Getting Your Driver’s License Reinstated After a DUI Arrest
While jail sentences and convictions are usually two of the foremost concerns of driving under the influence (DUI) offenders in Illinois, the loss of driving privileges can be an issue that causes many additional problems for people. It is important for people to understand that the State of Illinois can take two different actions with a driver’s license, revocation or suspension.
A suspension is a far more lenient punishment because a person only loses driving privileges for a specific period of time and the license becomes reactivated as soon as a person pays their license reinstatement fee. Revocation is another matter entirely because, after the period of revocation ends, a person still cannot drive until they first attend a hearing with the Illinois Secretary or State to seek license reinstatement.
Seeking Reinstatement of Driving Privileges
In a driver’s license revocation case, a person will usually have to schedule a hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State. SOS license reinstatement hearings can be formal or informal. An informal hearing is permitted for people with only one DUI and general first offenders for other offenses, while multiple offenders and more serious violations can lead to formal hearings. Formal reinstatement hearings are similar to courtroom trials and must be scheduled in advance. Informal hearings require no advance scheduling.
Drivers who have had their licenses revoked for DUI may be required to undergo drug and alcohol evaluations, complete an alcohol and drug education program, appear before a Secretary of State hearing officer, demonstrate that they will not endanger the public if their driving privileges are restored, show proof of financial responsibility, and pay applicable fees. Each client’s case is different and therefore may require specific requirements.
Restricted Driving Permits and Monitoring Device Driving Permits
It is illegal to drive when your license is revoked or suspended. However, the state of Illinois offers special permits for people who have lost their driving privileges that allow them to get back on the road legally. Clients can be eligible for a restricted driving permit (monitoring device driving permit) or in some cases, a probationary permit. These permits allow you to get back on the road legally, prior to you revocations being lifted.
Contact a DUI License Reinstatement Lawyer
If you lost your license because of a DUI arrest, contact our Will County DUI license reinstatement attorney for help. Experienced attorney Jack L. Zaremba can explain the steps you need to take to get your license reinstated and guide you through the process. You can call 815-740-4025 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.