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Driver’s License Suspensions and Revocations

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The ability to drive a vehicle on public roads is a privilege. Sometimes, a person can have their license taken away as punishment for certain crimes. In the state of Illinois, the Secretary of State has the authority to suspend or even completely revoke a person’s driver’s license. If you are an Illinois driver, you should be aware of the types of infractions that can result in losing your license and what you should do if your license is revoked or suspended .

A driver’s license suspension refers to an instance when a person’s driver’s license, and therefore ability to legally drive, is temporarily taken away. A suspension usually lasts a year or less, but in some circumstances, a suspension can last longer. Sometimes a suspension does not have a defined duration but, instead, only lasts until the person pays a fine or meets other requirements. The revocation of a driver’s license is generally more serious and can last anywhere from a year to life - sometimes with no promise of reinstatement. If someone wishes to reverse a license revocation, he or she must convince a Secretary of State hearing officer that he or she is no longer a liability on the roads.

Violations That Can Result in License Suspension or Revocation

There are many infractions which can cause a person to lose their license. Some of the most common reasons for a license revocation or suspension include:

• Failing or refusing a breathalyzer test when suspected of driving under the influence (DUI);

• Being convicted of DUI;

• Committing three or more moving violations within one year;

• Having more than nine unpaid parking tickets;

• Being caught driving with a suspended, expired, or revoked license;

• Not appearing in court for a traffic violation;

• Refusing to pay court-imposed fines;

• Not paying court-ordered child support;

• Being involved in an accident without car insurance;

• Leaving the scene of an accident; and

• Creating, buying, or selling a fake ID .

If you any of these situations apply to you, you are in danger of losing your ability to legally drive. To have your suspended or revoked driver's license reinstated in Illinois, you are required to have a hearing with a Secretary of State hearing officer.

Contact a Skilled Joliet Driver’s License Reinstatement Attorney for Help

For legal assistance you can count on, contact the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba today. Call 81-740-4025 to speak with an experienced Will County driver’s license reinstatement lawyer about your available options. You may be eligible for programs that allow you to legally drive while your case is pending.

Underage Drinking and Driving During Prom Season

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As the weather continues to warm up, high school students throughout Northern Illinois will soon be approaching prom season. It is an exciting time of year, and many teenagers have already chosen the “right” dress or tuxedo to turn heads during the big event. While most students are looking forward to festivities that surround prom, many parents are worried about their children and the possibility of alcohol being part of the “fun.” If you are a parent with son or daughter who will be attending the prom, it is important for you to have a focused conversation with your child about the dangers of underage drinking, as well as drinking and driving underage drinking, as well as drinking and driving.

Penalties for Underage Drinking

In addition to the prom itself, your child may receive invitations to events both before and after the dance. Some of these events may be put on by the school or community groups in an effort to curb underage drinking, while others may be private after-parties at another student’s house or a hotel room. As you could probably guess, alcohol is likely to be available at virtually any unofficial post-prom party.

According to Illinois law, the possession or consumption of alcohol possession or consumption of alcohol by a person under age of 21 is illegal. Both are considered to be Class A misdemeanor offenses. As misdemeanors, it is possible for an underage drinking violation to incur jail time of up to one year, but in practice, jail time is unlikely. A person caught drinking underage, however, will be required to pay fines of up to $2,500. He or she will also face a driver’s license suspension of one year upon conviction. If court supervision is offered in place of a conviction, the license suspension will be for three months.

Underage DUI

When it comes to drinking and driving, Illinois maintains a “ Zero Tolerance ” policy for those who are under 21. This means that if a teen driver is found to have any alcohol in his or her system whatsoever, he or she is subject to prosecution for driving under the influence. If the driver submits to a blood-alcohol content (BAC) test, and the results are greater than 0.00, the driver’s license will be suspended for three months for a first offense and for one year for a second offense. If an underage driver refuses a testing, his or her license will be suspended for six months for a first offense and two years for a second offense. These suspensions apply regardless of a whether a conviction is handed down.

An underage driver who is convicted on DUI charges will have his or her driver’s license revoked for a minimum of two years. The revocation is in addition to the fines and possible jail time associated with a DUI conviction for a driver of legal drinking age. A convicted underage driver may also be ordered to participate in the state’s Youthful Intoxicated Driver’s Visitation Program—an educational program designed to deter future drinking and driving incidents.

Contact an Attorney for Help

Prom season is the time to make memories, not to destroy lives. If your son or daughter is facing charges for underage drinking or underage DUI, contact an experienced Will County criminal defense attorney to get the guidance your family needs. Call 815-740-4025 for a free, no-obligation consultation at the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba today.

Learn by Example: Fleeing or Resisting Police Is Never a Good Idea

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If the very thought of being loaded in a police car and taken to jail makes you tense up, that is normal; the human “fight or flight” instinct is very strong. But if you find yourself in a situation where you are about to be arrested, you need to stay calm and cooperate, or you risk getting into even worse trouble. Take a lesson from these recent news stories about people whose lack of self-control led them to flee from the police, piling the charge of resisting arrest on top of other charges:

Do Not Threaten to Toss an Officer Into a River

In March 2018, a Joliet law enforcement officer spotted a man wandering about the parking lot adjacent to the police station. The officer pointed out the “No Trespassing” signs in the lot and directed the man to leave. The man allegedly took up a fighting stance and threatened to throw the office into the Des Plaines River, then fled the scene. Two police officers captured the man before he got very far and placed him under arrest , charging him with criminal trespass, aggravated assault, and obstructing a police officer.

The Police Can Chase Faster Than You Can Run

Also in March 2018, a Romeoville man allegedly followed his ex-girlfriend to her place of employment, where he hit her and threatened her with a handgun . By the time police arrived on the scene, the man was nowhere to be found. When officers showed up at the man’s home, he attempted to flee but was captured and taken to the Will County jail. The man has been charged with domestic battery, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm without a valid FOID card, and resisting a police officer.

You Can Try to Run and Hide, But the Police Will Eventually Find You

In April 2018, Will County Sheriff’s deputies were tracking someone with an active warrant on Fuller Avenue in Joliet. When the deputies approached a vehicle to speak with the person inside, the driver allegedly reversed and struck one deputy, then shifted into drive and almost struck the second deputy as he sped away. A search for the driver led them to a room at the Rodeway Inn in Joliet, where the man allegedly jumped out of the window of his room. One of the deputies managed to tackle him and arrest him. The man was charged with aggravated battery and assault to a police officer, criminal damage to property, obstructing justice, and aggravated resisting a police officer. According to a Will County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, the man said that he fled because he knew he had active warrants and that he apologized to deputies for his behavior. Ironically, the active warrants included a charge of aggravated fleeing and eluding police.

Trust an Experienced Joliet Criminal Defense Attorney

Running away from police in hopes of avoiding an arrest may seem like a good option, but it often only makes a situation worse. If you have been charged with fleeing the police, resisting arrest or obstruction of an officer, contact a Joliet criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Call the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba at 815-740-4025 for a free and confidential consultation; phone calls are answered 24 hours a day.

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