by including treatment requirements as part of the eligibility criteria for the relief programs, repeat offenses will also be less likely.

If you are facing a DUI-related license suspension or your license has been revoked due to a conviction, contact an experienced Elgin license reinstatement attorney today. Attorney Brian J. Mirandola has helped many clients get back on the road quickly and he is ready to help you do the same. Call 847-488-0889 for a free consultation.


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