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What is the Difference between Suspension and Revocation of a Driver’s License?

Suspension involves the loss of driving privileges for a definite period.  At the end of a suspension, a driver’s license will be reinstated after the necessary fees are paid. Revocation involves the indefinite loss of driving privileges.  If your license has been revoked, it can only be reinstated after a hearing before a hearing officer of the Illinois Secretary of State.

Will I Lose My License After DUI?

If you are convicted of DUI, the Illinois Secretary of State must revoke your driver’s license and your driving privileges can only be restored following a formal reinstatement hearing. Before the hearing, you must undergo an evaluation for drug or alcohol dependence and you will be given a risk classification based on this evaluation. At the hearing, you will carry the burden of proving that you are not a risk to public safety. You may lose your license even before conviction.  If you are arrested for DUI and you refuse to take a breathalyzer test, or if you register a blood alcohol level at or above .8, than you may be subject to statutory summary suspension of your license.

Why Do I Need A Lawyer at My Reinstatement Hearing?

Driver’s license reinstatement hearings are high-stakes adversarial proceedings.  The hearing officer will question you about your driving history and about the underlying facts that led to the revocation of your license.  Your answers will not only influence the outcome of the hearing in which the answers were given, but they will also affect the outcome of every future reinstatement hearing in which you participate. You will be “locked in” to your answers, so it is imperative that you have thought through your responses and included all relevant information, which could help you carry your burden of proving that you are not a risk to the public.

An experienced lawyer will thoroughly review your driving record and history, order transcripts of prior hearings and review your prior testimony.  Your attorney will give you advice at the hearing about how you should answer the questions, and will offer you guidance throughout the process. An attorney who understands the complexities of the law and the reinstatement process will help you put present your most persuasive case at the hearing and will give you the best possible chance of having your driver’s license reinstated

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What is a Restricted Driving Permit?

Restricted Driving Permits are sometimes called “hardship” licenses because they allow drivers who have lost her licenses to drive again for limited purposes, such as going to school or work, or attending medical appointments.  A driver who is successful at a revocation hearing in proving that he is not a risk to public safety must drive on a hardship license for a period before her driving privileges are fully restored.

Will I need to install a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlocking Device (“BAIID”)?

The Secretary of State sometimes requires a driver to install a BAIID in his car while he is driving on a restricted driving permit following revocation of his license for DUI. The BAAID disables the vehicle ignition until the driver breaths into the device shows that he is not intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol.

Skilled Driver’s License Reinstatement Attorneys at DGAA

If your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked, it is important that you consult with an attorney right away.  Contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella today to speak to an experienced driver’s license reinstatement attorney.  Your DGAA lawyer will aggressively pursue your cause and will fight to ensure that your driving privileges are reinstated. We have offices in Chicago and Cook County, and we serve clients throughout the greater Chicagoland area including Joliet, Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Inverness, Schaumburg, and Barrington.