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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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Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyerDriving 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.

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driving privileges, DUI, Illinois Criminal Defense AttorneyBeing stopped for a suspected DUI is always a stressful situation, with the potential for a diverse array of unfortunate consequences. One of these consequences, if you are arrested for DUI in Illinois, is a suspension of driving privileges.

A driving suspension for DUI in Illinois means that you are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle anywhere in the state. If you are caught driving on a suspended license, you will face criminal charges. Often, these will be felony level charges, with substantial penalties.

When you are arrested for DUI in Illinois, the arresting officer will give you a notice of statutory summary suspension. You should receive a copy of the notice during your arrest and there are two additional copies that go into the state system. One copy will go to the clerk’s office in the county where you were apprehended, in the jurisdiction where your case will be heard. The other copy will be sent to the Illinois Secretary of State.

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