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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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Illinois license reinstatement lawyerIf you are planning on moving but your Illinois driver’s license has been revoked, you may wonder if you will be permitted to drive in the new state. You may also wonder what will happen when it comes to your record. Rest assured that, even if your license has been revoked for a DUI or repeated traffic violations in Illinois, you may still be able to restore your driving privileges.

Restoring Your Illinois License

One option you may have is to try and restore your Illinois driver’s license. To do this, you would need to undergo a hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State. While you do not need an attorney to complete this process, it is highly advised that you hire one. One misstep in the process could cause lengthy delays or could result in a denial of your request.

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ALR hearing, Arlington Heights DUI defense lawyer, drunk driving, DUI arrest, license revocation hearingA DUI in Illinois is actually two separate proceedings: the criminal prosecution and the Administrative License Revocation action to suspend a drivers’ license. A surprising number of people do not even request an ALR hearing. But, whether you win or lose, the experienced DUI defense lawyers in DuPage County can use the ALR hearing to your advantage.

Background

If you are arrested for DUI, the state will initiate suspension proceedings. Your license can be suspended for up to one year if you fail a chemical test, and up to three years if you refuse to submit to a breath or blood test. But before the state can take action, you have a right to a hearing. Typically you only have 15 days to exercise this right, so you have to act fast.

Process

The ALR hearing officer is not a judge, and may not even be a lawyer. The hearing officer serves as both prosecutor and jury. Since it is technically not a criminal process, the criminal rules of procedure do not apply. Most significantly, and this happens rather frequently, you may be called to testify against yourself.

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