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.