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DuPage County Driver's License Suspension Attorney

Lawyers Assisting With Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement

Driving is a necessity for most people in the United States, and a driver's license is essential for commuting to work, transporting family members, or simply getting around town. The suspension or revocation of your driver's license can cause major hardship, and attempting to drive when your license is suspended will only cause further problems, since Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) is a Class A misdemeanor.

Driver's License Suspension in Illinois

Drivers in Illinois may face the suspension or revocation of their license in a number of circumstances, including:

  • DUI - An arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will result in an automatic Statutory Summary Suspension of six months to one year for a first offense, and one to three years for a second or subsequent offense within five years.
  • Traffic violations - A person's license can be suspended or revoked if they are convicted of three or more speeding violations or other traffic violations within one year.
  • Parking tickets - A driver who has 10 or more parking violations that have not been satisfied may face suspension of their license until the parking tickets have been paid.
  • Failure to pay fines - Failing to pay five or more fines or penalties for automated traffic violations or tollway violations will result in a suspension. A hold may also be placed on a person's driver's license if they have not paid court-ordered fines, preventing them from renewing their license.
  • Failure to appear - A person's driver's license may be suspended if they fail to appear at a required court date after receiving a ticket for a traffic violation.
  • Lack of insurance - If an uninsured driver is found to be at fault in a car accident in that resulted in injury, death, or property damage of more than $500, their license will be suspended until they can demonstrate compliance with Illinois' Safety Responsibility Law.
  • Failing an emissions test - A person's driver's license can be suspended if their vehicle fails the emissions test required by the state of Illinois, and the suspension will remain in effect until the vehicle passes the test or the driver shows that the vehicle has been sold or is no longer operative.
  • Failure to pay child support - Under Illinois' "Deadbeats Don't Drive" law, a parent who is delinquent in paying court-ordered child support by more than 90 days may have their driver's license suspended until they are in compliance with court orders.

Driver's License Holds for Out of State Residents

When residents of another state are arrested for DUI while driving in Illinois, or if they commit another offense that would result in a driver's license suspension, a hold will be placed on their driver's license through the National Driver's Database, preventing them from renewing their license or applying for a new license in another state.

To clear an Illinois driver's license hold, residents of other states may appear at a court hearing, or they may submit a Non-Resident/Out-of-State Petitioner Hearing Application. If they are able to demonstrate that they do not pose a risk to public safety, the hold on their driver's license will be lifted.

The application and hearing for non-resident driver's license reinstatement can be complicated, and providing the wrong answers to questions can result in a permanent hold that will make it impossible to renew or apply for a driver's license in another state. In these cases, it is essential to have an experienced attorney on your side who can help you navigate the process successfully.

Contact an Oak Brook License Suspension Defense Lawyer

If you are facing the suspension of your driver's license, the skilled attorneys of Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. can help you successfully navigate the reinstatement process. With our knowledge of the policies and procedures of traffic courts and our years of experience representing clients, we can help you meet your legal requirements and represent you in Secretary of State reinstatement hearings. Contact a Lombard driver's license defense lawyer at 630-472-9700 to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in Hinsdale, Willowbrook, Downers Grove, Westmont, DuPage County and Cook County.

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