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Crystal Lake Traffic Attorneys

McHenry criminal law attorney

Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License in Illinois

In Illinois, driving while your license is suspended or revoked is a serious crime. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you could be charged with a petty offense, a misdemeanor, or a felony. Penalties for a conviction can include fines, community service, and even jail time. At the law office of Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, we strive to minimize the consequences our clients face. Our criminal law attorneys have handled all types of traffic offenses and we have a history of securing successful outcomes for our clients.

Criminal Charges For Driving On A Suspended Or Revoked License In Illinois

Many people do not think of criminal traffic offense as serious crimes, but if you have lost your driving privileges and have been stopped and arrested while suspended or revoked, the consequences can be severe. This is particularly true if you lost your license because of a DUI or for a conviction related to reckless homicide, or if you have multiple convictions for driving without driving privileges. Charges for driving on a revoked license under these conditions are typically felony charges and carry the potential of significant fines and prison time. (625 ILCS 5/6-303).

It is important to understand the distinction between DWLR versus DWLS. If your license is suspended, then your license will be reinstated after a period of time set by statute and the payment of a reinstatement fee. Our attorneys can either shorten or even rescind the suspension by conducting a hearing before a judge or through successful negotiations with the prosecutor.

If your license is revoked, on the other hand, then neither a judge nor the prosecutor has the authority to reinstate your driving privileges. If your license is revoked, you will become eligible for reinstatement after a period of time, but the Secretary of State can continue to deny your driving privileges for an indefinite period of time. In order to regain your driving privileges, you must undergo either a formal or informal Administrative Hearing before a hearing officer at the Secretary of State's Office. After this hearing is conducted, the Secretary of State will then decide whether to reinstate your driving permit, issue a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP), or continue to deny your driving privileges.

Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of the law and litigate these type of charges daily in court, as well as before the Secretary of State. We can help you to successfully navigate the court system and the Administrative proceedings with the Secretary of State and get you back on the road legally.

If you have been arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license, contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Our firm is located in Crystal Lake, Illinois and we work with clients in McHenry County and Kane County. We have flexible office hours for appointments and consultations. We accept credit cards and offer payment plans.

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