Being convicted of a DUI is not just stressful and embarrassing; it can seriously impact your life. No longer can you simply jump in your car and drive to work or the store. Instead, you must walk, deal with public transit, or ask a friend or family member for a ride. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to try and restore driving privileges after a DUI conviction.
License Suspension versus Revocation
There are two ways your driving privileges can be removed: suspension and revocation. The process of restoring privileges is different for each. As such, it is important that you understand the difference between a suspension and a revocation. A suspension is a temporary loss of your license, and it typically has an expiration period. On the other hand, a revocation is a complete cancellation of your license. You can have it restored, but the process is highly complex.
Restoring Driving Privileges After Suspension
First, second, and third DUI convictions typically result in suspension of a license, not revocation. The duration of the suspension will usually depend on the number of previous convictions, but the specific details of your case may be factored in as well. For example, a first offense DUI will generally result in a six-month summary suspension, but refusing to a chemical test can increase that suspension by an additional six months.
Circumstances will determine whether you may be eligible for a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) or a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). Both generally require the installation of a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID), which is a breathalyzer that connects to the ignition of your vehicle and prevents you from starting it if you test over the limit.
Restoring Driving Privileges After Revocation
Though admittedly more difficult than restoring driving privileges after a suspension, it is possible to have your driving privileges reinstated after a revocation of your license. Done through a Formal Hearing, the process is quite complex and full of potential land mines. One misstep and your request could be denied. As such, it is highly recommended that individuals are hoping to reinstate their license after a revocation seek assistance from an attorney.
Contact Our Experienced License Reinstatement Attorney
If you or someone you love has had their driving privileges suspended or revoked, contact Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law. Backed by more than 25 years of experience, our Arlington Heights license reinstatement lawyer can help you effectively navigate the reinstatement process. In every situation, we aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Learn more about how we can assist with your case. Call 847-253-3400 today.
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