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Naperville, IL criminal defense lawyerFor some Americans, driving is one of the small pleasures in life. Going for a drive gives you a sense of freedom and independence that is unique and unparalleled when compared with other activities. However, for many, driving is more than just a fun activity. It can be a necessity, and being unable to drive can directly affect one's livelihood. Most people would think that a moving violation, or an infraction committed while driving, is the only way to lose your driving privileges. While this is one potential reason why a driver's license may be suspended or revoked, there are many other ways you can lose your legal ability to drive. In fact, some of these circumstances are not directly related to driving, or they may not have anything to do with driving at all. These cases include:

Driving While Under the Influence

One of the most obvious ways you can lose your driving privileges is by driving while you are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol (DUI). Under Illinois’ statutory summary suspension law, you will automatically have your driver's license suspended if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is more than 0.08 when you were arrested or if you refuse to take a chemical test of your BAC. This suspension will take place even if you are not convicted of DUI charges. If you are convicted, you will face additional penalties alongside the statutory summary suspension. 

Failing to Pay Child Support

The state of Illinois believes that every parent has a duty to financially provide for their children. Because of this, child support orders are taken extremely seriously. If you do not pay your legally mandated child support, or if you fall behind on your payments, you could lose your driving privileges. After three months have passed since your last payment, the process to suspend your driver’s license will commence.

Failing to Pay Fines or Parking Tickets or Appear in Court

If you have more than 10 unpaid parking tickets, your municipality may request to have your driver’s license suspended. Likewise, you can also have your driving privileges suspended if you have failed to pay five or more automated traffic violation fines or fees. If your presence is requested in court, and you fail to appear during your hearing, the court may take away your driving privileges. The Circuit Clerk’s office can request to have your driving privileges suspended.

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DuPage County driver’s license defense lawyer, driver’s license suspension, license revocation, DUI, driving privilegesThe loss of one's driving privileges can present a considerable obstacle in daily life. While you once had reliable transportation for work and appointments, you must now rely on friends or public transport. Moreover, the loss of your driver's license can additionally result in showing up late to work, and thus decrease your employability. Unfortunately, driver’s license suspension or revocation does not always occur only because of poor driving habits. If you find yourself in financial hardship, licensure loss may follow.

What Actions Result in Suspension?

Driving under the influence is one recognizable behavior likely to result in a suspension of driving privileges. However, a there is a surprising list of other actions that result in a loss of driving rights but are not road-related.

Your privileges may be temporarily withdrawn the Illinois Secretary of State with any of the following behaviors:

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suspended driver’s license, revoked driver’s license, DuPage County criminal defense lawyer, DUI, driving privilegesIf you are caught driving on a suspended or revoked license in the state of Illinois, there may be very serious consequences that follow. You may lose future employment opportunities, lifelong driving privileges, and quality of life. Therefore, it is important to understand the consequences of driving on a suspended or revoked license, as to prevent lost opportunities in the future.

Consequences of Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

A suspended or revoked license may result from driving under the influence. However, depending on how many times an individual is caught driving with a suspended or revoked license, the charges become more severe.

  • If an individual is convicted for the first time, he or she may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, 10 days in jail or 30 days of community service, fines of no more than $2,500, additional suspension or revocation of the driver’s license, and potential seizure of the vehicle.
  • For the second conviction, the individual may be faced with a Class 4 felony, a minimum of 30 days in jail or 300 hours of community service, additional suspension or revocation of the driver’s license, and potential seizure of the vehicle. If the individual committed reckless homicide, DUI, refusing a chemical test, or leaving the scene of the accident that caused serious injury or death, then he or she could be faced with a Class 2 felony.
  • If the individual is convicted for driving on a suspended or revoked license for the third time, then he or she may be charged with a minimum of 30 days in jail or 300 hours of community service, and additional suspension or revocation of the driver’s license, and potential vehicle seizure or forfeiture. If the individual committed reckless homicide, DUI, refusing a chemical test, or leaving the scene of the accident that caused serious injury or death, he or she may face a Class 1 felony.
  • For the fourth through the ninth convictions, the individual may face a Class 4 felony, a minimum of 180 days in jail, additional suspension or revocation of the driver’s license, and potential vehicle seizure. If he or she committed reckless homicide, DUI, refused a chemical test, or left the scene of the accident that caused serious injury or death, he or she may face a Class 1 felony.
  • For the tenth through fourteenth convictions, the individual may face a Class 3 felony and may not be eligible for probation. He or she may face additional suspension or revocation of the driver’s license, as well as possible seizure of the vehicle.
  • For the fifteenth and other subsequent convictions, the individual may face a Class 2 felony, and may not eligible for probation. His or her driver’s license may be suspended or revoked for additional time, and the vehicle may be seized.

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