Driving on a suspended license is a punishable offense in the state of Illinois. Unfortunately, determining the severity of that punishment is not always a straightforward process. There may be extenuating circumstances that may have led to the suspension that can work as aggravating factors. Further, if someone is injured or killed by someone driving on a suspended license, the consequences could change. Learn what you need to know about the potential consequences of driving on a suspended license in Illinois, and how you may be able to avoid them.
Minimum Consequences for Driving on a Suspended License
In the state of Illinois, driving on a suspended license is considered, at minimum, a Class A misdemeanor offense. This is the most serious form of misdemeanor, and it can lead to incarceration of up to one year. Convicted offenders may also face monetary fines, a longer suspension period, community service, extra points added to their record, and other possible consequences. Keep in mind, however, this is just the minimum consequence. Any aggravating factors can increase your penalties.
Aggravating Factors When Driving on a Suspended License
If you have already been convicted of driving while on a suspended license, had your license suspended for causing death or great bodily harm to another, or other aggravating factors in your case, you could face a felony charge. In some cases, the situation may be so severe that a conviction could result in up to seven years of imprisonment and significant fines and penalties. In such situations, it is critical that you immediately contact an experienced legal professional for assistance. Failure to do so could result in serious, long-lasting (potentially even lifelong) consequences.
Avoiding the Potential Consequences of Your Charges
Ideally, the best solution is to avoid driving until you can have your license reinstated. Of course, if you are already facing charges for driving on a suspended license, it may already be too late to take preventative actions. In such instances, an experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to help you either mitigate the charges or potentially avoid them altogether. In some instances, it may even still be possible to have your license reinstated after the current charges are dealt with.
At the Law Offices of Scott F. Anderson, we understand your concerns and we will fight to help you achieve the most favorable outcome in your case. Backed by more than 25 years of experience, our Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyers will protect your rights and best interests. Learn more about how we can help with your case. Call 847-253-3400 and schedule your personalized consultation today.
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