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Joliet Lawyer for Driving While Suspended

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Charges for Driving With a Suspended License in Plainfield and Will County

If you are reading these words, there is an excellent chance that your license has been suspended. There are over 50 ways for the State to take your driver's license, some of which have nothing to do with traffic tickets or driving safety, and it does not hesitate to use any one of them. Most drivers (about 80 percent, according to the government) simply ignore the suspension order and keep driving. This approach almost always ends badly, as a routine check at a traffic stop or checkpoint will mean extremely high fines and probable jail time.

There is considerable debate as to whether these laws serve any useful purpose, other than revenue production. The vocal attorneys at Reeder & Brown, P.C. speak up and speak out to protect people against any unfair laws. We never take the State's evidence at face value. Instead, we make sure that your story is told and your rights are protected.

How It Happens

Safety-related suspensions and social-related suspensions are now the rules in nearly all jurisdictions. The suspensions in Illinois are:

  • DUI: A conviction, BAC above .08, or refusal to provide a chemical specimen triggers a license suspension.
  • Failure to Appear: Missing a court date in a municipal court for a traffic ticket or low-level misdemeanor also leads to license suspension; a reinstatement fee may apply, in some cases.
  • Too Many Movers Suspension: As few as three minor tickets, in many cases, means a three-month suspension; subsequent violators may lose their licenses for up to a year.
  • Unpaid Citations: The State suspended driver's licenses for ten parking tickets or five red-light tickets.
  • Failure to Pay Court Fines: While not technically a suspension, persons with some overdue fines are not able to renew their driver's licenses until the money is paid.
  • Deadbeats Do Not Drive: This program suspends the licenses of persons with past-due child support.
  • Tollway Violations: These suspensions are similar to the unpaid citations category; five toll violations or evasions lead to adverse action.

The reinstatement fee is between $70 and $500, depending on the type of suspension or revocation.

How to Respond

Driving While License Suspended is a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum one year in jail and $2,500 fine; aggravating circumstances, such as driving on a DUI suspension or not having insurance, make the offense a Class 4 felony. To avoid these penalties, the Secretary of State has the authority to reinstate a suspended license partially and allow a person to drive until the period expires. Depending on the type of violation, there is either a formal or informal hearing.

At the absolute minimum, the hearing officer will require certain documents. For example, first-time DUI offenders with a BAC under .15 must complete a driver education program while subsequent offenders must generally complete 12-20 hours of alcohol treatment and any required aftercare. However, the officer can still deny your petition, even if you produce the required documents.

If you convince the Secretary of State that your driving does not pose an unreasonable danger, and you have a legitimate hardship, the officer will generally issue a Restricted Driving Permit that allows you to drive at certain times, in certain places, and under certain conditions.

A suspended driver's license has serious consequences. For a free consultation with an attorney who can minimize or eliminate these consequences, contact Reeder & Brown, P.C. at 815-885-5980. The sooner you call, the sooner we can help.

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