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The Illinois Vehicle Code authorizes the Secretary of State to suspend or revoke a state-issued driver’s license for a variety of reasons. A suspension results in the loss of driving privileges for a definite period of time. A revocation carries an indefinite loss of driving privileges.
Having your driver’s license reinstated after suspension or revocation involves a complicated legal process and an adversarial hearing before an officer of the Secretary of State. If you have had your driver’s license revoked or suspended, contact an experienced driver’s license reinstatement attorney at Drost, Gilbert, Andrew, & Apicella right away.
A driver who is seeking to have his license reinstated must participate in either a formal or an informal hearing. A driver is eligible to participate in the informal hearing process if the underlying offense did not involve a fatality and if the driver has not previously been convicted of DUI. Otherwise, the driver must participate in a formal hearing in order to have his license reinstated. Formal hearings must be requested in a written demand to the Secretary of State. The hearing may be scheduled any time up to 90-days after the written request is received. Formal hearings are recorded while informal hearings are not.
At both formal and informal hearings, the hearing officer will question the driver in an adversarial manner about his driving history and about the underlying facts pertaining to the revocation or suspension. Hearing officers are likely to deny a reinstatement request if there is significant inconsistency within or among the driver’s various statements or if the driver fails to offer persuasive proof that he is not a risk to public safety. In all reinstatement hearings, the burden of proof rests on the driver.
After the hearing, the hearing officer will present her decision. Ultimately, the hearing officer may deny the request for reinstatement or grant a Restricted Driver’s Permit (RDP). The officer will present the decision in the form of a detailed written order which is appealable to the circuit court.
You may seek the assistance of counsel throughout the driver’s license reinstatement process. An attorney who understands the complexities of the law and the reinstatement process will be an invaluable ally while you proceed through the driver’s license reinstatement process.
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.