Suspended and Revoked License

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Suspended and Revoked License

For a number of reasons, the state has the authority to suspend or revoke your driver rights. A revoked License has been permanently confiscated from you, it is no longer active, and you cannot legally drive a vehicle, but the duration of a license suspension is predetermined, and when it is over, you can regain driving privileges after paying a reinstatement charge. 

Depending on the offense, there are specific procedures and paperwork that must be finished in order to get reinstatement. To make sure that you are abiding by all relevant laws and regulations, it is crucial to comprehend the distinctions between these two terms.

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Driving on a Suspended License in Illinois

It is essential to understand the potential repercussions and illegal implications of driving with a suspended license in Illinois.

You could face criminal charges for driving a vehicle while your driver's license may be suspended. In some cases, this might result in penalties, including fines, probation, or even jail time. Your car can be seized, and you would have to pay fines to get it back. In addition to harsh criminal consequences, the Illinois Secretary of State has the authority to prolong or continue the suspension. 

It is crucial to speak with a suspended license attorney with experience in Illinois traffic law in order to navigate this complex issue. Mr. Sergei Kuchinski at Kuchinski Law Group is an experienced attorney,  who can guide you through the legal process, explain your rights, and work to reduce the potential consequences. 

Penalties for Driving with a Suspended License

According to the law, charged under 625 ILCS 5/6-303 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, An offender could be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor, a maximum fine of $2,500 and up to 364 days in county jail. If your license was suspended immediately after a DUI, a first-time conviction comes with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 days in jail or 30 days (240 hours) of community service.

A second violation after being suspended immediately after a DUI might result in a Class 4 felony penalty. If found guilty, the offender faces a fine of no more than $25,000 and a potential sentence of one to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The penalty carries a required minimum sentence of 300 hours of community service or 30 days in jail.

The Secretary of State will prolong your suspension if you are found guilty of driving with a suspended license for the same period of time as it was initially suspended. 

How to reinstate a suspended or revoked license

It's crucial to know the procedures needed to have your license reinstated if it has been suspended or revoked. The process of getting your driving privileges back can be complicated; thus, consulting a suspended license lawyer is strongly advised. 

In the event that you are found guilty of DUI or DWI, the Secretary of State is required to revoke your driving privileges. You can only get driving relief by going through the Secretary of State's Department of Administrative Hearings.

Your lawyer sends a written request to the Secretary of State requesting a formal hearing. They will mail you a hearing notification with the time and date of your hearing approximately 14 days after you submit your request. You must get a hearing date from their office that is no later than 90 days from the time of your request. Fortunately, the hearings are often scheduled about six weeks in advance.

  • You will Pay a $50 filing fee if you are required to have a formal reinstatement hearing or, if eligible, a no-fee informal hearing. 
  • Obtain a favorable decision by appearing before a hearing officer and bring the necessary documentation.
  • File evidence of your financial stability. 
  • Pass the vision test, written test, and driving test.

A hearing officer is tasked with hearing your case and compiling your documentation and testimony into a written report. The report may take up to 90 days to be prepared, and you won't get a ruling on the same day of the hearing.

Sergei Kuchinski, Esq. is a traffic law attorney who specializes in these cases and can help you navigate the process. We can assist you with comprehending the demands, such as filling out any required documentation, going to any required hearings or meetings, paying any overdue fees or fines, and striving to minimize any negative outcomes. Your chances of successfully regaining your license can be significantly improved by having an experienced attorney on your side, and the cards won't be stacked against you anymore.

Make sure your rights are upheld by getting professional assistance in overcoming any potential legal obstacles.

Driving on a Revoked License Illinois

In Illinois, it is illegal to drive with a DMV revoked license, due to a number of factors, like having been convicted of DUI or accruing too many moving offenses. If you are caught with a license revoked DUI, the Secretary of State will not consider restoring it for at least a year after your conviction. It can be a challenging and drawn-out process that necessitates adhering to strict DMV guidelines. To negotiate this difficult circumstance and fight toward restoring your rights, it is essential to speak with an attorney. 

 Can a Revoked License be Reinstated?

A revocation is the permanent loss of a driving privilege. Even when the revocation term has expired, reinstatement is not "automatically" granted. Instead, a person becomes 'eligible' for reinstatement and is unable to drive until appearing at a hearing before the Secretary of State and being given driving rights.

To remedy the issue that led to the state revoking your rights in the first place, you might have the option of going back to court. You might be able to return to court and have your lawyer prove to the judge that you have completed the treatment on a DUI case.  The judge has the authority to overturn a conviction, which would allow you to reapply for a reinstatement.

It is essential to abide by all applicable laws and regulations and to seek legal counsel that ensures you get a revoked license back and a smooth and successful reinstatement process.


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