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Rolling Meadows, IL DUI Lawyer

For decades, various organizations in the United States have attempted to lower the number of DUI incidents and drunk driving deaths through a variety of methods. Despite many gains, fatalities continue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 11,000 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes nationwide in 2017. Because DUI deaths remain common, DUI laws have become more strict and judges have sentenced offenders harshly. 

One of the methods Illinois uses to deter DUI offenders from becoming repeat violators is by imposing driver’s license suspensions and revocations on those convicted of DUI. Still, many are given a chance to drive as needed to support themselves and their families.

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Arlington Heights Driver's License Attorney

There are many consequences you can face after a DUI conviction. Depending on your specific circumstances, you could see hefty fines, jail time and a driver’s license suspension or revocation. If your license is suspended or revoked because of a DUI, you will be required to attend a hearing at the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office in order to apply for a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP), a restricted driving permit (RDP) or a full reinstatement of your driving privileges.

Administrative hearings come in two types: formal and informal. Just like the names sound, a formal hearing is more extensive than an informal hearing. It is important to understand the differences between the two types of hearings so you can be fully prepared when you attend yours with an experienced DUI attorney.

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Arlington Heights DUI Lawyer

Many people think driving is a right that everyone in the United States should have. In reality, driving is a privilege that can be taken away for a multitude of offenses. 

That is the case in Illinois, where some of the ways you can lose your license may surprise you. If you face a driver’s license suspension from any of these violations, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office will send you a written notice. 

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Illinois license reinstatement lawyerLosing your Illinois driver’s license after a DUI arrest can be frustrating, infuriating, and inconvenient, all at once. In some cases, it may even place your livelihood at risk. Thankfully, it may be possible for you to reinstate your license – even if only partially. Alternatively, it may be possible to avoid the suspension altogether. Learn more about protecting your Illinois driver’s license after a DUI arrest, and discover how an experienced DUI defense lawyer can help.

Probation and DUI Treatment Programs

Probation and DUI treatment programs can serve as a viable alternative to long-term license suspension for some individuals. It requires that the individual receive an evaluation, attend treatment, and have knowledge of the effect that alcohol can have on the mind and body. Some may also be required to attend support groups, even after their probation or treatment program is complete. Keep in mind that this option is usually only available to first-time offenders and that successful completion of the process is required to avoid conviction.

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driver's license reinstatement lawyerIf you have lost driving privileges as part of a criminal charge in Illinois, you need to speak with an attorney about the process of getting your license reinstated. Don’t attempt to drive when your license is suspended, because the consequences go beyond typical traffic violations.

At the bare minimum, being caught driving under a suspended license is a Class A misdemeanor with a possible fine of $2,500 and as many as 364 days spent in jail. Depending on your record, the penalties can get stiffer: you can spend up to seven years in prison with fines of up to $25,000.

You might be eligible to receive a restricted driving permit or reinstatement. You can only get your driving privileges reinstated on or after your eligibility date. If you haven’t reached your eligibility date yet, you could get a restricted driving permit. You would need to provide evidence of "undue hardship" as a result of lost driving privileges. Examples of undue hardship include medical care or daycare for children or elderly individuals, or court ordered community service or employment. You’d need to contact a hearing officer in order to start the ball rolling on this process.

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