The Secretary of State can suspend your Illinois Driver’s License for a variety of reasons, including:
– Driving under the influence of alcohol or an illegal substance (“DUI”)
– Failure to pay parking tickets
– Failure to pay court-ordered child support
– Failure to appear in court to answer a traffic citation
– Excessive moving violations while driving
– Causing a car accident while driving without insurance
– Fleeing a police officer
If your driver’s license has been suspended, you will receive a written notice from the Secretary of State, which will inform you of the suspension and will instruct you to surrender your license. A suspension involves the temporary loss of driving privileges for a definite period of time. At the end of the suspension period, you will need to pay a reinstatement fee before your license can be reinstated.
If you wish to have your driving privileges reinstated before the end of the suspension period, you will need to know the specific reason that your license was suspended and you will need to rectify the problems that the secretary of state’s office has identified. Once you have addressed the problem, by obtaining necessary insurance, paying traffic tickets, or otherwise addressing the specific reasons for your suspension, you will be able to proceed with reinstatement of your driving privileges.
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If you are arrested for DUI in Illinois, you may be subject to a special driver’s license suspension process called statutory summary suspension “SSS.” Statutory suspension results in the automatic suspension of your driver’s license, even without being convicted of the underlying offense. If you are pulled over while driving your vehicle, and a police officer suspects DUI, he or she will ask you to submit to a breathalyzer test. If you refuse to submit to the test, or if the result is a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, your license will be automatically suspended under the statutory suspension provisions. If you wish to challenge the suspension of your license resulting from a DUI charge, you must first complete a drug and alcohol evaluation. As a result of this evaluation, you will receive a risk classification designation, which will ultimately affect the circumstances under which your suspended license may be restored:
If your driver’s license has been suspended, it is important that you consult with an attorney right away. If you drive while your license remains suspended, you can be charged with driving with a suspended license, a criminal offense that is punishable with fines and/or jail time.
Contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella today to speak to an experienced driver’s license suspension 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.