How Do I Know if My Illinois License Is Suspended?
When is the last time you checked the validity of your driver’s license? For most people, your license is in good standing. We assume that if our license is suspended, we would know. However, many Americans drive around daily with a suspended license without any idea that they are breaking the law. The Illinois Secretary of State suspends driving privileges for a variety of reason, and in some cases, there is no reason for anyone to let the driver know. Driving with a suspended license becomes a legal predicament if an officer pulls you over.
How Licenses Become Suspended
Your driving privileges may be temporarily withdrawn or suspended for a period of time. In many situations, the suspension is due to an unpaid fine, traffic violation or other driving-related infraction. Yet, there are reasons for suspension that have nothing to do with driving at all. These are a few of the offenses that may result in an invalid license:
- Fleeing a police officer;
- Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL);
- Repeated vehicle collisions;
- Failure to Appear;
- Parking suspension;
- Failure to provide proof of insurance;
- Automatic traffic violations suspension;
- Failure to pay fine;
- Tollway violations or evasions; and
- Failure to pay child support payments.
How to Verify License Validity
Driving with a suspended license is a criminal offense which requires more than a payment of a fine, as is the case with a traffic infraction. A conviction could mean jail time of up to a year and steep penalties. Therefore, it is imperative that you know the status of your license before starting the ignition. To check your license verification:
- Call, go online, or stop by the DMV to obtain a copy of your driving record; or
- Call your auto insurance agent.
Contact Your Attorney
Driving with a suspended license is a serious offense which can impact not only your criminal record, but also affect your ability to keep your job, go to school, and obtain auto insurance. You may be able to prevent these outcomes by hiring a knowledgeable and experienced Wheaton suspended license attorney. The lawyers at Davi Law Group, LLC have experience as both defense attorneys and prosecutors, which gives our clients an advantage in court. You can depend on us to protect your rights and minimize the effects this incident has on your future, all at an affordable rate. Call us today at 630-580-6373.