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DuPage County criminal defense attorney license reinstatement

There are many ways that you could lose your driver's license in Illinois, but by far, the most common way Illinois motorists lose their driving privileges is by being arrested and/or convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. According to the Illinois Secretary of State, there were more than 26,000 DUI arrests across the state in 2018. Of those arrested, 90 percent of the drivers who were eligible to lose their driving privileges did have their licenses suspended or revoked. It can be frustrating to deal with a driver’s license revocation, but it can be even more frustrating to deal with the criminal consequences of driving while on a suspended or revoked license.

Punishments for Illinois Traffic Violations

If your driver’s license has been taken away because of a DUI, obeying that suspension or revocation is not optional. If you choose to drive while your driving privileges have been suspended or revoked, you could face criminal charges that could compound your situation. These include:

  • First offense: The first time you are caught driving with a suspended or revoked license, you may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. This offense is punishable by up to one year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines. This charge comes with a mandatory jail sentence of at least 10 days or 30 days of community service. In addition to any of those penalties, you also face a suspension of your driving privileges for double the original amount of time. If your license was revoked, you face an additional year of revocation.
  • Second offense:  If you are stopped while driving with a suspended or revoked license a second time, you can be charged with a Class 4 felony. In Illinois, Class 4 felonies carry one to three years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. However, if the initial suspension or revocation was due to refusing a chemical test, reckless homicide, DUI, or fleeing the scene of a collision involving bodily injury or death, the charge is increased to a Class 2 felony. For this offense, there is a mandatory 30-day jail sentence or 300 hours of community service. In addition, you also will receive a license suspension of double the amount of the original period of suspension or an additional year of revocation.

Contact a Wheaton, IL Criminal Defense Attorney 

Being charged and convicted of a DUI in Illinois can result in serious consequences, including the loss of your driver’s license. Life can become increasingly difficult if you are unable to drive yourself or your family members to work or important appointments. At the Davi Law Group, LLC, we understand how much a driver’s license suspension or revocation can affect your daily life. Our skilled team of DuPage County DUI defense lawyers will help you not only receive temporary driving relief during your suspension or revocation period, but we will also help you reinstate your driving privileges once you are eligible. To learn more and schedule your free consultation, call our office today at 630-580-6373.

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Wheaton, IL suspended revoked drivers license attorneyThere is a multitude of reasons you can have your driving privileges taken away from you -- being convicted of a DUI, not paying your traffic tickets, not showing up in court and not paying child support are just a few ways you can have your license suspended or revoked. Whatever the reason, driving while your license is suspended or revoked is a bad idea. It can lead to even more trouble, like hefty fines and in some cases, jail time. Being caught driving while your license is suspended or revoked can also make it more difficult to have your license reinstated and may even increase the amount of time that your license is suspended or revoked.

First Offense

According to Illinois law, a person who is caught driving with a suspended or revoked license will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense. You will face a mandatory sentence of 10 days in jail or 30 days of community service and fines of up to $2,500. If you were driving on a suspended license, your license will be suspended for double the original suspension period. If you were driving on a revoked license, your license will be revoked for an additional year.

Second Offense

If you are caught driving on a suspended or revoked license a second time, you will be charged with a Class 4 felony. This means you will face a minimum of 30 days in jail or 300 hours of community service. You will also face a suspension of your driving privileges for double the original suspension period or an additional year added to your revocation period. A second offense can also result in your vehicle being seized or forfeited. If your first suspension or revocation of your driver’s license was for charges such as reckless homicide, DUI, refusing a chemical test or leaving the scene of a crash, you will be charged with a Class 2 felony.

Have You Been Caught Driving With a Suspended or Revoked License? A Wheaton, IL Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

Nobody likes having their driving privileges taken away from them. Though your life becomes difficult after your license has been suspended or revoked, your life will be even more difficult if you are caught driving during your suspension or revocation period. At the Davi Law Group, LLC, we understand how suspended or revoked licenses can affect your everyday life. Our experienced DuPage County license suspension lawyers can help you mitigate any charges that you may be facing for driving on a suspended or revoked license and our knowledgeable driver’s license reinstatement lawyers can help you get back behind the wheel as soon as possible. Call our office today at 630-580-6373 to schedule a free consultation.

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DuPage County criminal law attorney, license suspensionMistakes occur regularly. Sometimes we forget to do something extremely important, like renewing our car registration on time or paying a ticket. Occasionally, we can become lost in thought and miss a speed traffic sign. However, if these things are overlooked time and again, the suspension of your driver's license or even the revocation of your driving privileges may result. Therefore, it is important to understand the various circumstances that, if handled incorrectly, could result in the loss of all driving privileges, either for a short time or indefinitely.

How Suspension Occurs

In Illinois, there are a variety of reasons that may result in the suspension of your driving privileges. Moreover, it may be surprising to discover that violations do not necessarily need to occur while you are driving, nor do they have to be vehicle related at all. A driver’s license may be taken away for the following reasons:

  • Traffic Violations: Three or more violations are received within a 12 month (one year) period;
  • Failure to Appear in Court: or otherwise take care of your traffic citation on or before your court date;
  • Parking Violations: 10 or more parking violations;
  • Failure to Pay Child Support: The “Deadbeats Don’t Drive” Act makes it possible for your license to be suspended due to non-payment of court ordered child support payments;
  • Tollway Violations: If you do not pay your tollway fees, you will be susceptible to violations and more than five violations, you may be facing suspension;
  • Safety Responsibility: If the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) finds you at fault for an accident and you do not have liability insurance, you may then face up to two years of license suspension;
  • Underage Drinking: The legal drinking age is 21 years of age; 
  • Use of a Fake ID: This is a serious charge and may result in suspension among other consequences; and
  • DUI: A conviction of a DUI either due to alcohol, drugs, or even prescription medication can be penalized with a suspension. 

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