– John R.
After a driver’s license has been revoked or suspended by the Secretary of State under the Illinois Vehicle Code a driver may seek partial reinstatement of his driving privileges through the grant of a restricted driving permit. The process of obtaining a restricted driving permit is complicated and involves an adversarial hearing before an officer of the Secretary of State. If you are seeking the partial restoration of your driving privileges through a restricted driving permit, contact an experienced restricted driving permit attorney at Drost, Gilbert, Andrew, & Apicella right away.
A driver whose license has been suspended or revoked may be eligible to receive a restricted driving permit. While a revoked driver may not seek full reinstatement of his driving privileges before his eligibility date at the end of the revocation period, he may request a restricted driving permit. A suspended driver may seek either full reinstatement of his driving permit, or partial reinstatement through the restricted driving permit procedure.
First, the driver must request a hearing before a hearing officer of the Secretary of State. At the hearing, the driver must prove that a “hardship” has resulted from the loss of his driving privileges. If the hearing officer grants the driver a restricted driving permit, the driver will be allowed to drive only for certain purposes and at certain times in order to access employment, education, recommended alcohol or drug treatment, or to transport himself, a family member, a child, elderly or disabled person living in his household for medical, day care, or educational purposes when there is no other means of transportation available.
Before he can drive again, the holder of the restricted driving permit must pay an issuance fee for the permit, along with proof of financial responsibility, and verification of the purpose for which the restricted driving permit has been granted, such as education, employment, or medical needs. Some restricted driving permits will also require that the driver install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (“BAIID”). The BAIID device will measure the driver’s blood alcohol content before the car can be driven in order to insure that the driver is not intoxicated. The device must be installed and serviced at the driver’s expense.
If your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked and you have a hardship which would support the grant of a restricted driving permit, it is important that you consult with an attorney right away. Contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella today to speak to an experienced restricted driving permit 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 Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Inverness, Schaumburg, Barrington, and Joliet.